Most barrel and plunger feed systems are relatively simple to tool as the products typically have features that allow the product to hang in gauge rollers quickly and easily. The one caveat to using this type of system is that, even though the tooling is simple, the units are required to be tilted at an angle of 10 or more degrees, to allow the product to move forward at a rapid pace. Limitations in the ceiling height required a creative solution that reduced the overall height without affecting performance.
The Performance Feeders Flex-Feeding platform is a revolutionary system that integrates robotics with our standard feeding solutions to increase output and improve accuracy as products are fed into your production system. These systems are easily re-tooled to match your next generation of product, bringing a new level of flexibility to your assembly line and lowering the upfront costs of redesigning an older product line or introducing a new one.
Our customer presented us a bottle with a geometric shape that presented several challenges during the feeding process. The tacky plastic material slowed the feed rate substantially and created high friction, which lowered the loading ratio. We designed acentrifugal solution that provided a 100% load ratio, resulting in higher feed rates at lower RPMs and allowing for a smaller system footprint which saved manufacturing floor space.
This vibratory feeder was designed to feed a plastic medical component into a machine assembling a medical testing product. While these parts were easy to pre-orient, the final orientation could not be obtained reliably mechanically so a vision system was used to verify proper orientation and reject product that did not meet the orientation criteria.
This vibratory feed system includes a laser inspection station, a bowl level sensor, a track sensor, and a sorting indexer. Parts with an incorrect length are rejected while the correct parts are oriented threads-up in groups of 4.
Featuring a vertical elevating prefeeder and high speed gravity roller tracks, this centrifugal feed system was developed to feed and orient medical product in excess of 800 ppm and built to run 24/7 in a continuous production environment, while using the smallest footprint possible and preserving the integrity of the parts being fed.
This custom feed system featured a vibratory bowl, designed to orient various sizes of bearing cages while also sorting and rejecting mixed product, and a count and batch conveyor which counted a pre-set number of selected product into the customer’s bulk packaging. The system required a vibratory feeder bowl with tooling designed for multiple products, a custom conveyor tooled to count product at its exit, a roller conveyor to stage the customer’s packaging, and programmable counting electronics to allow the customer to pre-set a package quantity which varied from product to product.
We were approached by a medical device manufacturer who needed a solution for moving empty packages from a warehouse into a cleanroom for packaging with product, then moving the full packages back into the warehouse for storage and shipment. They required continual movement of product between the warehouse and the cleanroom while maintaining the integrity of the cleanroom environment.
This Brushlon-lined vibratory bowl feeding system was designed to feed two lengths of a polished steel shaft being assembled into a consumer product. Maintaining the cosmetic integrity of the parts was of utmost importance, so we designed a vibratory feed system that minimized the possibility of damage to the parts.
This vibratory feeder with custom conveyor belt tracking was designed to feed 2 styles of plastic parts into a consumer appliance assembly operation. The application required 4 lines of parts (2 lines of a left-hand version and 2 lines of a right-hand version), with each line alternating between the left-hand and right-hand part version. Each bowl feeder had to allow for the possibility of the wrong part being in the system, and an isolation mechanism was required so that 2 parts could be picked up from each line simultaneously.