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Case Study: Equipment Refurbishment

Challenge
A GK customer purchased a used VIBRA-MILL® Sand reclaimer sight unseen from a closed foundry in the south and wanted to use it to break down sand for pneumatic conveying. The VIBRA-MILL®, originally commissioned in 1975, was of unknown condition.

Approach
The customer returned the unit to have GK inspect the machine to determine if it was in operating condition. GK received the unit and proceeded with a thorough inspection of the machine.

Solution
Due to the durability of General Kinematics machines, the 36 year old unit required very little work to return to original operating condition. General Kinematics repaired the few compromised welds and serviced the mechanical equipment on the machine.

Results
The unit was quickly and affordably returned to a production-ready condition. The customer saved considerable money having GK recondition a pre-owned machine, and General Kinematics kept another proven machine in operation.

General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. Today, the company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment, having held more than 200 worldwide patents, and is a significant contributor to vibrating equipment design and application technical advancement. General Kinematics serves a worldwide customer base through a network of engineering-oriented independent sales representatives who cover major industrial markets throughout the United States. International markets are serviced from subsidiary operations and through a combination of representatives, licensed manufacturers, and strategic alliances with leading industry-specific organizations in other strategic locations. Today, more than 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries. As new process and efficiency challenges emerge, General Kinematics is qualified to address these needs with advanced technology, innovative engineering, new materials, and manufacturing techniques. All applied to improving customer productivity and profitability while meeting ever more stringent requirements.

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