Vibratory bowl feeders are used in various assembly machines. One regular use is for for the assembly of screws with spring washers and plain washers. Elscint Automation (www.elscintautomation.com) manufactures such a machine. This machine consists of three vibratory bowl feeders, one feeding the screws, one the spring washers and the third one the plain washers. There is also a motorized rotary mechanism wherein the three parts (screw, spring washer and the plain washer get assembled. Further a linear vibrator is used to convey the assembled parts forward. This machine can be used for feeding the assembled screw and washers to a threading machine. An assembly speed of upto 200 pieces per minute is possible with this machine, depending upon the screw size. The machine has an additional provision to check and eliminate unassembled components. This ensures that only the correctly assembled components get fed to the threading machine. Sensors are used at four places to ensure smooth working of the assembly machine. This assembly machine works on single phase supply. A big advantage of the machine is its flexibility. Various sizes of screws from M3 to M10 can be fed through a single machine with a slight changeover. The changeover too has been designed in such a way that is very easy and convenient for even a layman to make the changeover fast.
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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.