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Installation Guide for Electric Vibrating Motors

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The use of electric vibrating motors is commonplace in the industrial setup. These electric motors can be used in a wide range of industrial applications including conveyor belt systems, feeders, hoppers, screens and vibrating tables. Incorrect installation is one of the top causes of system failures associated with the use of electric vibrating motors. Let's take a look at some of the essentials things required to ensure proper installation of the vibrating motors. 


Electric vibrating motors must be mounted in a style that limits moisture accumulation. All electric motors, particularly those installed in outdoor environments, should be mounted with the terminal box facing downwards. This minimises potential moisture buildup on the surface of the box. Most applications require only a single vibrating motor. As a general industry rule, the ideal mounting for a single vibrating motor on a bin or hopper is attaching the unit at a point where it is one-third up the sloping wall part. For applications that require the use of two or more vibrating motors, the cumulative centrifugal force generated by the vibrators can be balanced by adjusting the relative positions of the units on either side of the shaft.


Kinking of power cables can affect the functionality of systems using electric vibrating motors. Cable lengths should be accurately measured to determine how much cable is required to make each connection. Bending of power cables at the terminal junction box of the electric motor can lead to disruption of power. Installers must adhere to the minimum permissible radius recommended for the vibrator model they intend to use for a particular application.


Like with many electrically-powered appliances, electric motors pose the risk of electrical shock and injury. To cushion against this risk, installers must make sure that the equipment is properly grounded. They can do this by installing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) on the equipment. A GFCI is a safety device that is installed on electrical equipment to protect people from harm in case of a fault in the flow of current, which may cause an electrical shock. Installers must make sure the ground lead cable is properly connected to the main body of the electric motors.

The surest way to ensure that electric vibrating motors are successfully integrated into your specific system is to hire a professional technician to do the installation work on your behalf. Professional installation is a small investment that will provide you with trouble-free operations down the road. For more information, reach out to companies like VSS - Vibration Systems & Solutions (Australia).