Feeding of small size rivets at a high speed is a difficult, especially if you require 2 rows of output. However, Elscint has developed a vibratory bowl feeder for feeding of rivets in two rows. It was a rivet having diameter 4 mm x 3 mm tail length. The rivets were required in head down direction in two rows, side by side. Further a very high speed of 220 parts per minute per row was required. In the bowl feeder manufactured by Elscint, the customer could get a speed of 250 parts per minute per row. It was a small bowl having diameter of only 200 mm. Further a very small linear track, having length 100 mm was provided ahead of the bowl feeder. The bowl was completely machined out of stainless steel and the whole assembly was given on a base plate. The bowl feeder was replacement for an old feeder which was not working at the customer’s place in Europe. Hence, maintaining the critical dimensions at all places are very important. Elscint not only maintained the same but also ensured that the bowl feeder was made much superior to the earlier one. Elscint provided a single sensor on the linear track (on the track which was slower, thereby stopping the bowl feeder when the slower chute got full). You can also see the video of the bowl feeder.
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Monish Shete is CEO of Elscint India Pvt Ltd (formerly Elscint Automation), a 40 year old company manufacturing vibratory bowl feeders, Rotary / Centrifugal Feeding Systems and similar small part handing products. He personally has more than 25 years experience with last 20 years being with Elscint. This blog will help customers and laymen understand the intricacies of vibratory bowl feeders. One can find information about the finer aspects of vibratory bowl feeders which cannot be found anywhere else. Case studies and information about various innovative ways of feeding and orienting of different parts are given in this blog. Do subscribe to get this thrice a month.