A cheese producer had a costly production problem. Cheese built up and stuck to the hopper walls, causing clogs and stopping the flow through the discharge chutes. The production line would shut down and employees had to climb up on the equipment to clear the problem - usually by using hammers to bang on the hopper walls. Once they cleared the clogs, employees needed to resterilize the entire area to prevent contamination. This resulted in a significant amount of wasted product and lost production time.
In addition to the wasted time and product, hammering on the hopper walls caused the development of "hammer rash" - small dents and divots in the hopper wall - which in turn caused the sticking and clogging to occur more frequently, further compounding production problems and comprimising the equipment longevity, too!
A VIBCO vibration expert examined the situation and recommended mounting BVS-190 Silent Pneumatic Turbine Vibrators to the hopper at the discharge chutes. The vibration kept the cheese flowing through the chutes and transferred to the hopper walls to eliminate the sticking problem.
VIBCO BVS-190 Pneumatic Turbine Vibrators are prelubricated for life and, at just 67 dB, offer virtually silent operation. They produce 75 lbs of force and 10,500 vibrations per minute (VPM), and consume just 5.5 CFM at 80 PSI.
VIBCO manufactures a complete line of vibrators for the food industry, including sanitary and wash-down safe models. VIBCO offers free, 24 hour per day, expert vibration support for sizing, selection and placement of vibrators.
Founded in 1962, VIBCO, Inc. (vibco.com) designs, manufacturers and markets a comprehensive range of heavy-duty electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators for construction and industrial use. The company also designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of vibratory plate compactors and rollers. The company is headquartered in Wyoming, RI, USA.