Industrial Vibration Industry Watch

Katy Sabo

5 Awesome Things You Need To Know About Industrial Vibration

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Working for the Cleveland Vibrator Company, you can imagine how many times I get the question, “what exactly do you mean by vibrators?” It’s a question I answer with great pride and enthusiasm… and maybe add a little bit of humor for good measure. When I go on to explain just how important vibration is across so many industries, the shock factor withers away and people are engaged in the conversation, wanting to learn more about it. There’s a couple of things you should know about industrial vibration and why it may be one of the coolest fields to work in, here’s the short list to get you started:

It’s Diverse – It’s true. Industrial vibrators can be found on the side of bins, hoppers, silos, barges
and on screening, conveying and compaction equipment. Have you passed a large dump truck lately on the highway? I’d venture to bet there may be a DC vibrator hiding away underneath the body Read More…

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Craig Macklin

Recommended Pneumatic Vibrator Manufacturers in the USA

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Every year, our team here talks to and visits hundreds of pneumatic vibrator users about their use, applications and installations.  Believe it or not, we aren’t always reviewing our own work!  Through this field experience and our vibrator repair services that will evaluate and repair ANY manufacturer’s vibrator, we have gained a lot of knowledge about other strong and reputable air vibrator manufacturers in the United States and Canada.  Cleveland Vibrator may not always be the right fit.  So, here is a list of other reputable manufacturers and our learned view of their strengths:

Houston Vibrator (Houston, TX): Houston Vibrator is a multigenerational family business that has been manufacturing and applying industrial vibrator, pneumatic and electric, for decades.  The offer multiple options of pneumatic piston vibrators, railcar vibrators, ball vibrators, turbine vibrators as well as Italvibras Rotary Electric vibrators and light duty vibratory table.  They are great people that know their trade.  If Houston Vibrator consults you on your application for vibrator selection and installation, have great confidence that it will be correct.

Global Manufacturing (Little Rock, AK): Global Manufacturing manufactures and applies pneumatic, hydraulic and electric vibrators, including ball vibrators, turbine vibrators, Read More…

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Sand Isn’t Just For Beaches…

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The sun is shining, the ocean waves are crashing down, and I am enjoying a book on Hilton Head Island… OK. SNAP BACK TO REALITY. Living in Northeast Ohio, one could imagine our winters are long and summers fly by quicker than we can blink. Beach daydreaming is a favorite pastime of mine but also inspired me to right a little blurb about a visit made to a customer right here in Cleveland who deals with that soft every day of the year. The visit gave me a little taste of that soft sand between my toes, literally…

No, I wasn’t lounging in my beach chair, but instead hiking up on top of sand filled silos and learning all about what exactly sand is used for in day-to-day life. One of our fantastic customers invited myself and Glen Roberts to come out and see our Rotary Electric Motors in use on their chutes they use to keep bulk sand flowing through it’s heating, cooling and separating process. If you have read any of my previous blogs, you would know I am a complete sucker for history and find it fascinating to learn all about different processes and how they have evolved over time. This facility we visited was no exception. This plant has been located right off Lake Erie since the 1940’s and has original sand at the bottom of its silos since it’s opening day still present today.

Our trip was quite eye opening and once again, I was completely awestruck over the idea that such a simple material I have played in since I was a kid, played a major role in creating everyday items. We learned there are three different “grades” of sand all serving specific end product use. Read More…

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Why Recycle Glass? The Answer Is Clear

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Remember the days of “Tube TVs” and “Low Radiation” computer screens?

I remember walking into Cleveland Vibrator and seeing, what I would describe as, the land of misfit computer screens that had been stored away through the many years that Cleveland Vibrator has been in business. One day they disappeared and the land of misfits was replaced by trade show accessories. Working here has opened my eyes to the many industries that don’t get the attention they well deserve, especially recycling. Recently, I was invited to visit a customer whose specialty was Glass Recycling of old TV screens and computer monitors. Ding, ding, ding, the lightbulb went off… this is where those “misfits” disappeared to. This got me thinking, what exactly can recycled glass be used for?

The glass used for these old monitors and displays is referred to as CRT, Cathode Ray Tube Glass, and it is estimated that the typical CRT device is made up of between 15 to 90 pounds of glass (depending on device) that protects the users from the radiation produced by the electron gun and beam gun inside that device. Since the emerging high demand of LCD, LED and Plasma Screens of the 2000s, it is an estimated 57 million computers and televisions are sold annually in the U.S. according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Households are now discarding old models of outdated technology at a much higher rate than we have ever seen before. Read More…

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The 8 Steps of Ceramics Processing and Industrial Vibration

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“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”Marilyn vos Savant

You know those ceramic dishes your mom serves her Sunday dinner on? What if I told you that Industrial Vibration played a part in making those dishes possible?

Since the Ceramics Industry is so large and covers a wide range of products from traditional ceramics such as pottery and chinaware to a more complicated technical ceramics for chemical, mechanical or thermal applications, I am going to provide you with a brief overview of the manufacturing process of traditional ceramics. I will help you see where Industrial Vibration fits into the processes as well, so brace yourself, here we go!

What exactly is Ceramics? Ceramics can be defined as a class of inorganic, nonmetallic solids that are subjected to high temperatures for manufacturing use. Read More…

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Using Vibration to Reduce Material Cost and Increase Profit Margins in the Plastics Industry

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Industrial vibration can be found in multiple areas of plastics processing and can help reduce the costs of materials and increase profit margins substantially. With the use of equipment such as vibratory screeners, companies are able to reuse regrind and efficiently sort out the usable material from that of which needs to be discarded. There are other ways that industrial vibration factors into the processing of plastic products, read on to learn more.

What exactly is “Regrind?” Regrind is a term that seems self-explanatory and if you guessed that the it applies to mechanically reduced plastic components/products, you guessed right. Much of the plastic waste used in this process usually comes from a pre-consumer source, for instance processed scraps or even unused thermoplastic materials from injection molding. Read More…

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Craig Macklin

And Now for Something Completely Different…

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Frequent readers of this blog (don’t be scared to raise your hand and comment, by the way…) may remember a post about unique applications of industrial vibrators in 2013.  Well, this week we had a new inquiry from a drop-by guest that is in the running for 2014.

I had the pleasure of receiving and talking with Mr. Addi Somekh here at 2828 Clinton Ave on Wednesday.  Addi is a balloon artist.  Aside from his fantastic balloon sculpture and art, Addi also uses balloons for music, playing his own creation of the balloon bass.  He has been experimenting with adding external vibration to his balloon base in order to create new elements of sound.  Check out his videos, which are quite fascinating.  For those of us in the industrial vibration world, what is interesting to see is the effects of different vibrator and different frequencies to create very different sounds.  Just like different frequencies of our vibrators have different applications on materials (ie – high frequency vibration sometimes packs powder material and sometimes fluidized it, depending on material properties.  Low frequency does well for chunky materials).

This is not your everyday use of industrial vibrators, but I had to mention it.  We had a fun time working with some of our vibrators in the lab, in particular our CVT-P-1 at high and low frequencies.  I hope Addi can find a place for what we offer in his art and we can have him back to Cleveland soon!!

We don’t shy away from new ideas. Contact us to talk about your idea today!

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Value of Industrial Vibration Part 2: $30 per Gaylord

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While not as large of a figure as in Part 1, this number can sure add up over the course of the year for many manufacturers of bulk products such as powder metals, plastic pellets, bulk foods, metal parts and chemicals who can use thousands or tens-of-thousands of Gaylords in a year for packaging their products for shipment.  At $30 or more per Gaylord box, that can translate to annual costs of $300,000 plus per year.

Why am I bringing this up?  Because industrial vibration, most often in the form of vibratory tables, is a proven solution to reduce number of Gaylords, IBCs, or drums used to package bulk material shipments.  Read More…

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Top 6 Ways to Keep Your Employees Safe in the Grain Handling Industry

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Valuing your worker’s safety and well-being are ideas that most can agree on being crucial for company success within dangerous industries such as Grain Handling. Part of my job is updating our Twitter Feed and keeping an eye out for industry news via shared stories and retweets by some of the most credible sources in the material handling industries. Recently, I have been seeing numerous stories about grain entrapment accidents and can’t help but wonder, why does this keep occurring when preventive measures are available? Read More…

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Industrial Vibration to Unstick Things

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Most applications of industrial vibrators or impactors are for material flow in hoppers, bin, chutes and pipes or material settling and de-airing.  However, I have been noticing recently applications we are coming across that are not being used on dry bulk materials or wet cast products.  Instead, they have a common theme of being used to “un-stick” items.  To relate to everyday experience, picture grabbing ice cubes from the freezer for your glass of lemonade.  You get a clump of them that bonded, maybe because they came out of the ice maker a little damp, and they won’t fit in your glass. What do you do?  Apply a little energy to them with some impact force (bang them on the counter) and break those bonds.  Cold lemonade success! Read More…

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