Case Study: Broken Glass Buildup – MARTIN® VAC-MOUNT™ Portable Vibrator

Problem

A large plate-glass manufacturer in Toronto was dealing with two problems: broken glass in a scrap reclaim bin not vacating, and compensation claims for back injuries resulting from the periodic cleaning of this bin.

Situation

Except for scheduled maintenance or breakdown, the line is never shut down. Thus, when the glass is not being cut and stacked, the material is “thrashed” and recycled. It was at this station the problem existed. The bin, approximately 8’ x 30’ in size, had less than a 2-1/2′ drop (roughly 5°). The operators were using long poles to push the glass shards to the discharge, which periodically resulted in a back injury claim.

Solution

We installed a MARTIN® VAC-MOUNT™ Portable Vibrator from MARTIN® Vibration Systems. Demonstration was key in showing the customer the solution to their problem. Even though there was noise from the thrasher, the customer may now vibrate and clean this bin during cutting and stacking without excessive noise from piston type vibrators.