In a parts feeding system, the use of a supply hopper and bowl feeder are only part of the system. You need another type of equipment that can help to either efficiently move parts to the production line. The best solution for this requirement is an inline track.
Inline Tracks: Understanding the Product
To put it simply, inline tracks are the part of a feeding system that presents the oriented part to the machine for assembly, inspection, testing or many other applications. The movement is created in various ways depending on the type of system used. The track is also where additional orientation of parts can take place.
In parts feeding systems, there are 3 basic types of inline tracks:
- Vibratory Track: Also known as vibratory inline tracks, this track utilizes vibrations to move parts forward onto the production line.
- Belt Conveyor: This is a standard conveyor track that utilizes pulleys and rollers to move the components.
- Air Track: This track consists of small, fine holes through which air is pumped to enable motion. The motion helps move the component forward to the production line.
Application Benefits of Inline Tracks
Depending on the type of track you may choose for your bowl feeder, you will receive a variety of benefits by using inlines.
- Conveyor tracks act as a buffer between the bowl feeder and the processing machinery. This means that the vibratory bowl feeder can be turned on or off on demand, which will lead to reduced manufacturing costs.
- The tracks can be loaded with parts of various shapes and sizes.
- They eliminate the need for human labor in this initial phase of the production line.
- The track system is custom designed to meet individual application needs.
Conveyor tracks can help to support the quick and efficient transport of components in a production line, enabling for faster product assembly and higher turnaround times.