We Came from Bins
The vibratory technology related to discharging bulk solids from storage is well known to Kinergy. Our engineers were among the first to undertake the challenges to find answers to the peculiar abstracts encountered in trying to get obstinate bulk solids to flow from Bins, Silos, and Piles. This concerted effort gradually revealed a different premise of engineering logic. In time, it became the spawning source for the many fresh vibratory theories introduced by the Kinergy Engineers over the years. By consistently reducing this unfolding technology to practice, the other vibratory machines that emerged from this different kind of thinking were inherently brought into being.
Apparently no other Vibratory Engineering Team grew from this same seed.
That may be because it all started in 1962 with the introduction of the Bin Activator used for Discharging Bins and Silos. At that time, getting Bins to flow was critically needed. Their inquisitive effort to discharge Bins and Silos ushered in the concept of “Induced Vertical Flow”, which naturally involved “Densifying”. In 1963, the winning defense of a Bin Activator legally accused of being very destructive inspired the formulation in 1964 of the “Drive vs. Load” analysis of any vibratory machine. A year later in 1965, this new academic led to the development of a sub-resonant tuned, Electro-Mechanical type of Vibrating Feeder that had a simple method of electrical control. It also marked the first time an A.C. Squirrel Cage motor turning relatively small eccentric weights could be electrically varied in speed (RPM) without overheating. This gave the Feeder a full range of adjustable outputs which was from essentially zero to the maximum TPH capacity. After observing the attributes of these Feeders installed under Bins, Silos, Piles, and Dump Hoppers, such as the minimal power required, it was finally realized in 1978 that a unique, full range, Electrically Controlled Vibratory Drive had been invented and not just a Feeder. Further, it could be adapted to each of the other “Induced Conveying” types of vibratory machines. Even though it was a very extensive undertaking, Vibrating Feeders, Conveyors, Screens, Heat Transferring units, and the like are now available with the Kinergy Drive’s Operating Versatility, the inherent load abuse capability, and a high degree of Energy Efficiency.
Over the past 50 years, the Engineering people who innately became students of this slowly unfolding knowledge never strayed from their pursuit of these two distinct fields of professional endeavor. Namely, the principle of “Induced Vertical Flow” and the advancement of the “Kinergy Drive System”. In this respect, the people of Kinergy are a primary example of the dedicated and persistent engineering required to gradually convert all these learnings into reality, as is apparent by the many Vibratory Machines that are now in productive use all around the world that stem from these teachings.
Changing to Power Generation in 2006, and with the cooperation of the Riley Power Co. located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Kinergy Drive Technology was used to provide the first Vibrating Stoker Grate that can fire Boilers by burning less expensive ROM Coal and the Biomass Fuels.
Soon after this Grate went into service, it was also seen to be an adjustable, open flame kind of Dryer. Processes that need this type of Dryer will be improved by this new creation.
This recent gain indicates the beneficial innovations derived from this steadily, emerging knowledge that originated from the quest to induce obstinate bulk solids to flow from Bins, Silos, Piles, and Rail Cars do not appear to have come to an end.