Industrial Vibration Now & Then: Portable Pneumatics

Katy Sabo

One of the perks about working for The Cleveland Vibrator Company when you’re a history geek like me, is digging through the archives and learning the rich history of your product development over the past century. Recently, I was able to get my hands on case histories dating back to the 1960s and came across one that highlighted our first-ever “Portable Air Piston Vibrator.” Nearly 50 years ago, Cleveland Vibrator assisted a precast concrete manufacturer when they wished to improve the consolidation and finish of their product using vibration. We specially designed a 1-1/4″ Piston Vibrator and attached it to a pistol-grip handle. The handle had been equipped with a special thumb grip trigger that activated the vibration and this piece of vibratory equipment weighed only 10 lbs. This light-weight and portable option gave the manufacturer the power to apply vibration to problem-child areas within their production, leaving the application locations completely limitless. How much did this unit cost? For the vibrator, 5′ hose and lubricator, this manufacturer paid $80.

I am a firm believer in the old adage, “you can’t get to where you want to go, without knowing where you’ve been.” This concept cannot hold more true since Cleveland Vibrator released our modern version of this model during 2014. Reflecting back on products such as the original Pistol-Grip Air Piston, allowed for us to be inspired and create new innovations like our Vacuum Mount Series using our VMSAC Air Piston Units (which are currently available) and other vibrator models, whose designs should be finalized by 2015.

Withstanding the test of time, keeping up with the constant changes in the industries we serve, and adapting to the fast-paced world we live in, it’s a true testament to the character and laurels we value so highly here at Cleveland Vibrator. #ShakeOn!

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