Technology Modules: Parts Feeding
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In the design and manufacture of special purpose assembly and test automation equipment a large number of technology modules are commonly used to provide the complete turnkey solution. Find out more about these modules:
- Introduction and Overview
- Lasers Robots Vision Systems Leak Test Instruments
- Special Connectors Parts Feeding Conveyor Systems Control Systems
Part feeding is the commonly used term that describes the transfer of parts from bulk to allow operations to be carried out on individual components. The majority of fully automatic special purpose machines include some form of part feeding. Common methods of parts feeding are bowl feeding or magazine feeding.
Magazines and linear fedders usually require the parts to be orientated before being loaded. Typically these devices are used where throughput is less than 1 every 4 seconds. Another criteria for using these types of part feeding solutions is if the part is fragile and cannot be handled using a bowl feeder.
Vibrating bowl feeders are sometimes used as capacity devices, however, there is an optimal quantity for smooth operation. Too many or not enough parts reduces the delivery capability. If larger capacity quantities are required one should consider a bulk hopper connected to the vibratory bowl feeder that will automatically top up the bowl as necessary.
Vibrating bowl or linear feeders can be noisy if the parts "ring", this specifically relates to metal parts. One may need to use an acoustic cover or hood to attenuate the emitted noise to safe levels.
TQC have knowledge of integrating many different forms of part feeding equipment and TQC works closely with leading manufacturers who specialise in part feeding equipment to ensure high performance and reliable solutions are provided.
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