Prepare your vibrating screens for a productive 2016

2016 has well and truly begun. Now is the time to ensure your vibrating screen is in top working order for the year to optimise your mineral processing operations. We all know the pace of the industry – there is no time for downtime – so working with an OEM screening specialist is crucial for ensuring equipment efficiency. Be sure to inspect every component regularly - from the feed box to the discharge lip. Trained screening specialists have a keen eye for spotting cracks and wear areas, as well as the knowledge to help get any machine ready for the rest of the year.

Beyond thorough inspection, we recommend installing OEM parts. Each component is designed specifically for the equipment and offers a longer wear life compared to aftermarket components. Plus, certain manufacturers keep OEM parts stocked at all times - minimising downtime.

Here are three steps to prepare your equipment for this year:

Step 1. Inspect liners: Does the shaft liner need replacing? The liners protect the shaft housing and internal bearings. If one shows signs of heavy wear, such as shiny or fractured areas, replace it. Certain manufacturers offer rubber and polyurethane liners, which stand up to even the most abrasive materials, such as ore, sand or gravel. Installing an abrasion-resistant liner, such as a polyurethane cross member liner, also provides additional wear resistance. Polyurethane’s properties outperform steel and plastic, and work well in rough, high-impact areas.

Step 2. Examine side plates: High wear areas, such as between the side plate and tension rail, require regular monitoring. When wear occurs, installing bar rail liners helps prevent further damage to the equipment. If you already use liners, it’s important to check them regularly; if worn liners go unnoticed, the side plates will wear and possibly crack, resulting in costly downtime and repairs. If the plates have already cracked, call an OEM. Certain manufactures provide certified technicians to install a repair kit on-site, which prevents further damage to the equipment.

Step 3. Repair and replace hardware: Inspect the tensioning hardware – nuts, bolts and washers – and replace if necessary. Also, take a good look at the tension rails. Are they worn, bent or cracked? If so, replace them. When changing tension rails, look for rails with a urethane coating; this extends the life of the rail significantly.

Overall, working with an OEM to perform regular equipment inspections increases equipment reliability and precision. For more frequent analysis, consider an advanced vibration analysis system that gives real-time operational feedback.

At HAVER & BOECKER, our screening specialists use the Pro-Deck approach – a sure-fire method to increase efficiency and productivity. The consultation includes innovative testing as well as an on-site inspection of your vibrating machine and screen media by a certified technician. This keeps operations running smoothly and minimises downtime, which result in great productivity and profits.

Interested in a Pro-Deck inspection? Contact us today.


HAVER & BOECKER Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of German-based HAVER & BOECKER (, a leading developer and manufacturer of processing and packing technology for the minerals, chemicals and building materials industries.

Founded in 1887, HAVER & BOECKER has more than 125 years of experience in supplying innovative solutions worldwide for the processing, storage, mixing, packing, filling, palletising and loading of bulk materials.

Its products are offered through the Group’s seven technology members: HAVER & TYLER, IBAU Hamburg, Feige Filling, Sommer, BEHN + BATES, Newtec Bag Palletising and HAVER & BOECKER.

It is the company’s mission to bring new approaches and technologies to market that set new benchmarks in efficiency and productivity.