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The story of Orbital Action begins many years ago when as a young man, Orbit Screens President, Brad Schnittjer, worked on the family farm.

"We were cattle feeders and preparing a balanced ration for each animal as they lined up at the feed bunk was very important. It was a natural phenomenon, when particles of a different size rolled over each other, the larger particles rolled to the top, the fines stayed near the bottom or center of a pile. We used a shovel to re-blend the feed to be sure each animal received a balanced ration."

Many years later while observing traditional screening plants in operation, Brad applied the knowledge gained feeding cattle to the screening process. You may now receive the simple but real benefits of Orbital Action. It is Mother Nature's way.

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By harnessing Mother Nature's way of particle size separation, production efficiencies are enhanced over many other screening methodologies.

Horsepower requirements per unit of production are low. Fuel consumption is remarkably low as production rates of 160 tons per hour using a 1.25 inch screen (recycling parking lot base materials) consumes only one gallon of diesel fuel.

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There are 128 ounces in a gallon of fuel.  If a gallon costs $4 and you divide that by 128 ounces you get $.03125 per ounce.  Dividing 160 tons by 128 ounces equals 1.25 ounces per ton. 

Multiply .03125 per ounce  by 1.25 ounces equals $.039.

Therefore fuel costs for one ton of screened material is about $0.04.

Self Cleaning
Screen plugging with sticks, weeds, grass, roots, plastic materials while screening dirt, compost, etc. is minimal due to the rotating screen which rotates each screen opening with each turn of the screen dish. The sticks, roots etc. simply fall out of the screen as they ride up on the other material in the screen dish.

    Time spent on a deck type screen pulling trash out of plugged holes is saved.
    Owners have reported using hours to clean out a plugged deck screen
    requiring both manual labor and a large propane fired torch.
Self Regulating
Orbital Action is self regulating, If you over feed it, the screen dish simply dumps out the extra material it cannot handle. You never need to get up on the deck or climb into the inside of a trommel to shovel out the overload.

If you do over feed the screen dish you will simply get more fines in the overs pile. Operators soon learn that dragging the bucket on the overs to break up clods and lumps, then loading them in the hopper is an easy way to accomplish high production levels without the need for a power hungry pulverizer.

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One person with a ¾ ton pickup easily moves to screening plant to a job site.  Once on site, only minutes are required to prepare the plant for operation.  In operation, say in recycling parking lot base material making ready to lay down again, it would be easy to screen one thousand tons in a day.

The alternative, load and haul twenty four (24) semi loads to a staging site where a large screening plant is setup, then hauling in twenty four (24) loads back to the job site. Is your mind calculating the potential savings yet?                                                                 

Another example, You are landscaping around a home site. There is a lot of trashy materials that could be recycled and used on site. Again one person with a 3/4 ton pickup drives to the site, screens five tandem axle loads of material, hauling off one load of trash while keeping four loads on site ready to spread down as needed.

Orbital Action Screening, because of its ability to screen a very wide variety of materials can be utilized where other screening methodologies cannot. You, the landscape contractor can then re-structure your job saving many hours and dollars of trucking and material costs

Security issues are always present around a remote site. The Orbit Screening Plant is equipped with a locking engine compartment. Locking kits are available for the fuel and hydraulic oil tanks.

With the transporting feature, another option is available. Simply tow the machine home to the yard at the end of the day.

What is different.
Let’s say, your job site is across town and loaded with a variety of materials. There is a pile of topsoil that has been stripped and saved. Another pile contains the deeper sourced dirt and it contains various sized rocks, some junk that got scraped into the pile and some roots. Scattered around the site is a mixture of dirt that is lumpy, has some smaller rocks along with paper/plastic and trash.

Again, thinking I have a deck (box) screen back at the yard, I could bring it here and screen the topsoil, however there is the grass and weeds in the mix and that will plug the screen. I had better bring the propane torch to burn out the clogged screen wire.

If I try to screen the rocks and junk, I can make it work but it will be slow keeping material fed in and taken away. I would get the same results on the mixed dirt.

Since the deck screen drops the screened material inside the box, all screened material will need to be moved and placed in a stock pile somewhere. The same for the overs which are falling off the edge of the box, needing to be moved before the box can be relocated.

So, I think, maybe I should just load the stuff up, haul it to the land fill and start with new material. It would cost money but simple to do.  

Orbital Action is different as all types of material described are easily screened and placed in separated piles, not needing to be moved again until used. The machine is easily moved to each raw material pile or area needing attention. With its high production capabilities, only a few hours will be required..

Since the loader would be required for loading a truck to haul materials away or feed the screening plant, that cost would be a trade off. Since I don’t need to use the loader to move materials to a stock pile from the screen,  that is time and labor saved. As for tipping fees, I would only haul a small percentage to the landfill, another non-recoverable cash saving.

And the big payoff is, I don’t need to purchase and haul in much new material.

These are only a few of the features that make the Orbit Screen attractive. As stated:


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Orbit Screens, Inc.
722 3rd Street

P.O. Box 345
Delhi, Iowa 52223
Phone: 563.922.9230 * Fax: 563.922.9060

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