Selecting vibratory equipment to minimize unplanned vibration effects — Part I
Successfully using vibratory equipment requires understanding how unplanned vibration can affect your process and other equipment and structures. Part I of this two-part article discusses some vibration basics, then explains how vibration affects equipment and structures and bulk materials. Other sections cover meeting vibratory equipment criteria and how to specify, install, and maintain vibratory equipment to minimize unplanned vibration effects. Next month, Part II will cover case histories and a list of dos and don'ts for selecting and using vibratory equipment to minimize unplanned vibration effects.
Vibration has always been used to help achieve powder and bulk solids processing goals. Equipment such as vibratory conveyors and feeders, bin activators and other flow aids for hoppers and silos, vibratory compactors, and screeners can provide reliable, cost-effective solutions to many process problems.