Bell Ringing Equipment
Many churches and parishes have bells they are unable to ring. Cast bronze bells represented a tremendous investment when they were originally installed, and are a real treasure today. Our automation products will breathe new life into your bell tower.
Our automatic bell ringing equipment is based on our flexible and easy to use Millennium Carillon platform. All automation products are compatible with the enhanced features that our Windows based Management Suite provides. Any number of bells can be suitably actuated by electromechanical hammers, clappers, pneumatic clavier action or swinging bell motors.
The Millennium Carillon features the optional capability of automating tower bells along with any electronic tower bell ringing or interior organ chiming you want.
Bell control systems for cast bell chimes or carillons feature music libraries for all seasons. More than one hundred musical selections are available for eight bells, to more than 600 selections for two or more octaves of bells. These controllers are available in either a rack mount or compact wall mount enclosure (9" x 9" x 2").
User programmable swinging bell simulation for stationary bells has an adjustable tempo and back swing timing for each bell. Other ringing features include prayer and angelus bells, Mass bells, festive pealing bells, funeral tolls and flexible clock striking.
- Security keypad passcode
- Accurate battery backed clock with available synchronization
- Auto daylight saving time adjustments (all global time zones)
- Funeral toll countdown (1 to 199)
- Customizable simulated swinging on stationary bells
- Swinging motor outputs with tolling hammer lockout
- Clock striking with or without chimes appropriate to your bells
- Complete power failure reset without user intervention
- USB connectivity for remote management software apps
Affordable Manual Controllers
To manually activate a call to mass or funeral toll on a single bell we have five-button control panels to meet these modest requirements. Each button lights to indicate which function is active.
- One Minute Swing
- Five Minute Swing
- Instant single toll
- Five Minute Toll
- Stop button cancels ringing
- Swinging cadence customized for your bell
Standard category-5 wiring links the bell relay switching panel to the controller. Optional connections use optical fiber or RF wireless data transmission. The switching panels are located close to the bells and clocks. The panels contain microprocessor decoding circuits and reliable hardware timers to precisely control pulse width timing to prevent premature failures of clappers and hammers.
We design and build all of our electrical equipment here in the United States with North American electrical codes in mind. Imported equipment designed for other electrical standards may switch only one leg of 240V circuits creating fire and shock hazards.
Our electromagnetic clappers and hammers are made in Holland by Royal Eijsbouts. Swinging bell motors are from domestic manufacturers and mated to Chime Master designed control electronics. IntelliSwing motors have frictionless optical rotation sensors and an angle adjustment to set how high the bells swing.
Our pneumatic system (shown below) can be fitted to existing carillon claviers and chime stands. Using an existing manual action for automation simplifies maintenance and can potentially extend the life of instruments that are infrequently played.
Tubular Tower Chimes
We have developed a complete ringing solution for tubular tower chime instruments. This new system rings the bells with a pneumatic linear ram and sostenuto control system, resulting in a sound consistent with the original electric action. We recently finished installing this new action on a beautiful 30-bell J. C. Deagan harmonically-tuned Tower Chime at the First Christian Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
The new action is controlled by our Millennium bell controller that provides scheduled automatic play, the ability to record thousands of additional musical selections, and comprehensive programming using the Management Suite software package. The bells may be played from either a 5th floor study while listening to the actual bells, or the sanctuary using our proprietary audio system. The bells are electronically reproduced in the sanctuary either alone (for rehearsal or recording) or in tandem with the tower bells. The sostenuto control provided in the tower is also electronically replicated in the sanctuary so the performer hears exactly how the bells will sound from the tower.
First Christian's treasured bells rang again on Christmas Eve, 2010, after more than 20 years of silence. Senior Minister Tim Diebel and Organist Carl Staplin allowed us to video their first impressions. The system plays four hymns at 10 AM, 1PM and 5PM Monday through Saturday in addition to ringing the time on the hour and half hour during the day.