Brake. Don’t Break.

Craig Macklin
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To the casual observer, Vibratory Equipment might look like pretty simple stuff.  You just slap some vibrators on the thing to make it shake, right?  Anyone can make that!  Well, as we’ve seen in some other detailed posts from Jack Steinbuch and David Strong, there is more than meets the eye to designing and building something that will work and last.

One design feature in our controls that we have offered and recommended in the past is the Dynamic Brake. I say that we offered in the past because we are now moving to just making Dynamic Brakes standard features.  We recognize that many folks may not know what a Dynamic Brake really does in order to see it as a good option to add.  However, as you will see in the explanation and video here, it is more than a good option.  It is the right way to build controls for vibratory equipment.  We feel so strongly about doing things the right way.  So, we are now just including it as standard feature.

To explain the Dynamic Break, we need to start with a quick review of the vibratory motors that make the equipment work.  A vibratory table, feeder or screener uses two rotary electric vibratory motors (or shaker motors) that counter-rotate.  The structure holding the motors is designed so that the motors can sense each other and sync their rotations of the weights that they are swinging around in order to produce purely linear vibratory force.  This synching happens pretty quickly on start-up.  However, when power is cut to the motors, they will naturally keep swinging until they coast to a stop.  As they loose rotational speed (or frequency), they get out of synch, which creates erratic forces on the equipment.  You can see this ~0:25 in the video here.  Those erratic forces cause some pretty significant, uncontrolled movement in the equipment for 5 – 10 seconds as the weights wind down.  The bigger the weights, the worse the condition.  Aside from just looking problematic, this erratic force and shaking can cause extra wear and tear on the equipment, isolation system and nearby equipment or people within string distance.

However, with controls that include a Dynamic Break, the motors’ weights (and thus equipment) can be smoothly brought to a complete stop within 1-2 seconds.  You can see that ~0:55 in the video.  Same type of equipment.  Same isolation system.  Completely different stopping.  Looks much better, eh?

So, if you are shopping for new vibratory equipment, please do contact us.  But, also be sure to compare controls as well to know whether you are getting it designed right with a Dynamic Brake.

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Craig Macklin

Craig Macklin

Strategic Development at Cleveland Vibrator Co.
Craig Macklin joined Cleveland Vibrator in 2010. His only previous experience with industrial vibration or material handling was infrequent visits to the earthquake exhibit (yes, it was indeed built by Cleveland Vibrator) at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Though he was previously mired in the world of theoretical, intangible products and services such as Enterprise Content Management and consulting services, he has developed a passion for this industry. His understanding of the value and importance of industrial vibration to numerous industries and applications grows everyday. He enjoys fine, locally roasted espresso drinks and 4-door sedans. He has cried at multiple Browns and Indians games. He once read 2 pages of GEB.