The following pages contain installation instructions for Chime Master products.
Electronic Carillon Systems
Automatic Bell Ringing Products
Equipment and locations
In general there are three areas that bell ringing equipment is located.
The control panel, sometimes referred to as a master clock, head unit, and may be an electronic carillon is usually located in a sacristy or office area. Many times to save long wiring runs, it may be installed in a balcony area near the tower. In all cases, no ladders should need to be used to access the control panel.
High current switching should be as near the bells as practical. The weather resistant relay panels are, in most cases, installed in an enclosed tower chamber below the bells. Precision intelliSwing motor control panels should be within sight of swinging bells for ease of programming.
To prevent moisture from accumulating in the panels, always route conduit to the bottom of the boxes.
Tolling hammers, clappers and swinging motors are installed on the bells themselves and are usually supplied with at least an 18 inch pigtail. Junction boxes need to be located near enough to the actuator to allow connections. Flexible conduit is helpful to allow junction boxes to be re-located during the equipment installation. Separate low current conduits should be provided for swinging motor motion feedback signals (generally 12VDC logic signals).
Bells are always numbered from the largest (bell 1) to the smallest.
For swinging bells, the wheel side of the bell is where the swinging motor will be installed, and a tolling hammer will always be located on the opposite side from the wheel.
Stationary bells can have either outside tolling hammers or inside clappers. The electro-mechanical and physics aspects of this choice generally is made on the basis of how loud the bell is intended to ring. Gravity favors outside hammers helping the power of the striking of the bell. Gravity works against inside clappers resulting in a softer tone. Visual esthetics aside, choose clappers for musical instruments and hammers for tolling bells.
A riser diagram shows the power supply, conduits and conductors required to be installed by an electrician in preparation for the installation of a bell ringing system. Electrical panels supplied by Chime Master are shown for location reference, but dimensions and final hookup may vary from the riser drawing.
Three phase power and 208VAC supply should be noted as early in the project as possible. Swinging motor systems should use three phase when available. Single phase motors are designed to be used at 230 VAC.
- 1-Phase, 1-Hammer, 1-intelliSwing 2052 motor
- 1-Phase, 1-Hammer, 4-intelliSwing Precision rotary motors
- 3-Phase, 1-Hammer, 3-intelliSwing MagForce linear motors
- 3-Phase, 2-Hammers, 2-intelliSwing MagForce linear motors
- Libertas relay panel
- intelliSwing 2052 unidirectional motors
- Reversing intelliSwing motors
- MagForce linear motors
Swinging bell setup guides
Mechanical installation guides
- Chime Master clock interface