Ian's Guide to Industrial Manufacturing

4 Signs Your Disc Screen Is Failing

In the material handling and processing business, screening equipment like disc screens can be handy. That's particularly true if you need to separate materials in your operations. For instance, you may need to separate materials before they enter a grinder, shredder, chipper, etc., for maximum efficiency. Generally, disc screens are designed to withstand the impact of heavy materials, including rocks. Therefore, they don't easily wear from abrasion. However, continuous abuse and normal wear and tear down the line could take a toll on your disc screener, calling for repairs. Here's how you can tell that your disc is failing and needs repairs.

Look For Visual Cues

Your routine maintenance checklist should include regular visual inspections of your disc screens. It's imperative that you do this frequently, depending on your usage level. For instance, if you use your disc screens daily, it will help to do a visual check of the equipment at the end of the day once operations are complete. Doing this can go a long way in helping you identify potential issues that could affect its efficiency.

Listen For Unusual Sounds

Disc screens may not be silent when running. However, paying attention to the sounds your disc screen makes when running can help you detect potential issues. Generally, disc screens contain a series of discs mounted on shaft assemblies. As the disc screens continue running, they may become loose over time. In addition, the shaft assemblies typically mounted on a frame may also loosen with time. Such issues may result in unusual banging, scraping, or rattling noises. Therefore, be keen to identify such indicators to plan for inspections early enough and avoid reduced efficiencies, machine breakdown, and costlier repairs.

Check Material Inconsistency

You can also tell whether your disc screen is failing by looking at the quality of the material. A properly functioning disc screen will allow for consistency in the separated materials. Therefore, quality issues will always indicate a problem with the equipment. For instance, are you seeing bigger than usual pieces of material being sorted? This could be an indicator of missing or loose components on your disc screen, allowing the passage of larger pieces.

Notice If The Machine Is Struggling

Disc screens are designed to handle heavy materials without being damaged. However, if you are processing large materials like rocks and your disc screen appears to struggle, chances are it could be faulty. Therefore, consider having it inspected by a technician early enough.

If you suspect you need disc screen repair, talk to a professional in your area.