Choosing The Perfect Cleaning And De-Plugging Method For Your Screener Separator

The very nature of a screener separator makes it difficult to clean, since it's inevitable that your screens will be clogged maybe even before their first shift is up, which can do a number on productivity. In order to optimize your efficiency, you're going to need to figure out the best method for cleaning or otherwise de-plugging your screens in order to cut down on lost time from the cleaning process and any shortcomings that might come with a subpar cleaning regiment. Here are three built- in cleaning and de-plugging methods that should be part of your selection process when picking out a new screener separator. 

Ball Chamber

Vibration is what forces particles through the holes in the wire mesh screen, so it only makes sense that additional vibration will necessarily help this process along. Installing a ball chamber right on top of the screen itself uses large rubber balls that bounce around to encourage particles to go through the holes in the mesh rather than getting clogged and stuck, blocking the mesh. This method is useful because it greatly cuts down on cleaning and de-plugging time, since it uses the force of the machine to clear out the mesh, meaning that the machine pretty much cleans itself to a degree. However, this strategy won't completely get rid of cleaning time, but it does cut down on the amount of downtime due to cleaning the screen. This method works best for screens with larger holes since finer particles can be kicked up into the air by the added vibrations. 


Clean-in-place systems use stationary nozzles that spray chemicals onto the screens while they stay where they normally would during operation. The benefit here is twofold: first, there is no labor involved with removing the screens or opening the machine to reach them. Second, the entire process is automated, which means that a specialist won't have to take time out to clean the screener. Also, if a mechanic notices the output is greatly decreased, it would indicate that the clean-in-place system is malfunctioning, which would warrant a closer inspection.  This is a good option for both fine and less fine screens, since the principles of this method work fairly well for all applications.   

Removable Screens

The most direct method of these three for cleaning out your screens is to buy a separator with removable screens. These models are attractive because they allow for the most thorough job to be done on making sure the entire screen is flawless. This option is best for machines meant to separate smaller particles, since finer screens are inherently harder to clear of small debris than screens with larger, coarser holes. Contact a business such as Midwestern Industries Inc for more information.