Operations that rely on screening as a key component in their value chain can closely monitor their vibrating screens to achieve peak performance and efficiency by using W.S. Tyler’s wireless Vibration Analysis System and Vibration Analysis Partnership Program. The system and the program, according to the company, are designed to help mines and quarries enhance product quality, improve productivity, reduce unscheduled maintenance and extend screen life.

“We set out to create vibration analysis options that will positively impact the bottom line for mines and quarries,” said W.S. Tyler Technology Manager Dieter Takev. “We’ve accomplished that by designing technologically advanced systems that cater to the unique characteristics of vibrating screens and which are user friendly.”

The goal of the Vibration Analysis System is two-fold: Offer the capability to conduct preventative and predicative maintenance, and allow users to achieve higher screening performance by optimizing the parameters of the screen in a way that particles find as many opportunities as possible to pass screen openings.

The Vibration Analysis Service is an in-person program that customers can use at intervals they deem necessary for their operations. Through the service, certified W.S. Tyler technicians visit customers’ sites to collect data from the vibrating screens. The technicians employ signature wireless vibration analysis systems used for monitoring, data collection and analysis of speed, stroke and overall performance of any vibrating screen.

Following each analysis, W.S. Tyler provides a detailed report intended to help mine and quarry operators better understand the interaction between their feed material, screen media and vibrating screens. Tyler says its Vibration Analysis report not only contains all the data and information from the analysis, but offers a translation of the results into easy-to-follow recommendations.

To help customers maintain consistently high performance, W.S. Tyler also offers a technology-based Vibration Analysis Partnership Program. Through the program, the company provides a complete Vibration Analysis Technology Kit, consisting of:

  • Eight wireless Bluetooth accelerometers that are attached to the outside of the vibrating screen to take readings at intervals determined by the customer;
  • A hand-held data collection and analysis device;
  • The analysis software; and
  • Batteries and chargers.

With the hand-held device, customers download vibration data and view initial findings. For a more in-depth report, customers transmit the data to W.S. Tyler via email. The company provides feedback to customers within 24 hours in the form of a one-page report that presents comprehensive analysis and recommendations. The process also creates historical data that customers and W.S. Tyler can use to evaluate performance over extended periods.  

Initial training on the program ensures each customer knows how to use the vibration analysis tools, submit the readings and what to look for in the reports. W.S. Tyler said it can provide this training at its facility in St. Catharines, Ontario. It consists of a combination of classroom and field sessions designed to familiarize operators with the system, its readings and the recommendations.