Martin Engineering was founded in 1944. The first product developed was the Vibrolator Pneumatic Ball Vibrator patented by Edwin Peterson and it is still used today for its original application of promoting the flow of bulk materials. From its beginning, Martin Engineering has been committed to safety, excellence and innovation in bulk-materials handling. Over the years, Martin has developed hundreds of products to make the handling of bulk materials cleaner, safer and more productive, and currently holds 134 patents and trademarks World-wide.
Incorporated in Illinois, Martin Engineering is privately held by the heirs of Edwin F. Peterson. Serving as Chairman of the Board is Edwin H. Peterson, son of the founder.
One Man's Vision to Global Reality
Near the end of the Great Depression, a foundry pattern maker in a small Illinois town had a vision. He watched while workers overcame sand blockages on the foundry's mold-making machines by pounding the hoppers with hammers. And he was troubled by the noise, the damage and the loss of productivity that resulted.
"What can I do to maintain the flow, to boost productivity and reduce stoppages, to prevent the damage and eliminate the risks for the workers who have to climb the equipment and swing those unwieldy hammers?" asked Edwin F. Peterson. "How can I improve these operations and make them cleaner, safer and more productive?"
Soon, the energetic and inventive Peterson had the idea to use vibration to stimulate the flow of material. This vibration was created by the rotation of a single steel ball in a hardened steel raceway, propelled by compressed air.
His invention, patented in 1949, was marketed as the Peterson Vibrolator® Vibrator. It was the first of the innovative products introduced by Martin Engineering to solve problems in bulk materials handling. Today, more than 60 years later, the Vibrolator® remains one of the world's most accepted vibrators to improve the movement of solid materials.
And the company he founded—Martin Engineering—remains focused on Edwin F. Peterson's vision of making bulk materials handling cleaner, safer and more productive.
After the introduction of the Vibrolator®, Edwin F. Peterson left his job as a pattern maker and started a business. He used an earlier partnership as the basis for the business and adopted its name—Martin Engineering—for the new firm.
Growing Into a New Location
Today, Martin Engineering's Neponset headquarters has expanded to occupy more than 152,000 square feet (14,121 m2) of floor space. The campus now includes sophisticated engineering, research and development, machining and urethane molding capabilities. An integrated computer system controls order entry, manufacturing, inventory and accounting. The Neponset facility is certified to the "world-class" ISO 9001 Quality Systems
In 2008, the company opened its Center for Bulk Materials Handling Innovation (CFI) in Neponset. As headquarters for Martin Engineering's global research and development efforts, CFI holds the promise of improved productivity and profitability for industrial operations where the clean, efficient handling of bulk materials is key to the production process.
History of Our Products
Over the years, Martin Engineering responded to new challenges in bulk materials handling. Other products were introduced, other industries served, other problems solved.
In the 1950's there were Vibroller™ and Vibrotor™ vibrators, developed to provide high-frequency force for consolidating precast and prestressed concrete.
In the 1960's, there was the Brute Vibrator, the first motor-driven eccentric vibrator, providing powerful forces for unloading rail cars and large-scale vessels.
In the 1970's, it was the Air Cannon, the first low-pressure pneumatic air cannon. The introduction of this technology set a new world standard for the evacuation of material from large silos, bins and bunkers.
In the 1980's, there was the Trac-Mount™ Belt Cleaner, the first engineered conveyor belt cleaner to control carryback and improve conveyor efficiency. And there was Trac-Mount™ Skirtboard Seal, the first engineered system to prevent spillage at conveyor loading zones.
Building on past successes, Martin Engineering turned its attention in the late 1980's to the prevention of spillage and dust at conveyor transfer points. The company developed systems to control fugitive material and improve conveyor efficiency. In addition, the company developed in-field installation and service capabilities to help plants control the "cost of ownership" for bulk material handling operations
More recently, Martin Engineering has added dust collection and dust suppression systems to provide a total solution to the problem of dust management in material handling operations. The company continues to expand its capabilities for engineered systems, including air-supported conveyors and custom-engineered chutes and a new design standard for conveyor architecture.
Educating the Industry
To educate the industry on the philosophy and technologies required to prevent dust and spillage from conveyors and transfer points, the company published a comprehensive hardcover book, Foundations™, in 1991. With the publication of fourth edition in 2009, the Foundations™ series continues to be the industry’s only practical resource for total dust and material control.
Workshops drawn on Foundations™ offer on-site education on techniques and technologies to improve bulk material handling. Martin Engineering offers training presentations at levels from basic “new hire” training to advanced conveyor engineering, to help industry achieve its objectives for clean, safe productive material handling.
To reach its markets around the world, Martin Engineering has established a network of subsidiaries, licensees and representatives. Company business units are located in Mexico, Brazil, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia and India with licensees in Canada, Australia and Chile. Authorized representative serve applications in other locations. A business unit in Michigan, Vibration Systems and Solutions, is focused on "new generation" applications for vibration in the movement of bulk materials.
Today, Martin Engineering is recognized as the worldwide authority for total dust control in bulk handling systems. Nearly 70 years after Edwin F. Peterson's initial efforts, the company he founded remains focused on his vision. Now and in the future, Martin Engineering will make the handling of bulk materials cleaner, safer and more productive.