Mechanical Screening Industry: Will there ever be a technological disruption?

A note by our Founder, Alexandre Gaydamak (originally appeared: April 10, 2019 on LinkedIn):

For centuries the Mechanical Screening Industry has followed the same fundamental logic:

Agitate the body and the screening media as a singular entity of the machine.

The hope is to maximise the amount of energy retained on the mesh from the motion of the screener.

Thereby, agitating the material and maximising the opportunity for undersize particles to pass.

Whether by hand, from antiquity, or with modern day powerful electric vibratory motors, the logic has remained the same.

Find the best combination of machine size, energy input and strength to build vibratory screens to process material.

However one of the biggest challenges remains the prevention of the mesh from clogging and blinding.

In the quest to deliver more energy to the mesh, manufacturers have continued to design and build machines that can operate with higher G-force inputs.

Today’s modern designs can apparently operate with as much as 10 G-force of energy.

Anything higher results in structural failures of the equipment.

Will there be a technological disruption

that massively increases this energy input

without putting the structural integrity under question or at risk? 

Centuries of development have maxed out at 10 G-force.

After all of this progress, users are still faced with the same age-old challenges, high energy input, results in high usage of consumables and requires substantial energy inputs.

In addition, the footprint of screens has continued to increase as more structural weight was engineered into the design thus increasing the power consumption further.

Is there a disruptive technology out there that has fundamentally changed the method of delivering energy efficiently to the screen media?

Is there a technology

that can deliver 100s of G-force

directly to the point where it is needed the most?


Is that technology able to physically withstand the rigors of such high forces, and do so with relatively small machine foot prints and substantially low energy inputs?

This would truly be a game changer and a fundamental technological disruption.


“Oscillation will accomplish wonders” – Nikola Tesla


Disruptive innovations tend to be produced by outsiders and entrepreneurs in startups, rather than existing market-leading companies.

The business environment of market leaders does not allow them to pursue disruptive innovations when they first arise, because they are not profitable enough at first and because their development can take scarce resources away from sustaining innovations.

A disruptive process can take longer to develop than a conventional approach and the risks associated with it are incrementally greater than evolutionary forms of innovations.

However, once they are deployed to the market, they achieve a much faster penetration and higher degree of impact.

When a technology that has the potential for revolutionising an industry emerges, established companies typically see it as unattractive: it’s not something their mainstream customers want, and its projected profit margins are not sufficient to cover big-company cost structures.

As a result, the new technology tends to get ignored in favor of what is currently popular with the preferred customers.

But then another company steps in to bring the innovation to a new market.

Once the disruptive technology becomes established, smaller-scale innovations and upgrades rapidly raise the technology’s performance on attributes that mainstream customers value.


This is what Virto Group has achieved.


After 15 years of research and development and over 450 screening units sold worldwide in industries ranging from mineral mining beneficiation to aggregates and fine metal powders.

Virto Group has proven that the Virto X Line screening technology is a disruptive innovation.


The Virto X Line is the only disruptive innovation

in mechanical screening technology for the past 150 years.


Different sets of values:

  • Up to 500Gs acceleration to the screening surface,
  • Highest efficiency and throughput per square meter of screening surface in the market,
  • Overtaking the market for hard to screen materials (from 20mm with 25% moisture content and below 1mm with up to 7 % moisture content).


Will you join the evolutionary process of mechanical vibratory screening?


Followers risk losing their competitive edge to other players in their industry.

Find out for yourself and contact Virto Group.

We welcome the opportunity to prepare a feasibility study and test your products in our dedicated test center for all your screening applications – ensuring the project is technically feasible and economically justifiable.

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VIRTO changes the screening game.


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