Key Considerations When Shopping for a Vibrating Table

Since the innovation of bulk packaging systems, advancements have made it possible to accommodate different types of bags, pouches, bins, and crates. However, bulk-packaging systems cannot work alone since products must settle nicely into various packages during the filling process. Therefore, companies use bulk packaging systems with vibration tables to ensure the proper settling and compaction of materials into containers. Besides compaction, vibrating tables help companies address product challenges such as densification and de-airing. Therefore, if you are in the process of opening a feed and grain plant and need a vibration table, here are essential factors to consider.

Type of Vibrating Table

You must understand that vibrating tables are not one-size-fits-all machines when shopping for one. Notably, there are two main types: flat deck table and grid deck table. Flat deck vibrating tables have a characteristic up and down movement, which is typically linear and allows for uniform densification and compaction of materials. You can vary the vibration intensity on flat deck tables in two ways; regulating airflow into the pneumatic system or adjusting the motor speed. Grid deck vibrating tables are custom engineered to fit usage specifications and are ideal if you already have a roller conveyor system. Notably, a manufacturer must make a grid table that conforms to a roller conveyor system's design. Although both perform the same functions, a grid deck table is more efficient but costly, thanks to the roller conveyor system. On the other hand, a flat deck is ideal for manual applications and is less expensive.

Power Options 

Vibrating tables can be powered by pneumatic systems or electricity, and the choice depends on utility availability and cost factors. For instance, flat deck vibrating tables can run using pneumatic power or electricity. It is an ideal choice if your plant is located in an area that experiences intermittent power outages. Moreover, you save utility costs because you can switch between pneumatic power and electricity depending on production output. In contrast, grid deck vibrating tables only use electricity. Therefore, it makes them ideal for plants with high production volumes since they can easily handle the electricity bill.

Table Size

The size of the vibrating table you need should be guided by your daily output, budget, and floor space. For instance, it is logical to buy a small vibrating table if your production plant is not expansive. It allows you to fit a table and other equipment comfortably. Moreover, the output of a small plant does not warrant a big vibrating table. Conversely, plants with ample floor space can occasionally increase their production and should get a sizeable vibrating table. Over time, the high production volumes pay for the high initial capital.