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KWATANI IMPLEMENTS TESTWORK REGIME TO FILL GAPS IN SCREEN SIZING MODELS

screening and washing feature international mining oct 2019 Kwatani, leading vibrating screen and feeder original equipment manufacturer (OEM), is pushing the boundaries to facilitate the lowest total cost of ownership on large vibrating screens and feeders. To do this, the company is calling for a change in the approach by EPC, EPCM and end users when it comes to specifying large vibrating screens and feeders.

Kwatani, leading vibrating screen and feeder original equipment manufacturer (OEM), is pushing the boundaries to facilitate the lowest total cost of ownership on large vibrating screens and feeders. To do this, the company is calling for a change in the approach by EPC, EPCM and end users when it comes to specifying large vibrating screens and feeders.

 

Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers, chief operating officer of the South African-based OEM, says that just because something has been the norm for years, does not mean that it is acceptable or, more importantly, that it will produce the required outcome.

 

The primary issue, he says, are the gaps in the available data on screen sizing models. “This is a known in industry but has never been adequately addressed across the board. Now, more than ever, there is a need to establish robust screen sizing protocols that will produce accurate data on both vibrating screen and screen panel performance.”

 

Kwatani has started a testwork regime that will challenge the existing parameters, and is intended to fill in the gaps where data for screening performance has largely been guesswork.

 

“Further, the performance of screening machinery should not be defined by the technology being used, but rather by the parameters used to engineer the screen and the screen media panels,” Mayhew-Ridgers says.

 

The starting point should be premised on the question - what does the plant need? It should not be about pushing particular technologies. This does, however, require that decision makers need to be well-informed, which means decisions should not be made without access to the correct information.

 

Mayhew-Ridgers stresses that knowledge is power and this testwork regime will include data that looks at both the mechanical parameter as well as the process parameter influences and how these integrate and affect the operation of large vibrating equipment.

 

“We anticipate a paradigm shift that will see enormous benefits for the end-users and will change the way OEMs and screen panel manufacturers work,” he concludes.