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Mike Stratis

Vibratory Compaction Tables: 5 Things to Consider When Working Within A Budget

Mike Stratis
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Are you looking to add a vibratory table to the manufacturing and/or shipping processes of your facility? If yes, great! We’d be glad to help put our experience to work and point you in the right direction. There are a few things to review during the buying process and each of these forks in the road can have an impact on overall cost of the equipment.

For starters, what can vibratory tables do? We commonly see the following reasons to include a table:

  1. Flatten the mound build up or pile of material made from the filling station discharging into center of the Gaylord, tote, box or similar type packaging container
  2. Compact and stabilize bulk bags, FIBCs or super sacks for easier stacking and handling prior to storage or shipment
  3. Fully or semi automate packaging lines by integrating with rollers sections (CDLR and gravity) or belt conveyors
  4. Fill, weigh and compact material
  5. Remove air bubbles in molds and casted products for improved structural and surface finish
  6. Lower labor hours and costs for packaging and processing lines

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Katy Sabo

2015: The Year of the Vibratory Table

Katy Sabo
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With a new exciting year in sight for me here at Cleveland Vibrator, I took some time to reminisce on some of my favorite FAB jobs that headed out of our facility throughout 2015. As I was perusing through my photo files, I found that our Vibratory Compaction Tables dominated this past year with our Vibratory Feeders running a close second. If you have read any of my other blogs, you will know that one of my favorite obligatory duties around here is filming equipment for quality assurance purposes before it leaves our manufacturing plant. Moreover, I love learning about new applications which our equipment will be used for and let me tell ya’, there were some pretty fun ones this year. So let’s take a trip down memory lane and get us stoked for the upcoming year folks!

At the beginning of last year, David Strong, Jack Steinbuch and myself took a maintenance visit to a customer right here in Cleveland to see one of our flat decks in the field. Read More…

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Katy Sabo

Cleveland Vibrator and the Chocolate Factory

Katy Sabo
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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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David Strong

One Size Fits All – Part Deux!

David Strong
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I enjoy movies and unfortunately for my wife, I’m not a particularly discerning movie viewer.  I can usually find some redeeming value in most movies, particularly if I get the DVD from the library, the dollar per laugh ratio is pretty hard to beat!  I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for spoofs, even today I still get a kick out of movies such as “Hot Shots, Part Deux.”  More than once I’ve felt like the character Dexter, the guy they sent the men in to rescue and then sent the men in to rescue the men they sent in to rescue Dexter!  Sometimes I have to exclaim “you don’t understand.  I can’t walk…..they’ve tied my shoelaces together.”  Oh well, such is life.

In a previous Blog I talked about “One Size fits all….Not!” and how Cleveland Vibrator ‘tailors’ our line of fabricated equipment to meet the specific needs of our customers.  We certainly continued to do that last year.  Looking back at 2014, my engineering drawing log shows that we generated 3d models and associated drawings for twenty different flat deck vibratory tables, FA, configurations.  The smallest vibratory table was a FA-1818 RE 220-6(2) (18 inch square deck size) to the largest being a FA-6060 (60 inch square deck size).  In addition to the FA style units we also generated six different grid top vibratory tables, GT, which interface with a customer’s gravity or power roller section.  One of these Read More…

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Katy Sabo

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

Katy Sabo
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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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David Strong

Firestone & Cleveland Vibrator Team Up to Showcase at Pack Expo 2014

David Strong
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Back in the spring of 1996 I was finishing up work on my engineering degree, had interviewed with The Cleveland Vibrator Company and had accepted their offer of employment.  My start date was in June, but first things first, I needed to finish up the degree and then get to work.  Sometime after accepting the job, Glen Roberts, my future boss, had gotten the idea that it might be beneficial for me and the company for me to spend the day in Chicago walking the Bulk and Powder Show.   This would give me a quick overview of the industry.   I think this was the second time I’d ever attended any type of trade show and the first for me when I knew I’d be involved with the industry targeted by the show.  Since then I’ve been fortunate to work a number of shows, Bulk and Powder, Foundry, World of Concrete, Interphex, NPE – Plastics showcase and the Pack Expo.  The Cleveland Vibrator has products in all these industries, both equipment and individual vibrators.  Again, that diversity of customers and applications is what helps keep it interesting and “entertaining” here at Cleveland Vibrator.

A couple of weeks ago I got a call from my local distributor for Firestone isolator products.  Read More…

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Craig Macklin

Value of Industrial Vibration Part 2: $30 per Gaylord

Craig Macklin
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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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David Strong

Strike & High G’s, A Vibratory Table’s Compaction Conundrum

David Strong
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My mom just had her 80th birthday the other day. To celebrate the milestone, one of my sisters and her husband are taking my mom on an Alaskan cruise, I’m sure it will be a great adventure. A few years back I had the opportunity to visit Alaska as part of a Cleveland Vibrator Company project, I was there to provide start up assistance and review the installation of a piece our equipment. From start to finish it was a very interesting application of mechanical vibration to assist in the compaction of a dry material. Throw in a trip to Alaska and it became quite memorable.

Cleveland Vibrator Company was contacted by a large engineering firm that was involved in a remediation project at a military installation in Alaska. The company was removing contaminated soil from the site.  The soil was to be placed in steel containers and shipped off site. Their challenge to us was to increase the density of the soil, put more material in the box than could be accomplished with just “dumping” soil into the container. Read More…

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Jack Steinbuch

How Can We Automate the Packing of Our Product In Containers?

Jack Steinbuch
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There are a wide variety of vibrating tables available to pack material in containers.  Flat vibrating tables or packers are commonly used for this application where an empty container is manually placed on the table, filling begins, at some point during the filling process the vibrating table is started to begin packing and finally you end the filling cycle and turn off the table.  While this manual operation fits the needs of many operators, they may not be aware that there are alternatives that allow a more automated operation. Read More…

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David Strong

Who Knew “Shaking the Popcorn Bowl” Applied to Industrial Vibration?

David Strong
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My first introduction to the productive work that can be accomplished with vibration was probably by my dad.  Back in the day our family would on occasion sit down for some TV and popcorn.  Sorry, no movies on demand, no DVDs or even VHS, I’m not sure how we made it through those dark days!  This was pre-microwave popcorn and my mom would pop it the “old school” way, with a heavy pan and oil.  I think you can still see this technique demonstrated at a museum or two.  Traditionally the popcorn was served up in a large spun aluminum bowl.  My dad had the rather annoying habit of shaking the bowl which would vibrate the un-popped kernels, “old maids,” down to the bottom of the bowl which created a rather loud noise as they hit the aluminum.  More than once I asked him what the heck he was doing, he’d say he was “bringing the big popcorn to the top”.  When I asked how that worked his pat response was – “physics”!! Read More…

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