The 10 Common Causes Affecting the Performance of Vibratory Feeder Bowls – Part 1

What if your vibratory feeder bowl system is down with some performance problems? Certainly, it will affect your plant’s overall operations, leading to costly downtimes. Spotting the problem at the earliest and performing corrective actions instantly is important to run the production line without any interruption.

Observe your vibratory feeder bowls every time when they are in operation. If you do this regularly, you would be able to detect any incongruities in their operation as and when they occur. Never put the machine in operation in case you find something strange. Stop the machine immediately and check for the following causes of the failure.


The 10 Most Common Causes Affecting your Vibratory Feeder Performance

Check for the following when your feeder bowl system experiences some performance issues.

  • Misapplications – Vibratory feeders are available in several models. Each model is designed for specific product feeding applications. Mistakenly, you may select a feeder with a small bowl to feed coarse materials. At times you may choose a model that is unsuitable for extreme temperatures. Such feeder misapplications will result in several performance issues. In such cases, you can think of modifying the existing design to suit the requirements of your applications. You can choose another feeder right for your applications.


  • Improperly Assembled Feeder Base or Tray – Improper assembly of feeder base or tray will affect the unit’s vibration displacement. Disassemble the unit and then assemble the unit again as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Attempt base or tray alterations in-house by consulting the manufacturer.


  • Loose Fasteners – Too much vibration displacement is the direct outcome of loose fasteners or lock washers. This will directly affect the functioning of vibratory feeder bowls. To avoid this, you need to keep an eye pertaining to the tightness of the hardware attached to the feeder unit on a regular basis. Make sure that the springs and lock washers are tightened and in place according to the manufacturer’s specs.


  • Malfunctioned Electrical Coil or Motor in Drive Unit – This is a rare problem that affects the performance of vibratory feeders. Replacing the failed electrical coil and drive unit is the only solution you are left with in this situation. You can order original replacement parts from the feeder manufacturer. Once these crucial units are successfully replaced, you must stringently follow the maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturer.


These are the first four common reasons that put your feeder bowl system in trouble. The next 6 common causes of failure will be discussed in the following blog post.

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