Case Study: Cleaning Media Recovery Conveyor

A local machine assembly company has a critical media cleaning operation as part of their overall quality assurance program. Media must be returned to the supply bins at a specific minimum rate, and be classified properly to eliminate oversized metallic and debris to prevent clogging the media nozzles. An existing vibratory conveyor was in place, and was causing excessive down time due to structural failures.

General Kinematics was asked to inspect the operation along with an independent consultant who was familiar with the metrics of the cleaning room. Following two field visits to study the process, a new conveyor was proposed to fit into an existing floor tunnel. Key points to address included overhead chute interface, spill seals, flow rates, and installation plans.

General Kinematics worked with the customer and consultants, to design a unique conveyor with custom features to fit the application. Ultra low headroom machinery allows the space needed for the proper double deck trough, and access to all components. Perforated plate sections pass good media for return to supply bins, with oversize material exiting through a discharge chute. Syncro-Shear conveyor drive was located at the inlet area of the unit for maintenance accessibility.

Installation was a success due to system study, field survey, and a minor pre-planned length adjustment to the existing concrete tunnel. The conveyor handles the media capacity, separates undesired materials, and runs reliably with no down time. Production time is no longer interrupted to clean the area manually and perform repairs.

About General Kinematics
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, holding more than 200 worldwide patents, and is acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical advancement of vibrating equipment design and application. Today, over 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries. For more information about General Kinematics products and services, visit the company’s website at

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