Major to increase production capacity for Flex-Mat

By |  November 22, 2019
Major expects to have two automated manufacturing lines up and running in early 2020. Photo courtesy of Major

Major expects to have two automated manufacturing lines up and running in early 2020. Photo courtesy of Major

Major plans to expand the manufacturing capacity of its production plants for Flex-Mat high-vibration wire screens.

The company’s project will begin in 2020 and incorporate robotics as a means to automate production of the screens, Major says.

The expansion will further increase the company’s capacity to mass produce the screens while retaining Major’s ability to customize the perfect fit for each individual screen. According to Major, this process will help it better meet customer demand while keeping a short turnaround time with the same high-quality standards.

Major expects to have two automated manufacturing lines up and running in early 2020.

“The Flex-Mat product has established a reputation of high quality and high performance within the industry,” says Bernard Betts, Major president. “With the addition of the automation, we will hold our product to the same quality standards, constructing each piece as if it were completely woven by hand. We will continue to provide a high-quality, high-performance screen that offers the highest output at the lowest cost per ton – and now we can provide it even faster.”

According to Major, the high-frequency movement of Flex-Mat makes the media an active part of the screening process. Major designs Flex-Mat to fit all decks, from scalping to finishing screening.

Flex-Mat can be manufactured with either 304 stainless wire or Major’s OptimumWire. The high-vibration wire screens come in both side or end tension, as well as most standard modular panel formats. They are available in five opening patterns.

Building Flex-Mat screens is a multi-step manufacturing process, Major says, with each production line requiring multiple people. Until now, the labor-intensive process involved assembling each piece of media by hand. The addition of automation will increase Major’s daily capacity.

Kevin Yanik

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Kevin Yanik is the editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry magazine. Yanik can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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