Elscint recently provided auto loading feeding systems to a reputed centerless grinding machine manufacturer for feeding of long length shafts for centreless grinding machines. The length of the shafts was between 95 mm to 120 mm but one side of the shaft was having a small chamfer which required orientation. As this orientation was not possible in a vibratory bowl feeder, Elscint recommended an Auto Loading Feeding System. The diameter of the shaft was between 8 mm to 12 mm. The equipment consisted of a pneumatic lifter unit and a belt conveyor for further feeding of the shafts to the grinding machine. The shafts had to be aligned and kept on an inclined table, from where a pneumatic cylinder singled them out and fed the shafts to a belt conveyor which further fed them to the centreless grinding machine. Proper synchronizing sensors ensured that the equipment worked without any manual intervention. Options provided included an X-Y adjustment of (+/-) 50 mm on either side, which is especially useful for wheel dressing. Height adjustment of (+/-) 50 mm too was provided to ensure that the feeding system was compatible for shafts of various diameters. The conveyor speed was kept variable by providing a VFD drive. Elscint supplied two similar systems to the Grinding Machine Manufacturer and even commissioned the systems by integrating the same with their machine at the works of the manufacturer proving the same in front of the end customer. You can watch the video of the Auto-Loading System for longer length shafts for Centreless Grinding Machines.