5 Key Things To Look For In Bar Screen Technology
By Bethany Bauer, Duperon Corporation
When considering an investment in mechanically cleaned bar screen technology, site owners are most often looking for simplicity. The mission of the bar screen at a plant’s intake is to ease the remainder of the wastewater process – removing the bulk of troublesome, non-conforming debris from the wastewater stream to protect delicate downstream equipment.
However, with so many preliminary liquids/solids separation technologies to consider, it’s difficult to determine what equipment will be most effective in accomplishing this mission. In some cases, operators can find themselves spending just as much time maintaining the intake screen as the rest of the processes – not exactly the simplicity originally intended. Intake bar screens can become clogged by grit, grease and stringy contaminants; large or irregularly shaped objects can damage the screen and even jam or bind the screening process, requiring operator intervention for removal.
These issues cut into the operational benefits that site owners expect from the equipment, creating expensive maintenance and unreliable performance. To ensure an investment in mechanically cleaned bar screen technology that will pay off over time, consider these five capabilities critical to effective bar screen technology.