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GK: The Value of Innovation

Here at General Kinematics, we are always moving forward. Not only to make sure that our products are top of the line but to make sure that our customers are getting the most effective machine and highest return on their investment (most bounce for the ounce). Never being satisfied with a standard version of any processing machine, GK saw a standard feeder as something that needed to be improved and took action. From this humble beginning, the High Stroke Feeder (HSF) was born. Whereas the traditional feeder has a stroke of a nominal ⅜” our standard HSF has a stroke of ⅝” or more. That’s 1/4” higher. The purpose of the HSF is to meter out material, spread it out across the width of the pan, and cause separation with the amount of energy imparted into the materials.

 

As a result, we saw a direct improvement in the sorting process, but that wasn’t the time to stop looking for ways to make it even better. This is where the HSF with concrete inertia base was formed. This inertia base improved the absorption of transient vibrations from interfering with surrounding machinery disrupting their performance. Still not satisfied, GK Engineering designed a mild steel version of the inertia base to simplify the installation process. The evolution of this HSF is fully Isolated, minimizing the negative effects on adjacent machinery and removing potential disruption of the sorting process.

 

If you’ve noticed the pattern you may know what I’m about to say next. Yes, GK improved the HSF yet again. While the inertia bases were very effective, they were also quite heavy. As you well know, more weight is equal to more cost. This all adds up to another area GK saw room for improvement. The fully isolated HSF featured an integrated isolation spring bracket assembly. The resultant lighter base, lowered the overall cost of the machine while still maintaining effective isolation. GK cannot take all of the credit for these improvements, however; feedback from GK customers is always critical to the innovation process.  

What’s up next? The fully isolated High Stroke Feeder – High Displacement (HSF-HD) has all of the amazing features attributed to the original HSF but now with a 1” stroke. This is yet another response to your input: and gives you more processing power for less!

GK works hand in hand with our customers to design equipment that works for you. Have an idea for the next evolution in vibratory processing equipment for your facility? Contact us today.

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Dick Reeves

Director of Resource Recovery

    Dick Reeves has been with General Kinematics for over 20 years starting out as a Design Engineer and moving through many different titles to his current title as Director of Resource Recovery. Dick received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Analysis and Design. Since Dick started at GK he has developed the C&D market in Australia, joined the CDRA Board of Directors, and championed the development of new equipment for the recycling industry. In his free time Dick enjoys brewing and woodworking.
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