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Thinking of Using Rubber Screening Media for Sorting Aggregate Materials?

Material handling and sorting are enormous jobs that require the right equipment. Screening media exists to help several industries, including the mining industry and washing plants, with sorting, washing, and separating aggregates of all kinds to be appropriately classified and sold at the required size.

Choosing the right screening media for the job at hand can be challenging, and there are pros and cons for each type. At Kemper Equipment, we know it can be frustrating to decide if you’ve never really thought about the different options before or are looking to update your current equipment and aren’t sure where to start.

We want to help you maximize both productivity and profit for your operations, and we have put together this informational piece about rubber screening media so you can make the best decision for your business.

Why Choose Rubber Screening Media Over Other Screening Media?

Many operations have used wired screening media for years, getting dependable results they were satisfied with overall. However, there are some cases where using wire screens means high wear and frequent screening media replacements to continue with satisfactory production.

If you are handling abrasive or heavy materials and experiencing a lot of wear and frequent replacements, you may want to consider rubber screening media for your system. Choosing rubber screens over other types provides several distinct advantages:

  • High Wear-Resistance. Rubber screening media is naturally more wear-resistant because they are thicker than other screens, with some rubber screens lasting up to as much at 15 times longer than a traditional wire screen.
  • Performs Equally or Outperforms Other Types of Screening Media. Because of their conical apertures, rubber screening media is faster and more productive than other types of screening media.
  • Overall Noise Reduction. Aggregate materials hitting metal can cause a lot of noise pollution, making for a more dangerous working environment for your employees. Rubber screening media will help with a significant reduction in noise, which helps keep the ears much safer.
  • Higher Quality End Products—Less Contamination. Rubber screens have a proven track record of handling and sorting abrasive and heavy materials exceptionally well, producing a higher quality product for your customers.
  • Easy to Install. This benefit is self-explanatory because easy installation means less downtime for your business and more productive working hours because of that decreased installation period.

What Are the Disadvantages of Rubber Screening Media?

Rubber screening media is not suitable for all types of aggregate production. There are some disadvantages to be considered. For one, rubber screens are typically more suitable for large materials, so if you run a plant that produces finer end-sizes, you may need different types of screens. Rubber screens are best suited for materials that require a screen opening of more than 4 inches.

Another disadvantage is that rubber screening media can get gummed up and clogged if the material passing through is wet or awkwardly shaped. If you need help deciding between different types of screens, please get in touch with us at Kemper Equipment today!

How Do I Choose the Right Screening Media for My Operation?

There are several types of screening media you can choose from for your operations. Woven wire screens have historically been popular, but polyurethane, stainless steel, carbon steel, and rubber screens are also options.

And with advances in screening technologies and screening equipment, all these different types of screening media are more effective than ever before. But what screening media works best for your screening needs? Here are some things to consider when choosing a screening media for your particular operation.


Different screens work well with certain materials. Rubber tends to perform better with larger materials. Updates in screening technologies make rubber screens work well with smaller materials, so your operation may still benefit from rubber screens. Still, if you are unsure if you are handling a material that requires a specific type of screen for sorting, Kemper Equipment can help.


How often are you willing to perform maintenance on your screening setup? Rubber screens need significantly fewer replacements and much less maintenance than wire mesh screens or other types of screening media.


Looking over your operations, you may discover that a change in screening media can help increase your profitability and productivity.

Trust Kemper Equipment to Help with Your Screen Media Choices

Wouldn’t you want to update your equipment if something as simple as a change in screening media might help increase your productivity and profit? When deciding what type of screening media will be most effective for sorting your aggregate materials, trust Kemper Equipment to help you. We’ve been in the design and build business for over 40 years, crafting highly productive systems for plants just like yours, so we can help you decide if switching to rubber screening media is the right choice for your business!