industrial vibration

5 Awesome Things You Need To Know About Industrial Vibration

Katy Sabo

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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Paper or Plastic?

Glen Roberts

I’m sure most of us remember the changeover push to convert our old standby of paper bags to plastic ones and how we somewhat resisted this at our local grocery stores. But as usual, with a little pushing from genius marketing gurus of our time, we eventually gave in and accepted the changeover. “Paper or Plastic” has pretty much disappeared to plastic only in today’s day-in-age.

I believe we went through the same changes as it pertains to electrical controls for our electric vibrators and vibratory equipment manufactured by The Cleveland Vibrator Company. When I started at CVC in the 60’s, pretty much all controls were steel construction with the NEMA 4X being stainless and the explosion proof enclosures were cast aluminum. We carried several types of sizes of NEMA-rated enclosures in stock just to try and cover all the bases. The responsibility of our sales team was to identify the NEMA-rated requirements of our customer’s application. This at times was easier said than done of course. Purchasing was given the responsibility of having the enclosures in stock plus having suppliers who could deliver the enclosures in a timely fashion when we experienced an out of stock situation. Lastly, of course, our manufacturing team was given the task of manufacturing the many types of controls required by our valued customers. Read More…

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Cleveland Vibrator and the Chocolate Factory

Katy Sabo

Anyone who knows me well, knows about my undying love for chocolate. I had a great aunt who lived 98 wonderful, rich years and was quick as a whip until her final days… so what was her secret? A piece of good quality chocolate a day will let you live long and prosper. I will never forget that and have adopted that mantra. Since I began working at Cleveland Vibrator over 2 years ago (wow times flies!) I have seen how industrial vibration mixes with some of my favorite things in life. One of which, if you haven’t guessed already, is chocolate.

I was perusing through our case history archives last week and found one dating back to the 1960’s where industrial vibration was being used in a leading candy producer’s factory. Their chocolate molding department was encountering an air bubble problem in their molds during the filling process, Read More…

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How to Protect Your Vibrator Investment

Mike Stratis

The Cleveland Vibrator Company has been manufacturing pneumatic piston vibrator units since 1923. Over the past 90+ years, we have learned a few things about how to protect your investment in an air piston vibrator. There are a few main procedures and components we strongly suggests and will review:

  1.  Air Supply
  2.  Exhaust Ports
  3. Gaskets

PSI Reccomendation with Regulator - Cleveland Vibrator CompanyThe air supply should be dried and filtered, then regulated and once between 0-80 PSI, the air should be lubricated. We have Watts Filter-Regulator-Lubricators available ranging in size for 1/4″ to 1-1/”4 NPT. Glycerin filled regulator gauges help to read the PSI setting easily. Light weight 10W/NR oil should be dropped into the air line prior to reaching the vibrator. We have pints of Vibra-Lube available to help save the search for this type of oil.

These TLC steps can double or triple the air piston vibrators life expectancy. Our dual-diameter piston design allows for start up in any mounting position (e.g. at 30° on a vibratory feeder or 60° angle on a hopper or 90° on a vibratory table) and eliminates the need for a spring. The springless unit keeps replacement parts and internal components to a minimum.So, with a proper air supply plumbed to the vibrator and a low number of wearable parts, these units can last a long time and return the money on your investment. Read More…

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The Top 8 Lubricants You Shouldn’t Use on Your Industrial Pneumatic Vibrator

Glen Roberts

We often have customers send our products back to us for routine maintenance checks and addressing any functionality problems that they may be experiencing. Recently, one of our customers sent us their 1350 VMS impact vibrator that is being used on a railcars to unload dry cement. We typically recommend a light-weight 10 weight oil be used with our vibrators and in the pictures below, you can see that our customer used grease. This is for sure a major no-no and will only lead to premature failure of the vibrator. Our air piston vibrators carry fairly tight tolerance between the piston O.D. and the body I.D.. This tolerance can be as small as tenths of a thousand to just a few thousands. If you add anything to the air stream that changes that tolerances, you may affect performance of the vibrator. Read More…

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No Lube? No Problem.

Mike Stratis

Here at the Cleveland Vibrator Company, we are constantly looking to help solve a customer’s problem. That problem could range from breaking up bridging material in a hopper, deblinding a screen deck, compacting dry bulk products or anything in between. Regardless of the processing line hurdle, we have the experience to assist.

Since 1923, the flagship product line for our company has been the pneumatic piston vibrator. In the 90+ years of manufacturing here in Cleveland, Ohio, a few new kids have entered the block…the vibratory material flow aids block, that is. As with any industry, applications change over time. In our world, a few that come to mind are the food and pharmaceutical projects. As our country has progressed with health standards and regulations, manufacturing facilities have had to adapt products to meet the needs for the evolving problems. The change we are going to focus on here is the elimination of lubricant, oil or grease in the air lines at processing plants. Read More…

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Sand Isn’t Just For Beaches…

Katy Sabo

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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What You Need To Know About Screening Media – Part V

Jack Steinbuch

This blog is the fifth and final (yeah) in a series that has been dedicated to typical screening media that are installed in Screeners with their advantages and disadvantages so you can be in a better position to assist us in the selection process.

Grizzly Bars

This screening media is used primarily for heavy duty screening applications.  So, it is commonly used in industries for scalping large, heavy material or for material that might easily hang up on or blind other types of screening media. Read More…

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Unique Vibrator Installations & 5 Ways To Repair Damaged Walls

Glen Roberts

Over the past 90 years that The Cleveland Vibrator Company has been in business, we have been a part of many vibrator installations on hoppers and bins. One of our major markets  is supplying industrial vibrators to the feed and grain industry. I have spent some time in the past years talking to and visiting folks who are responsible for making sure their facility operates in an efficient manner with minimal down time. One of the more unique scenarios I have noticed is the many different ways the vibrators are mounted to the bins and hoppers. More particularly, I have given more attention to the different types of channels and mounting brackets used and how they are secured to the bins.

The great part about many of the installations that I have seen is that though they may not fit the standard mounting practices we typically recommend in our installation manuals, they still get the job done. In most cases we suggest to mount the vibrators on the sloped section of the hopper or bin and locate it about one-third of the way up Read More…

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Temperatures Are Rising…So Are Moisture Content Percentages

Mike Stratis

Now that we are past Memorial Day weekend, and thank you to all that have served, are serving or will serve our country, the summer months are upon us. For some, and depending where you live, these are the best parts of the year, namely, because of the warmer temperatures. While we enjoy the extra hours of sunlight and are exposed to more vitamin D, Mother Nature can have a serious effect on manmade structures. This is certainly the case for Texas and Oklahoma right now as many cities in this part of the country have experienced record rain falls for the month of May. This amount of rain can often be attributed to the rise in moisture content within the atmosphere.

So, why is this important for industrial vibration? Good question. Read More…

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