Flow-Easy vibrator speeds up unloading process for Tierney Transport.

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The issue of bulk material clinging to the inside of a tipper and slowing down the unloading process is something common to many operators carting bulk products like soil, fertiliser, stock feed, grains and sands.

In many cases the only way to get material moving is by ‘shunting’ the vehicle or manually digging out compacted product at the end of a shift – both risky and time consuming for the operator and leading to excessive wear and tear on the vehicle.

Flow-Easy vibrators are designed to speed up the unloading of bulk products, providing an efficient, safe and controlled load discharge. The vibration loosens compacted material, effectively eliminating compacted, residual build up – a costly and common issue.

West Australian based Tierney’s Transport faced a specific problem; the issue was with the back trailer which had a large setback to accommodate a hoist which in turn caused materials including lime, sand and fertiliser to build up in front of the hoist.

“We had continual issues with the material getting stuck on the inside of the trailer – the only way to get the material moving again was to physically climb into the trailer with a shovel and free it manually; both risky and time consuming,” owner Craig Tierney said.

Craig had seen the Flow-Easy vibrators advertised in a trucking publication and decided to investigate further. He discussed his issues with Enmin and after finding out how simple the vibrator was to install, duly purchased one.

“We’ve had it fitted for a few months now and it’s working really well. It’s significantly sped up the unloading process saving us time and hassle whilst ensuring the safety of my driver.

In addition to assisting with unloading our usual bulk loads, we’ve also found it very helpful when unloading pellets and grain out the back of the trailer. You simply hit the button occasionally and that way the pellets come out evenly and not in one big rush,” Craig added.

“The vibrator has proven particularly useful when we have to tip under low sheds where our elevation height is limited. The vibrator enables us to get the product as close to the top of the shed as possible whilst discharging the load in a safe and controlled manner,” Craig went on to say.

Another benefit of the vibrators is that they’re a simple, cost-effective alternative to body liners, significantly reducing the risk of cross-contamination, particularly where grains and fertiliser are being transported.

The range includes 12- and 24-volt electric vibrators along with hydraulic and pneumatically powered options. Some transport applications require vibration to be applied for an extended amount of time, a scenario where the design characteristics of the hydraulic and pneumatic models come into their own. If required, they can be run continuously, rather than the more generally utilised intermittent operation of the electric models.

As companies update their truck and trailer fleets the vibrators can be removed easily and quickly from existing trailers and installed on the new units.

Flow-Easy vibrators are distributed by Melbourne-based Enmin, an Australian market leader in the areas of materials handling systems and vibratory equipment.

In addition to the truck vibrators, Enmin also has an extensive range of Industrial vibrators to suit any industry that handles bulk material. The range is specifically designed to suit Australia’s harsh environment and covers a multitude of industries such as agriculture, mining, quarrying, recycling, ports and terminals.