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Types of feeding systems
Oct 30, 2018
  • Bowl feeders: consists of a bowl top with a spiral track inside the bowl. The component parts are delivered from the bottom of the bowl feeder up the track into the top of the feeder as the bowl vibrates. The parts are then positioned in the proper position. These parts are usually then fed on to a vibratory or air track.

  • Centrifugal feeders: also referred as ‘rotary feeders’, have a conical central driven rotor surrounded by a circular bowl wall. The feeder separate component parts utilizing rotary force and the parts revolve with high speed and are pulled to the outside of the bowl.

  • Step feeders: The component parts are collected from the hopper by elevating plates, pre-sorted and fed until they reach the desired transfer height. Key features of step feeder are that it operates quietly and without vibration.

  • Linear feeders: Horizontal conveying of components. Used to handle irregular supplies of parts from upstream equipment, creating a buffer store and smooth flow for further processes. Special application: Multi-track design.

  • Carpet feeders: Enable gentle handling of orientated components from bulk to escapement devices creating product accumulation prior to a machine or handling unit.

  • 3-Axis Vibration feeders: Robotic parts feeders using a vibratory plate to distribute parts evenly on a level surface for pickup by an industrial robot. This type of feeder allows very high performance flexible part feeding, part pre-orientation and optimal surface distribution of bulk parts and components.


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