SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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Conceptual Design Framework For Developing A Reconfigurable Vibrating Screen For Small And Medium Mining Enterprises
Boitumelo Innocent Ramatsetse, Oduetse Matsebe, Khumbulani Mpofu, Dawood Desai

Last modified: 2013-06-25


In many mining applications worldwide, the need to keep up with production demands is becoming a necessity.  However there are some factors such as screening size which play a role in preventing the current mining machineries to keep up with the ever-increasing production demands. Regardless of these factors, many researches are creating new innovative designs that will deal with these factors effectively. This paper presents a framework that has a structured approach for developing a reconfigurable vibrating screen for the use of  small and medium mining enterprises. The research explores the current literature and the review of current design approaches used to develop vibrating screens. The paper also provides detailed methodologies to be used for concept selection, structural analysis, component simulations and performance evaluation of the machine, so that it can be utilized during the entire design processes cycle. The framework developed also provides suitable guidance for designers to make appropriate decisions from the initial stage of the design to the commercialization of the machines. All the necessary characteristics needed to be incorporated into the existing vibrating screens are well defined and included in the framework. It is suggested that the preliminary framework be applied for similar reconfigurable machinery in the small and medium mining sector.


Keywords: framework, reconfigurability, production, screening



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