Candiac, Quebec, Canada – Montreal-based Major Wire Industries Limited announces the 15th anniversary of Flex-Mat independently vibrating wire technology, now in its third generation with Flex-Mat 3 Tensioned and Modular versions.
Since its introduction in 1996, Flex-Mat technology has revolutionized the screening industry, providing solutions to common screening challenges and a way to increase product value and return on investment.
Previously, self-cleaning screen media was mostly available through European manufacturers, resulting in long lead times and high costs for North American screening operations. Jean Leblond, president and CEO of Major Wire, solved this problem when he began locally manufacturing tensioned self-cleaning screen media produced without cross wires that lasts up to three times longer than traditional woven wire. Since then, Major Wire has been able to manufacture the product cost effectively with competitive lead times for screening operations throughout the world.
Unique in design, Flex-Mat technology is made of crimped wires assembled side-by-side and held together by distinctive lime-green polyurethane strips. Because each wire vibrates independently, it increases material screening action and in-spec material throughput, virtually eliminates blinding, pegging and clogging and reduces downtime spent cleaning or replacing screen media. Major Wire further advanced Flex-Mat technology by introducing 1-foot x 1-foot (305-mm x 305-mm) panels for modular screen decks in 2007 and 1-foot x 2-foot (305-mm x 610-mm) modular panels in 2011. To date, Flex-Mat vibrating wire technology has been proven in more than 20,000 aggregate, mining and recycle applications worldwide.
Initially available in Series D and T tensioned panels, Flex-Mat technology was offered in Series S in 1999 and LFM Harp Wire in 2001. Introduced in 2005, its third generation, Flex-Mat 3 Tensioned, provides more open area and screening capacity than woven wire. Now available in Flex-Mat 3 Modular, it also provides more open area and screening capacity than traditional polyurethane and rubber panels. In both versions, the technology increases product throughput by up to 40 percent. Flex-Mat 3 provides benefits on every screen box deck: eliminating near-size pegging on top decks, producing cleaner retained product through the middle decks and preventing fine material blinding on bottom decks.
For tensioned screen decks, Flex-Mat 3's signature lime-green polyurethane strips align to the screen box's crown bars and hold individual wires in place as they run from hook to hook. It is available in the industry's broadest range of opening sizes — 30 mesh to 4 inches — and with the widest range of application-specific wire diameters.
On modular screen decks, Flex-Mat 3 is available in 1-foot x 1-foot and 1-foot x 2-foot panels to replace existing polyurethane and rubber panels on each deck wherever throughput is compromised or the entire deck for maximum production. Flex-Mat 3 Modular is available in a variety of attachment systems to fit virtually any flat-surface deck.