Parts feeding is an important aspect of a manufacturing system. This is an extremely intricate and precise process that needs to be performed perfectly. Not only do certain parts need to be fed in a particular manner. To accomplish this, you need a system that will allow for the effective feeding of parts to the manufacturing line. The answer to this requirement is vibratory feeders.
What are Vibratory Feeders?
Vibratory feeder bowl systems are among the oldest and most popular systems that are used to sort and effectively load parts on to a manufacturing line. Generally, an electromagnetic drive is utilized to feed parts through the feeder. The parts move along a spiral track in or around the vibratory feeder bowl, depending on the feeder system’s design. The drive also helps ensure that the parts are fed onto an inline feeder, either a vibratory, conveyor or other style.
Benefits of Vibratory Feeders
The vibratory feeder bowl design is such that manufacturing organizations can receive a multitude of benefits.
- User-friendly system in terms of installation and operation.
- Parts of different types, shapes, and sizes can be fed in the feeder.
- Few mechanical fixtures are required for operation.
- The feeder can handle parts with complex geometries.
- Pre-application testing ensures that the system is efficient.
- It allows for different feed rates, which remains constant over long time periods.
- Changes to the system design and configuration are possible.
How does it Work?
An understanding of the operation of a vibratory feeder bowl system can help you provide more clarity when choosing a system for your manufacturing setup.
- The vibratory bowl feeder is operated using an external power source.
- The vibratory feeder bowl design consists of a base supported by 3 or 4 leaf springs. A magnetic coil is installed beneath the bowl. The leaf springs restrict the bowl’s movement so that the parts will only move in a certain direction.
- The external power source is used to magnetize the coil beneath the bowl, which creates electromagnetic vibrations.
- Electromagnetic vibrations enable the parts to move along the bowl’s tracks.
A basic understanding of vibratory feeder bowl systems can be of immense help when choosing the correct system for your application.