Most people have experienced trying to get ketchup to pour from a glass bottle. Typically, the ketchup sticks to the inside of the bottle and nothing comes out. The most common way to get the ketchup moving is to bang the bottom of the bottle with your hand.
Similarly, most plant operations that require bringing in large amounts of bulk solids have trouble with the contents of a bin, hopper or rail car unloading completely because the product sticks to the side of the hopper. And too often, that means sending a worker over with a hammer or mallet to bang on the side of the equipment until it starts flowing more freely.
Unfortunately, this can sometimes dent the equipment or potentially cause even worse damage requiring maintenance or replacement. Both of these are expensive due to the hard costs of the repair or new equipment, as well as the revenues lost as a result of diminished capacity while the equipment is down.
By applying an industrial vibrator the gentle vibration loosens the bulk solid without risking damage and, in fact, does a more thorough job of emptying the container. Plus, we offer portable vibrators that attach with suction and can be moved easily and quickly from surface to surface, as well as vibrators that mount permanently to your equipment.
At Martin® Vibration Systems, we have hundreds of products that fulfill a wide range of needs. We’re happy to discuss your operation’s needs and help you determine which product can help you streamline your process and reduce your costs. Just give us a call at 1-888-920-1933 or send a message to our Engineering/Application Department to connect with us.