Feeding of multiple parts in the same bowl feeder is a challenge which most bowl feeder manufacturers are reluctant to take up. The reason is that the time taken for tooling each part, especially if they are from separate families is more and the value which a single bowl feeder generates does not justify the same. However, there are cases, where due to paucity of space the customer insists on a single bowl feeder. This is where Elscint enters the picture. In a recent case, a customer in Bangalore had an USA made bowl feeder which worked for only 6 different parts. As the customer had to feed 15 different parts, the balance types of parts had to be fed manually. This resulted in a huge backlog for the customer and this process became the bottle neck operation. He approached Elscint for help. We suggested that he replace the old bowl feeder and linear vibrator completely with a new Elscint bowl feeder. We manufactured two bowls for this application with the linear track and the vibrator remaining the same. Hence, accordingly, 6 parts were fed in a single bowl and balance 9 parts were fed in a separate bowl. There was zero change over within these two bowls. Only, the top bowl had to be changed (once for 6 parts and once for the 9 parts). The speed achieved too was more than the required speed of 135 parts per minute. The equipment was completed in record time and installed at the customer in his factory.

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