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Case Study: Modular Feeders

Challenge

A major power company needed to replace two existing GK feeders that had been in use for over 35 years. During that time, the space had become very crowded and hard to maneuver within. Only small pieces could be moved into place, one at a time, to replace the existing units. Once in place, the units would need to easily be assembled due to the lack of working space and assembly machinery.

Approach

GK’s engineering team set out to create a modular feeder. The new design needed to retain the standard GK robust design attributes and utilize the PARA-MOUNT II® drive.

Modular Feeder by General Kinematics
GK Modular Feeder (click image to view full size).

Solution

General Kinematics was able to design a replaceable feeder to meet these needs. The exciter and drive bracket were designed to be one bolted component. This eliminated the need to individually torque each reactor spring in the plant. The cross members, side stringers and the trough liner also used bolted connections with security locknuts.

Results

With GK’s innovative design, the units were easy to assemble in the field and able to perform as their preceding feeders. The bolted connections required no field welding or rivets, which drastically sped up and simplified assembly. The customer is confident these feeders are capable of lasting for the next 35 years to come.

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Amy Donahue-Kelley joined General Kinematics in 2013 and manages the Marketing Department. Amy received a Communications degree and is near completion of her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Since Amy started at GK, she has managed the global marketing efforts and written several technical articles. She enjoys visiting customers and understanding how GK equipment can improve their processes.
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