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Vibrator Mounting Solution

November 15, 2018
Martin Engineering's vibrator mounting solution for smaller hoppers, bins and vessels
Martin Engineering's vibrator mounting solution for smaller hoppers, bins and vessels

This versatile mounting solution for bins, hoppers and chutes -- with no welding, drilling or tapping required -- speeds up vibrator installation and eliminates the usual system downtime.

Designed to adhere to circumferences of less than 24 in. (including high arcs, odd angles, or limited spaces), the purpose-built Martin Stick & Shake adhesive mounting system now allows operators to quickly and easily attach compact vibrators directly to process vessels. The result is more effective material flow at choke points, higher efficiency, and reduced maintenance time. 

Available for the company’s NTK 8AL HA, NTS 80, and NTP 18 vibrators, the Stick and Shake Mounting System provides all necessary components, including stainless steel face plate, mounting studs, lock washers and hex nuts, two-component adhesive cartridge, mixing nozzle, double-sided adhesive strips, and a convenient applicator gun. Compatible with virtually any clean surface, the glue adheres to nearly every common industrial structural material, including painted metals, polycarbonate, acrylics, and ABS plastics. The low-noise, pneumatic, piston-driven Bantam series units can be mounted in any position, even when in constant use.  

“Handlers of pellets, grain, powder, or viscous liquids often have small hoppers, specialized vessels, or cramped spaces where traditional vibration brackets won’t fit,” explained Michael Holland, product group leader at Martin Vibration Systems. “In response to customer requests, we devised a revolutionary solution that can conform tightly to a curved vessel wall, but still offer a flush and sturdy mount to attach our Bantam series of powerful compact vibrators.”

Previously, narrow system bottlenecks that were prone to clogging required a vibrator to be mounted on a flat surface or support structure.  To properly agitate the hopper and maintain constant material flow, the vibrator needed to be powerful enough to shake the entire apparatus, rather than just the vessel itself. Beyond the increased energy usage of larger vibrators, over time, perpetual shaking degrades the stability of support structures and potentially reduces the life of mechanical parts, increasing the cost of operation.

By adhering directly to the wall of a hopper, bin, or chute, operators are better able to apply focused energy directly to the blockage site, improving material flow with less force. Shaking only the vessel wall instead of the entire apparatus, the vibration creates separation between fragments, dislodging buildup and promoting flow, reducing downtime and maintenance associated with material accumulation.

A single worker can install the new mounting system in just a few minutes. Needing just 24 hours for full cure of the adhesive, the vibrator can be mounted, installed, and working the same business day. To operate, the units require a three-way normally closed valve and 5-micron filter regulator. All the designs can be outfitted with timers to regulate operation and conserve power. 

Martin Vibration Systems & Solutions, Marine City, MI 810-765-7460 www.shake-it.com

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