Industrial sifters changed the economic landscape for many different industries.
In this article, we’ll explain what industrial sifters are, the benefits of using them, and what people did before they had that technology.
An industrial sifter does exactly what its name implies. It sifts through raw materials to find one or more specific kinds of material and separates the two.
For example, you may have a mix of dirt and other materials from a construction site. You can put those materials through a sifter to help separate dirt, rocks, metal, and other forms of construction waste. Separating useful or profitable materials from the waste materials will help you recoup some of your costs from your build on an industrial level.
You can take the metals and sell them in bulk to someone who can recycle and repurpose them.
Sifters are used in a wide variety of different industries.
Some of those industries include the following:
Whether you work in one of these industries, or another one that does similar work, there are many benefits to using an industrial sifter. Here are some of the primary benefits of using an industrial sifter that you’ll hear industry leaders mention.
Industrial sifters can out-perform other material sifting solutions that are available to the industry. Meaning you can sift through your raw materials faster and more efficiently, maximizing your profits from the useful materials and minimizing the loss of those same materials that were lost in an alternative sifting process. Not only is it more efficient, but it’s faster too. Meaning you can save time and money by sifting the same amount of material in a shorter amount of time or more material in the same amount of time.
Industrial equipment continues to change and improve. Current vibratory technology not only runs faster and more efficiently than past machines, but it runs quieter too. Today’s vibratory machines are engineered to be both energy-efficient and safer. These safer machines help expose employees to fewer health hazards, protecting both the worker and your company.
Alternatives to industrial sifters seem to only serve one purpose. For example, you’ll need one solution for liquids and another solution for solids. But industrial sifters can be outfitted to handle both situations. You can purchase one adjustable, high-force vibrator and sift through a range of materials from solids, to powders, to viscous liquids.
Other sifting solutions usually are in fixed locations. But you can move most industrial sifters. Their mobility means you can use them in different locations across your plant reducing the need for large-scale material logistics.
Another great feature of industrial sifters is the fact that they need minimal maintenance. Meaning they do not cost a lot of money to keep or maintain and if you buy your industrial sifter from a proven brand, they’ll last for a long time. This will help you save money on upkeep while keeping your business running smoothly for the long run.
A lot of industrial sifters offer hand-operated, quick-release clamps that help you quickly change screens. They also make the cleaning process go faster so that you’re spending less time between screening projects prepping for the next one and more time just screening for the useful materials you’re looking for.
There are different kinds of sifters out there. Some may cater to the needs of one kind of company or one specific industry so make sure you understand your current sifting needs and how sifting could play into potential areas of growth for your company so you can make sure that the industrial sifter you’re picking is right for you and your business.
As we’ve mentioned, there are alternatives to industrial sifters. We’ll be talking about two options specifically. Each option comes with its own history, benefit, and drawback.
Metal casting is a process that has been used for thousands of years to make a variety of different metal products. Some of the materials that were used in metal casting, such as sand and reclaimed equipment, could be reused for future goods. That being said, before the invention of industrial sifters, people had to usually pick these goods out of waste manually. Some materials could be picked by hand while others would need either machine or literal horsepower depending on the era of human history.
Miners and salvagers also picked materials by hand. At one point, companies began creating sluices with waster and ran that viscous liquid down a conveyor belt with lines of pickers on both sides of the conveyor picking materials out by hand.
In both industries, hand-picking made sorting and processing so expensive that it was just cheaper to count it all as waste and buy new materials. This was a problem because it took more of a toll on the earth’s non-renewable while also losing different companies money in the long run.
Now technology has improved so much that sifting is not only a viable option, but an unquestionably lucrative part of many industries.
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