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“joggling board” was presented on the episode I listened to today (KERA 90.1, Dallas TX) as being highly regional and specific to South Carolina.
With apologies to our erudite on-air hosts, I am familiar with this as a term from both office and manufacturing arenas in Oklahoma and north central Texas.
The relative piece of equipment is known by a range of names: jostle(r), joggler, jogger, and jiggler. In this context, a joggling board is loaded up with items to be aligned for packaging, shipping / mailing, or further processing — and then loaded onto the joggler / jiggler, which vibrates the loaded collection until the contents are jostled into place. Directly observed in this usage with paper products, assembled mailings, and other small manufactured items. Once aligned, the board and contents are removed to the next workstation for the next step in the process. In this incarnation, the board generally has two adjoining sides against which the materials are gently joggled / slid / “thumped” into place — and may or may not have the other two sides also attached. (Therefore, as an open-topped box, sometimes referred to as a “joggling box”.)
In a simpler / lower-volume version, the machine has the board (or bed) permanently attached, with adjustable guides sometimes attached to aid the process by limiting the available range of motion and the material removed by hand once aligned. A related process station exists in continuous-process assembly lines, where the joggling board is replaceable when worn or as needs for the station change.
A light-weight top plate / guide is often laid above the box content to keep items from bouncing out – sometimes in the form of spingy metal or plastic “fingers” / strips. Sometimes the working reference is guide plate or guide frame even when the item is another possible candidate for the name “joggling board”, a flat plank or other item with handle(s) on top to be — gently — held on top of the contents of the joggling area …
Très intéressant. Merci beaucoup.
Mais, are there things contrary? You are only pointing out a whole class of machinery that also fits that name.
Outside of the manufacturing/packaging world, the name is very (very very) strongly associated with that contraption of amusement: a long bench to sit on that sways on 2 ‘rocking horses’ at each end. And itself very very strongly associated with South Carolina’s yards and porches.
Extension / self-correction: the flat boxes I describe in the original post were often described as jogging or joggling trays, and not as often as boxes (some with lids attached by a hinge of some type, or with latches, far more often got called boxes). My bad.
RobertB: I also wonder if the South Carolina version of a joggling board originated as a piece of horse (and rider?) training equipment. As I haven’t seen an example myself, I may have this wrong BUT the board sounds a lot like a contraption attached to the back of a wagon, sulkiy, or cart, to which the leads of several young horses are attached. The intent is multi-fold, exercising the colts and filllys while training them to the lead – and held at enough separation they can’t kick or bite one another. This also can serve as an early part of training in harness, starting the process of building pairs into teams, etc. Over time, some weeks or months, the leads can be moved more closely together as training progresses.
The points of attachment for the lead-lines are often artistically decorated — if made into horse shapes I can SPECULATE / postulate some possible connections, especially as training horses trailed off and the boards were left unused otherwise …