Our Chief Design Engineer Mike Semken, after a lot of experimentation and with external help to achieve a working design from Professor Pat Wheeler, Head of Power Electronic Systems at Nottingham University, has now perfected the automated swinging of large bells using a Curved Linear Motor with a Motion Controller Unit. Working experimentally with a two ton bell hung on an arched headstock designed for slow swinging, the bell is now swung automatically using a normal 240 volt electrical supply. This technology, once perfected, can be used on bells weighing as little as 5 cwts. or as much as 20 tons.
Taylor’s had already had enquiries from a number of places housing large bells who are interested in installing such equipment to allow their bells to be sounded automatically and this provided the motivation to develop the system.
Photo: Mike Semken with the 2 ton slow swinging bell.