Major Wire Introduces 1’ x 2’ Modular Panels With Vibrating Wire Flex-Mat® 3 Advanced Technology


April 5, 2011

Candiac, Quebec, Canada – Montreal-based Major Wire Industries Limited starts introducing its full line of new 1-foot x 2-foot (305 mm to 610 mm) Flex-Mat® 3 Self-Cleaning Polyurethane Modular screen media panels this spring. This new screen media size fits virtually any flat-surface screen deck, so screening operations using traditional 1-foot x 1-foot (305 mm x 305 mm) and 1-foot x 2-foot polyurethane and rubber panels can increase their existing screening capacity and in-spec material throughput up to 50 percent. Screening operations can choose between snap-, step-, pin- and grooved-types in opening sizes of 30 mesh, or 0.020 inches, up to 1-1/2 inches (30 mesh, or 0.5 mm, to 38 mm). Proven Flex-Mat 3 Modular 1-foot x 1-foot panels were introduced earlier in 2007.

Both Flex-Mat 3 Modular’s 1-foot x 1-foot and 1-foot x 2-foot panels provide up to 50 percent more screen open area than traditional rigid polyurethane and rubber panels. In addition, each new 1-foot x 2-foot Flex-Mat 3 Modular panel increases total screen media open area by 4.6% when compared to using two 1-foot x 1-foot panels to cover the same screen deck area. No screen box changes are necessary to switch to the larger panels.

One key to Flex-Mat 3’s success in both tensioned and modular screen media is its independently vibrating wires that increase product throughput over traditional rigid polyurethane and rubber panels by creating more screening action and eliminating blinding, pegging and clogging. By stretching the wire and using two different configurations of Major Wire’s signature lime green strips, the new 1-foot x 2-foot modular panels employ the same independently vibrating wires without sacrificing wear life. 

For modular panels with wire diameters smaller than 0.135 inches (3.4 mm), the wire is tensioned and a polyurethane strip is placed every 6 inches (152 mm) to ensure the wires independently vibrate. For modular panels with larger wire diameters, the polyurethane strips are placed every 1 foot (305 mm) of the non-tensioned wire so the wires independently vibrate.

Flex-Mat 3 Modular panels install easily using the same fastening systems as traditional polyurethane and rubber panels and are available in both stainless steel and Major Wire’s proprietary OptimumWire®. Wire diameters range from 0.025 inches to 3/8 inches (0.6 mm to 9.5 mm). Snap- and step-types are available in 1-foot x 2-foot sizes, while the pin- and grooved-types are available in both 1-foot x 1-foot and 1-foot x 2-foot sizes.

Both Tensioned and Modular Flex-Mat 3 are ideal screening solutions in many applications, including aggregate, mining, sand & gravel, aglime, recycled concrete and asphalt, C&D recycle, coal, slag, talc, top soil, salt, mulch, industrial minerals and green waste.

Celebrating more than 125 years in business, Major Wire Industries Limited designs, manufactures and markets screening solutions, including Flex-Mat® 3 High-Performance, Self-Cleaning Screen Media in Tensioned and Modular versions, OptimumWireÒ and stainless steel woven wire cloth for the quarry, mining, recycling and industrial markets. Major Wire is ISO 9001:2008 registered. For more information, contact Major Wire Industries Limited, 225 North Montcalm Blvd., Candiac, Québec, Canada J5R 3L6; telephone: 450.659.7681; fax: 450.659.5570; e-mail or visit its website at

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