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Wood Shavings Manufacturer Uses VIBCO Vibrators to Solve Bridging Problem


Wood shavings manufacturer uses VIBCO DC-1600 vibrators on spreader truck to solve bridging problem and speed deliveries by 66%.

Wyoming, RI, March 14, 2008 --(PR.com)-- "Running those vibrators was like the first time I got air conditioning in my car... a breath of fresh air. In fact, next summer I'd rather have my AC break down than those vibrators... I can always open a window!" says Joel Gibbs, owner of West Georgia Shavings.

West Georgia Shavings, Inc. manufactures premium, dried pine wood shavings for use as animal bedding. The product is sold in bulk and delivered by the trailerload in a converted spreader truck. Using the spreader truck keeps the material dry, clean and in perfect condition, but it can also result in a serious material bridging problem.

The bridging was so compacted that it was strong enough to support the weight of a 250-pound operator climbing up onto the load to poke holes into the material with a broom handle to break the bridge. It was a dangerous, inefficient and messy way to solve the bridging problem and still resulted in an hour-long unloading process.

Joel Gibbs and Blake Keener, the owners of West Georgia Shavings, had seen VIBCO DC-3500 Big Bertha Vibrators mounted onto dump trailers at a recent visit to CMF Motorsports of Douglasville, GA. They wondered if dump truck vibrators could help to solve their bridging problem, so they contacted CMF to learn more.

CMF Motorsports contacted VIBCO Vibrators and explained West Georgia Shavings' bridging problem to a VIBCO applications engineer. The engineer, knowing that wood shavings can be a difficult material to move, arranged for Carl Patton, VIBCO's Southeast Regional Sales Manager, to make a site visit to West Georgia Shavings to get a first-hand look at the material and the problem. See a video of the actual bridging problem and VIBCO's solution at http://www.vibco.com/videos/#shavingtruck

Because wood shavings can be tricky to move, Patton recommended that West Georgia Shavings take advantage of VIBCO's Free 10-day trial program to make sure that everyone was happy with the recommended solution before committing to the purchase. Gibbs and Keener readily agreed to the free trial and contracted CMF Motorsports to perform the installation.

Per VIBCO's recommendation, CMF Motorsports installed two VIBCO DC-1600 Vibrators onto one side of the West Georgia Shavings spreader truck.

When asked about his satisfaction with the performance of the VIBCO Vibrators, Joel Gibbs stated, "Running those vibrators was like the first time I got air conditioning in my car... a breath of fresh air. In fact, next summer I'd rather have my AC break down than those vibrators... I can always open a window!"

West Georgia Shavings reports that, prior to installing the VIBCO DC-1600 vibrators, unloading took about an hour and was a labor-intensive and dangerous process. That time is now cut to just over 20 minutes... a 66% reduction in unloading time. Considering the labor savings alone (at an average $15/hr, 4 loads per day), that amounts to savings of $40/day, or $200/week, or $10,400/year. And because the truck needs to be running during the entire unloading process, West Georgia Shavings is saving a tremendous amount of money on fuel, as well.

Founded in 1962, VIBCO Vibrators designs, manufacturers and markets a comprehensive range of heavy-duty electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators for construction and industrial use. The company also designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of vibratory plate compactors and rollers. The company is headquartered in Wyoming, RI, USA. For more details and contact information, go to http://www.vibco.com.

West Georgia Shavings manufactures and distributes dried pine wood shavings for animal bedding and other agricultural use. The company is located in Douglasville, GA. For more details and information, contact Joel Gibbs at (404) 375-4900.

CMF Motorsports offers complete automotive repair, customization and fabrication services. The company is located in Douglasville, GA. For more information, contact Chris Gravett at (770) 318-7309.

Founded in 1962, VIBCO Vibrators designs, manufacturers and markets a comprehensive range of heavy-duty electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators for construction and industrial use. The company also designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of vibratory plate compactors and rollers. The company is headquartered in Wyoming, RI, USA. For more details and contact information, go to http://www.vibco.com.

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