On Banana Screens as a domain name

Similarly shaped to a banana is this multi-sloped screen

The banana shape is what gives this equipment the name banana screen

Everytime I show off this site to others, I ask them if they know what a banana screen is? You can imagine the look on their faces.

Having worked for clients who sold banana screens, it’s a term I am well acquainted with. In fact, I’ve also written some articles and prepared brochures on the subject over the years for two clients.

When I first started checking out this site’s position on Google, I was surprised that I was going against articles I prepared for client all those years ago. And, now that this site ranks on top of those articles that were indexed so long ago, it’s a good feeling indeed.

I am asked why I chose “banana screens” as the domain name. It was not planned, more a fluke really. Offered the site by a domain name reseller, I worked on a hunched and purchased the domain .

BTW, this post on banana screens explains how this equipment, also called multi-slope screen/s has had the name banana screen.

There was also a bit of a spanner in the works early in the piece. There was a site . This site was, from memory, a site that sold screen savers.

I’m not sure about the history, but the site I believe is no more. In fact, the domain “bananascreen.com” became available. Well, the temptation was too much, so a got the domain name.

I might use it in another SEO exercise of just sell it. We’ll see what happens.

With regards screen savers, this take the form of a static or moving background. You see a lot of computers with their favourite photos on the background, whether it’s their family, spouse, friends, sporting activity, passion and so on.

Not a big fan, I just use what’s on offer by the operating system. Beats having to decide what to use. But, I digress.

If the name banana screen, as a domain name appeals to you let me know. I will consider offloading this.

Banana Screens: Just What Are They

The banana is easy to recognise

Bananas are fruits that are easily distinguished by their yellow colour and the bent shape.

The term banana screen can be deceiving. If one were to search the internet looking for “banana screen”, inevitably one would stumble on that yellow fruit with that distinctive shape or a screen saver with that name.

Or, one could get links to websites of different manufacturers of this processing equipment.

It is that distinctive shape that gave the multi-sloped screen the name “banana”. In industry, the “banana” term is used interchangeably with “multi-sloped”, hence multi-sloped screen, instead of banana screen.

I first came across the term when I began doing work for a local (Australian) supplier of banana screens. Designed by a European company, with patents on the equipment, the screens were made in Australia under licence.

That European manufacturer later set up their own offices in Australia and I began doing marketing communication work for that company in the mid 90s.

Used in wet and dry applications, banana screens are vibratory equipment which use the distinctive shape to process larger volumes of material using a smaller footprint. This is compared to inclined horizontal screens, which as the name implies are horizontal and donʼt have the banana shape.

Similarly shaped to a banana is this multi-sloped screen

The banana shape is what gives this equipment the name banana screen

Screens, including banana screens, are used in mining and mineral processing industries. Used in different stages of the process cycle, in either wet or dry applications, the objective of using these equipment is to group together a specific mineral-size fractions, while reducing the the amount of fines carried over with the oversized material.

Improper screening means that there will be a high amount of fines that will remain with the oversized material. This results in high recirculation volumes and greater wear of downstream process equipment. As well, lost production due to downtime is a possibility.

The result of proper screening is less crusher wear, less unnecessary recirculation and of course, lower production costs.

The points at which screens are used depends on the mineral/ore mined, the nature of the processing plant, the different components of that plant, desired final product and so on.

These screens come in a range of sizes and can be built as single or double deck units. They are used more commonly to size ore at one of the stages (primary, secondary, tertiary, quarternary) for further processing.

In Australia, banana screens have found a lot use in coal processing. They are widely used for mineral recovery and scalping. Being multislope, they offer higher screening capacity as mentioned earlier. The also are good for recovery in feeds with a very high percentage of near-sized material.

In the coal industry, banana screens are normally used in the second, third or fourth stages of processing plants.

To separate material, banana screens use different media. Choice of media, e.g., woven wire, rubber, polyurethane, is guided by the ore/material being processed, the tonnage of throughput and so on.

More thoughts on banana screens in the next post.