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Hycor® Rotoshear® PF

Rotary Drum Fine Screen

Rotating drum screens with perforated plate screen media are the most successful solution for screening prior to a Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) system. Because Rotoshear® PF uses Rotoshear®’s base structure, it is the most reliable and highest capacity rotary drum fine screen for an MBR plant.  

More than 15 MBR plants use Rotoshear® PF as their MBR pretreatment screen. It has been incorporated at more than five major installations in the country with more than 5 MGD (3500 gpm) flow rate per screen. That is a claim no one else can make.

Unlike center-flow band screen technologies, Rotoshear® PF does not allow bypass of solids larger than the screen opening. Plants using other technologies often face problems with membranes fouling. As a result of those problems, several plants switched to Rotoshear® PF to eliminate their concerns about membrane fouling. 

How the Rotoshear® PF Works

The Hycor® Rotoshear® PF is an internally fed rotary perforated plate cylindrical screen that operates with minimal attendance. Influent enters through the inlet and flows into a headbox. The headbox fills and the influent cascades over the weirs and contacts two sides of the rotating cylinder screen. As the influent hits the turning screen, the solids are caught inside the cylinder and the liquid passes through the screen into the process, or on for further treatment. Diverters on the cylinder move the solids along the length of the screen to discharge. The unit is equipped with spray bar(s) to clean the screen.

Screen openings are available in 1mm (0.039”) or 2mm (0.079”). Other sizes are available upon request. The material standard is 304 stainless steel, while 316 and L grades are available as well.


  • First of its kind to employ completely lubrication-free screen
  • Upgraded drive system with long lasting plastic components
  • Robust proven design with many installations
  • No seals to fail – provides ideal, no bypass protection for MBR plants
  • Options customized to specific application
  • Interchangeable and robust perforated plate media
  • Special headbox design easily handles flow variations and surges


  • Reduces down-time and maintenance costs
  • Easy access to all maintenance items
  • Higher capture rate compared to other MBR screening technologies
  • Upgraded drive system eliminates gear teeth engagement problems of direct drive systems
  • Upgraded drive system eliminates screen cylinder slippage problems of belt drive systems
  • Designed for pumped flow applications – no need to build channels if not needed

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