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By: Ronnie Brown on March 4th, 2022

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W.S. Tyler RO-TAP® E Remote Review: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Ro-Tap Sieve Shakers

For decades, test sieve analysis was a relatively hands-on process. The process resembled the ways in which gold miners would sieve for gold.

As time went on, however, the need to speed up the process grew. As a result, devices such as the W.S. Tyler RO-TAP® RX-29 mechanical sieve shaker were developed to do just that.

As more time passed, the list of materials that must be tested using particle size analysis grew. This created a heightened demand for a device that could allow lab technicians to control almost every aspect of their testing process to ensure accurate and repeatable results.

Thus, the W.S. Tyler RO-TAP® RX-29 E Remote was created.

Here at W.S. Tyler, we understand that removing the roadblocks that hinder the success of your lab starts with hand-picking tailor-made solutions.

To help pave the way, the following article was written to serve as a review to the RO-TAP E Remote and will cover:

  • What an RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote is
  • How much the RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote costs
  • The specs of the RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote
  • How the RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote works
  • The pros surrounding the RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote
  • The cons surrounding the RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote


What Is the RO-TAP E Remote?


The RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote is an electromagnetic sieve shaker designed to allow users to pair the functions of the RO-TAP E Premium with the benefits of a wet sieve analysis. To prevent damage to the electrical components in the case of a water leak, the device features a detached digital interface that grants complete control of the testing.

This level of control is best suited for lab settings that demand highly accurate and repeatable test sieve analysis results.


How Much Does It Cost?

The RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote is accompanied by a $7624.07 price tag. The main contributors to this price point are the raw materials needed to construct the device, as well as the electrical components that help the device execute the desired testing parameters.

It is crucial, however, to know that this price does not account for any test sieves you will need to build out your test sieve stack. To gain a better understanding of how adding test sieves will affect the overall cost of the order, read the article below:


What Are the Specs?

  • Footprint: 14” x 12” x 37”
  • Weight: 80 lbs. (36 kg)
  • Amplitude: Adistable up to 3mm


The RO-TAP E Remote is available in both 110v and 220v variants. Regardless of which variant you chose, this particular unit was designed to house 8-inch test sieves. 

When full-height sieves are used, the test sieve stack can consist of nine test sieves and a collection pan. If half-height sieves are used, the test sieve stack can consist of 15 test sieves and a collection pan.

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How Does It Work?

As with the other RO-TAP E models, the RO-TAP E Remote employs three-dimensional elliptical motions to promote particle movement throughout a test sieve stack. To create this unique motion, an industrial magnet is electrically charged, which, in turn, causes a spring to rapidly compress and decompress.

These compressions result in the sieve plate making micro-vibrations that travel through the test sieve stack.

Now, while this device was designed to stop in small intervals while testing sample material. This is to help any particles that are floating around the test sieve stack settle and find the openings in the test sieves mesh.

All these motions work in conjunction to make the RO-TAP E Remote function similarly to mechanical sieve shakers like the W.S. Tyler RO-TAP® RX-29.


What Are the Pros?

The most significant benefit to the RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote that makes it stand out from the rest is that it is the only RO-TAP device specially designed with wet sieve analysis in mind. As the electrical components are detached from the main body of the device, chances of water damage are significantly reduced.

This is particularly beneficial to operations testing materials known to agglomerate and struggles to yield a particle size distribution curve with traditional sieve shakers. The water used allows excess debris to be washed away from the particles allowing their actual size to be reflected in your results.

While you can use traditional mechanical sieve shakers to conduct a wet sieve analysis, installing a wet test kit can be fairly involved. With the RO-TAP E Remote, the process of setting up a wet sieve analysis is relatively plug and play.

It would be remiss not to mention that the RO-TAP E Remote operates much quieter than mechanical sieve shakers.


What Are the Cons?

When testing certain materials with the RO-TAP E Remote, you may find the testing process takes longer than other devices. This is more apparent when working with finer particles, as they are more likely to float around the sieve mesh when testing.

This is why performing an end of sieving analysis is critical when first introducing the device to your process.

To that end, some material is just harder to test with the elliptical motions of the RO-TAP E Remote. This difficulty can be managed with a sieve clamp, but it is an ancillary accessory that will increase the cost of the order.

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Electromagnetic or Mechanical? That Is the Question!

The W.S. Tyler RO-TAP RX-29 E Remote is a specialized electromagnetic sieve shaker designed to conduct a reliable wet sieve analysis. Its small profile can test 8-inch sieves much quieter than larger mechanical sieve shakers.

But you cant rule traditional mechanical sieve shakers out until you understand how they differ from electromagnetic sieve shakers. Making a decision before examining all the options available to you may hinder your ability to yield the best possible results.

As a prominent entity in the world of particle analysis, W.S. Tyler strives to learn your process inside and out so we can help guide you towards solutions you can trust and rely on.

For a comprehensive breakdown of how electromagnetic and mechanical sieve shakers compare, take a moment and read the following article:

About Ronnie Brown

Ronnie is the Content Writer for W.S. Tyler and has four years of experience as a professional writer. He strives to expand his knowledge on all things particle analysis and woven wire mesh to leverage his exceptional writing and graphic design skills, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for customers.