Oscillating Conveyor System
Selection of vibratory conveyor:
The oscillating motion of the trough is achieved via specially designed inclined arms and an eccentric shaft driven by a motor through V-belts. The eccentric shaft is mounted on anti friction bearings and has V-pulleys at both ends with weights on them to counteract the unbalancing force. The rotation of the eccentric shaft provides a forward and backward motion to a connecting arm attached to the trough through a rubberized pin. The trough motion is predominantly horizontal with some vertical component, which causes it to oscillate with a pattern conductive to conveying material. A retaining spring assembly at the back of the trough absorbs shock load. All components including drive motor are mounted on a rigidly constructed base frame.
Advantages of Oscillating Conveyor System:
· Hot and abrasive materials can be handled
· Cooling, drying and de-watering operation can be done during transport
· Scalping, screening or picking can be done
· Units can be covered and made dust tight
· Simple construction and low head room
· Can be made leak proof
Disadvantages of Oscillating Conveyor System:
· Relatively short length of conveying ( about 50m Maximum)
· Limited capacity, about 350 tons per hour for length of conveying of 30 m.
· Some degradation of material takes place.
Applications of Oscillating Conveyor System:
Vibratory conveyors find wide spread application in the transportation of dusty, hot, toxic, and chemically aggressive bulk material through a closed trough or pipe in chemical, metallurgical, mining industries and manufacturing of building materials.
Vibratory conveyors are also employed for transportation of steel chips in machine shop, hot knocked out sand, wastes and small castings in foundry shop. Vibratory feeders are also in use for delivery of small machine parts like screws, rivets etc.
Sticky materials like wet clay or sand are unsuitable for vibratory conveyors. In handling finely pulverized materials, like cement etc., the performance of such conveyors are reported to be poor.
Vibratory conveyors are hardly employed for handling common bulk loads, such as sand, gravel, coal etc as the same can be done more efficiency by belt conveyors.