Swinging bell motors

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Traditionally mounted bells intended to swing have a wheel mounted to the headstock with a rope around it that is dropped to a lower level of the building. Pulling the rope a few times gets the bell swinging and ringing. Letting go of the rope allows the bell to come to a rest and become quiet again. Automating these bells is possible with the products on this page if the following requirements are met.

  • The bell must be a sturdy steel wheel (which we can also supply)
  • The headstock axle must be in modern pillow block bearings and free to swing
  • All bell hanging hardware must be in good condition
  • Completed surveys of the bells should be emailed to Chime Master

Swinging bell motor drives

intelli-Swing™ MagForce™ motor

  • Includes the intelli-Swing Precision motor computer
  • Bi-directional drive
  • Touch-less, friction-less and nearly silent running
  • Stationary drive module induces electro-motive eddy current forces into an aluminum reaction plate mounted to the free swinging bell assembly propelling it into motion by the opposing magnetic field
  • Needs no wheel like rotary drives. This fact either frees up an existing wheel for traditional rope pulled ringing or presents an architecturally clean design in an open tower
  • Maintenance free motor never needs bearings or lubrication
  • Standard magnetic proximity sensor feedback for pendulum timing approximates the swinging angle

Options

  • Single phase 230V power instead of three phase 208V
  • Optional precision bell crank shaft rotary encoder for angular settings to a tenth of a degree

intelli-Swing Precision rotary motor

  • Bi-directional drive
  • Motor shaft mounted optical feedback for motor speed and direction detection
  • Heavy-duty nickel-plated (stainless optional) number 40 chain
  • Totally enclosed motor with stainless steel sealed ball bearings
  • Wheel mounting hardware made with all stainless steel
  • Requires a sturdy steel bell wheel (optional accessory)
  • Dual motor systems are available to swing bells from to 8 to 16-tons

Options

  • Single phase 230V power instead of three phase 208V

intelli-Swing Basic rotary motor

  • Single phase motor
  • Uni-directional drive (like a rope)
  • Integrated control computer mounted to the motor body
  • Motor shaft mounted optical feedback for motor speed and direction detection
  • Heavy-duty nickel-plated (stainless optional) number 40 chain
  • Totally enclosed motor with stainless steel sealed ball bearings
  • Wheel mounting hardware made with all stainless steel
  • Requires a sturdy steel bell wheel (optional accessory)

Swinging bell motor controls

The pendulous motion of a swinging church bell requires carefully controlled and timed electrical pulses to be applied to the motor to properly start and maintain the desired swinging angle. All Chime Master intelli-Swing motors are furnished with one of the following computerized motor control systems.

intelli-Swing Precision motor computer