pneumatic turbine vibrator

Tighten Those Bolts!

Mike Stratis

If you happened to take the time to read Craig Macklin’s blog, about the expectations for maintenance of the pneumatic vibrators, then you’ll have a good base of knowledge on how to keep those units running efficiently. This time, we’ll take a deeper dive into the importance of tightening the mounting bolts used for installing the vibrators themselves.

On the pneumatic piston vibrators, the proper bolt torque is critical. Because of the tight tolerance held between the outside diameter of the piston and the inside diameter of the bore of the casted body, the vibrator needs to air piston vibrator, nuts and bolts on pneumatic vibratorbe rigidly bolted in place to allow for correction operation so that only the piston is moving inside the vibrator. If the bolts are loose, even slightly, the vibrator body will “rock” back and forth on the mounting channel. Once this starts happening, failures or seized pistons can happen.

Why does this happen? The reason is, the piston will still try to move in a pure linear direction but if Read More…

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What to Expect for Maintenance of Pneumatic Vibrators

Craig Macklin

As my incredibly knowledgeable associate Mike Stratis just provided a posting about accessories to consider for your installation of a pneumatic vibrator, I thought I would provide a follow-up piece to discuss what to expect AFTER the install. As with any equipment, pneumatic vibrators and their supporting accessories do require some love, attention, lubrication and cleaning from time to time. Here is what to expect if you want to get the longest and most consistent life out of your pneumatic vibrator, whether a piston, turbine or ball.

Air Piston Vibrators 

Cleveland Vibrator Pneumatic Piston Vibrator Group ShotLubrication – First and foremost, check your lubricator with some frequency.  If you operate continuously, you might check and/or refill every 1-3 weeks.  If your use is intermittent or infrequent, you might schedule on a 1-4 months.  The use of internal coating in the vibrator can reduce or remove the need for lubrication.  But, coatings without the use of lubrication will typically wear out faster than a coated or uncoated piston vibrator that is properly lubricated.  Depending on size and duty cycle of your vibrator, you might use a pint of lubricant (we recommend our MXR-12 VibraLube, which is 10W-NR) every 2 weeks to 2 years. Read More…

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What Are the Costs Associated with Installing Pneumatic Vibrators?

Mike Stratis

When it comes time to review solutions to the material flow problems inside the hopper, pipe or chute, there are a few things to keep in mind when putting together a budget for the project. Besides the vibratory flow aid itself, there are additional components required before installing the unit. We will discuss these items and estimated costs to acquiring these components. Here is the short list:

  1. Industrial Vibrator – pneumatic piston vibrator, single impact air knocker, pneumatic turbine vibrator, pneumatic ball vibrator
  2. Safety cable
  3. Mounting channel or plate
  4. Hose to connect vibrator to on/off valve
  5. On/off valve
  6. Hose to connect on/off valve to air prep component (filter/regulator or filter/regulator/lubricator)
  7. Lubricant (if necessary)

Depending on the size of the hopper or piece of equipment that the pneumatic vibrator is going to be installed on, the price of the vibrator itself can range from about $100 to as much as $10,000. But, within that range, vast majority of the units are going to be between $100-$1000. Read More…

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How to Operate Cleveland Vibrator’s Vacuum Mounted Series Units

Mike Stratis

The Cleveland Vibrator Company has been manufacturing pneumatic piston vibrators since 1923. During that time, there have been a wide range of new products developed and released as the industries change. A great recent example of this innovation is the Vacuum Mount Vibrator Series.

The first generation of the Vacuum Mount family was designed around the flagship product, air piston vibrators, to accommodate a wide range of applications and mounting locations. The air piston vibrators that are used are the VMSAC models, these are the non-impacting or air-cushioned piston vibrators. The reason for the non-impacting model is because the impacting model’s steel piston inside the ductile iron casted body provides a large amount of force that actually breaks the suction of the vacuum cup when installed on a bin, hopper trailer, dump bed truck, slip form or other application.

After the success of the first generation, with the VMSAC models, we expanded into the pneumatic turbine vibrators. This has allows us to provide many more options and sizes to help meet the demands of the user’s application. The original family within the product line contained four models (1125 VMSAC, Read More…

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Turbine Vibrators, Views from the Way Back Machine…

David Strong
February 27, 1958
Engineering Department
Fafnir Bearing Company
New Britain, Connecticut
Gentlemen:
Submitted herewith is a sketch of a proposed bearing application.  This device is an industrial vibrator for use in handling sand, dusts and powders. The use of an eccentrically loaded turbine to product vibrations is novel to my knowledge and it produces some novel bearing problems. The device is designed to produce vibration, an action which is usually very guarded. A model of this device has been made and tested.  It has the nominal dimensions shown and runs approximately………
Yours very truly,
The Cleveland Vibrator Co.
Frank K. B…….
Professional Engineering Consultant

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Things to Stick a Vacuum Mount Vibrator On, Part 1

Craig Macklin

Recently, Cleveland Vibrator Co. has been working on developing a series of Vacuum Mount Systems for our vibrators.  Typically, these are used for helping flow or clean out on portable hoppers, bins, IBCs, hopper bottom and belly dump trailers, or railcars.  However, our newest release, the Mini Turbine Vacuum Mount series, has a variety of other fun applications that we can demonstrate in our very own plant here.

The first application to look at here is the Vacuum Mount CVT-P-20 being used in our coil making process.  Our line of CM Electromagnetic Vibrators uses encapsulated coils that we make in house.  In that process, we use vibration in order to settle epoxy around the coil in a mold, removing air bubbles and eliminating voids.  Typically, we have used our VJ Vibratory Jogger tables in order to do this.  However, in the video linked here, you can Read More…

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Saving Green While You Screen

Jeff Hochadel

We know it’s a big deal when it comes to talking about “sticker price”, especially when it deals with expensive pieces of equipment, or rather process investments that will provide efficiency and give you the best final product possible. Customized pieces of equipment tend to fall under the larger price tags, but don’t be fooled, there are ways to provide the best equipment possible while keeping it in a reasonable price range. Cleveland Vibrator and HK Technologies take every unique application and gives you a solution to best fit your process, and sometimes that solution much simpler than what you thought it was going to be…

Although we have a complete line of screening equipment from small lab models in 3”, 8” and 12” diameters all the way up to 60” diameter screeners we still receive numerous calls from customers looking for customized screeners built around a piece of equipment or a specific process. While many of these applications can be challenging and downright difficult, our shop manager finds them all interesting and challenging. One of the more popular requests are what we call drum sifters or drum screeners. The screeners are simple screeners designed to fit on top of an existing container or a manway on a piece of process equipment. Typically, the customer is not looking to spend a lot of money and is just interested in a way to remove Read More…

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

Craig Macklin

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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Industrial Vibration and Rock and Roll: Another Combination That’s Shaking Things Up!

David Strong

Drugs, Sex, Rock and Roll and Industrial Vibrators!  Well maybe not, how about pharmaceuticals, we still don’t make “those” kinds of vibrators, Rock and Roll and Industrial Vibrators.  The common factor in this list is the application of vibration to accomplish a specific goal.  As some folks that read these blogs might have noticed I’ve stated my interest  in building acoustic guitars, in comes the rock and roll part, and as I state in my bio, “It’s still all about vibration, just strings and wood and not bulk material”.

Guitar building is an interesting adventure, the more I read and build the more the road twists and turns.  I happened to innocently stumble down this path when my son off handedly asked me if I thought we could repaint his Strat.  Well, since then it’s gone from building electrics to building acoustics.  In both groups vibration of the strings and the support structure is critical. For many builders the goal seems to be to duplicate the sound and tone of what many consider the Holy Grail of acoustic guitars, “Pre-war Martins.”   Part of the “magic” of these instruments is the materials used, building process at the time and the natural “aging” of the instrument.   Aging as I understand, it is a combination of changes in the wood and the changes in the structure due to the vibration introduced by the strings.  Read More…

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“No, we don’t make that kind of vibrator…” (Insert Grin Here)

David Strong

I don’t know that having a sense of humor is a requirement for employment here at The Cleveland Vibrator Company, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt!  Perhaps it’s a bit like the old Johnny Cash song about a boy named Sue; you’ve got to expect some off the wall comments when your employer is The Cleveland VIBRATOR Company!  Hard not to be at some sort of gathering and someone asks what you do or where you work.  Yea sure, Cleveland VIBRATOR, you can see them fighting back the smile and probably more than a couple of questions.  I used to be in the Army Reserves and spent the last few years of my service in a school unit as an instructor and eventually as a course manager.  Our mission was to teach soldiers who wanted to change career fields and get a new “MOS” or job skill.  At the end of the “report day” once we’d in-processed all the students into the course we would have a brief introduction to the school, the course and the staff.  We’d go around the class and have each student talk a bit about themselves, military experience and civilian career, always fascinating.  After we worked through the students then the staff would do the same.  I always got a kick out of saying, “I’m Master Sergeant David Strong, so on and so forth, I’m a mechanical engineer and work for The Cleveland Vibrator Company.”   I always gave it a long pause and then added “and no…we don’t make hand held pleasure devices!”  You can probably imagine the response. Read More…

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