Like a flower shop’s vibrant rows of bouquets, there are many different types of shakeout technology available for the modern foundry. When considering all of the colorful options, keep in mind that choosing the best vibratory shakeout technology for your metal casting facility will help optimize throughput, prevent casting damage and disable the potential of down time. Ergo, selecting the topmost vibratory shakeout technology, now, will save your foundry’s cash ceiling in the long haul.
Overall, there are two different types of vibratory shakeout designs available in the market: brute force and two-mass. A brute force vibratory shakeout design is composed of a steel box or trough with a perforated surface. Attached to the trough are unbalanced drives—typically an electromechanical motor—which creates the force that pulses through the machine.
Among General Kinematics brute force machines the V2 Variable Vector Shakeout Technology creates variable attack angles in its vibrating shakeouts. Simple to operate—with the push of a button—the machine’s control system uses vector-based measurements to detect and maintain the proper shakeout angles for the present casting type. Well designed, the controls also enable the ability to customize the travel speed for various casting sizes and shapes.
In two-mass designs, the machine is outfit with a spring system between the unbalanced drive motor and the trough of the unit. This spring system allows for amplification of the force created by the motors, increasing throughput while requiring significantly less horsepower. An additional advantage of two-mass technology is that the force created by the drive is spread throughout the machine. In brute force machines, drive force is concentrated, often causing premature mechanical fatigue and failure. Finally, the natural frequency design compensates for inconsistent load conditions and also eliminates the need for frivolous expenses such as V-belts, couplings and bearings.
To help discover which type of vibratory shakeout technology is the best choice for your facility’s casting style and metallurgical type contact General Kinematics for a consultation today!