Our client is a leading manufacturer of part feeding solutions
Their clients include anyone interested in the automated feeding of parts to serve their manufacturing process.
This particular machine was for a customer in the automotive field.
Our client required an automated feeder to orient and transport parts to their automated manufacturing process. One requirement was a rapid parts delivery system. Another requirement was the ability to reject parts that were bad and/or not oriented properly.
The design employed a hopper to allow the customer to rapidly load their parts. An inclined conveyor transported the parts to either one of the two bowl feeders. Two feeders were required to make the cycle time requirement. After the bowl feeders oriented the parts properly, two inline conveyors moved the parts from the bowl feeders to the start of the customer's process. Sensors monitored the capacity of the conveyors to control the output speed of the bowl feeders while a vision system ensured the parts were good and oriented properly. Parts that did not meet either of those requirements were rejected to a chute located on top of a tote.