Because the cost of moving products to the customer is often a substantial budget item, reducing the cost of shipping can significantly impact overall profitability. One way to reduce those costs is by packing more product into each container. Industrial vibration, properly applied, causes bulk products and loose items to settle as containers are being filled. This allows the manufacturer to pack more product into each container, thereby reducing costs.
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A Netter customer in the chemical manufacturing industry was working with a bulk solid chemical in powder form, filling barrels for delivery. Because the angle of repose for this specific material was relatively steep, a cone formed on the surface of the product as it was being fed into the barrel. In order to fill the barrel to its full capacity and place a lid on it, this cone had to be flattened.
Typically, we would advise the customer to fill the barrels on a compaction table, but due to limited space that was not an option. This case presented an additional challenge in that the solution had to be ATEX compliant because some of the materials were potentially explosive or flammable.
The customer purchased and began implementing a Netter NCT 29 E and a Netter NTS 50/01 EL, both of which are pneumatic vibrators, applying them to the barrels with two VAC 250 Twin GD vacuum systems. This leveled the surface of the product at the top of the barrel, allowing it to be completely filled and sealed with a cover. An additional benefit of the equipment they purchased is that the vacuum mounting is easily attached and detached from the sides of the barrels, so they can be moved quickly from barrel to barrel.
A NetterVibration customer manufacturing component parts was experiencing inefficiency in shipping their product because, as the components were being fed into the shipping containers, a cone-shaped mound formed, leaving open space on the sides of the mound and between components. This made sealing the boxes impossible without reducing the number of components and leaving a substantial amount of space in the box.
The customer agreed that compaction with an industrial vibrator was the optimal solution for flattening the contents of the box. However, because the customer did not want to increase production time, it was required that the vibration be part of the production chain. They installed an NTK 40 AL pneumatic linear vibrator to a VTR 4/6 vibrating table for roller conveyors fitted with rollers, using a set of air bellows to lift the box before compaction. As a result, the customer was able to flatten the angle of repose in process, thereby making the most efficient use of the space within the boxes and reducing the company’s shipping costs.
A NetterVibration customer was filling large bag containers with a bulk solid to a specific weight. During the filling process, the feeder poured the material into the bag until it reached the desired weight, then stopped. However, the product being fed into the bag formed a cone-shaped mound, leaving space inside the container around the mound and the material needed to be flattened. This filling and compacting process was repeated until the desired final weight was reached and the container could be sealed.
The customer placed the container on a VTFW 10/12 vibrating table with scale with two NEG 25930 electric external vibrators installed, which is open on one side so that the pallet can be inserted onto the table from the side using only a hand pallet truck. Upon reaching the desired weight, a scale triggered the vibrators to turn on, flattening the angle of repose and compacting the contents of the bag. This enabled the customer to use the smallest container possible and fill it completely, minimizing shipping costs.
A NetterVibration customer filling large boxes as they sat on wood pallets was experiencing higher shipping costs than necessary due to inefficiency in filling the boxes. As the product was being fed into the box, a cone-shaped mound formed, extending above the top of the box, making it impossible to close and seal the box.
The customer used a VTF 8/12 low profile table with two NEG 25540 electric external vibrators, which is open on one side so that the pallet can be inserted onto the table from the side using only a hand pallet truck. The linear vibration supplied by the table flattened the angle of repose and allowed more components to be fed into the box. This minimized the number of boxes being shipped and therefore substantially reduced the shipping cost.
A NetterVibration customer that manufactures electronic components was experiencing inefficiency in its shipping because the loose components did not completely fill the boxes they were being shipped in. As the components were being fed into the boxes, a mound accumulated in the centre that extended above the top of the box, making it difficult to close and seal the package.
By applying an NTK 40 AL pneumatic linear vibrator to the side of the box, the customer compacted the contents of the box, flattening the angle of repose and allowing more components to be shipped in each box. This minimized the number of boxes being shipped and therefore substantially reduced the shipping cost. Furthermore, by applying the vibrator with a VAC 15 vacuum fixing device, a single vibrator could be moved easily from box to box.
A NetterVibration customer in the chemical manufacturing industry was using a feeder system to fill boxes with a bulk solid powder for shipping. The feeder was configured to fill six boxes simultaneously. During the filling process, a cone-shaped mound formed on top of the material, extending above the top of the box.
The customer installed an NTK 8 AL pneumatic linear vibrator to the table, vibrating the boxes while and after they are filled, flattening the angle of repose and allowing for more product to be put in the box before closing and sealing it. As a result, the customer was able to ship more product on each truckload, substantially reducing shipping costs.