The outlet height of a vibratory bowl feeder is between 100 mm to 500 mm, depending upon the model and the bowl used for the same. As a vibratory bowl feeder feeds to some machine or assembly operation, the required height, in the majority of the cases is more than this. Hence, there is a requirement of mounting the vibratory bowl feeder on a stand in order to match it with the machine or assembly table height. These stands can be cubical, single post, special, made of aluminum extruded sections etc. It always makes sense to purchase such stands from the bowl feeder manufacturer so that further work at the customer’s end is eliminated. In most of these stands, it is always beneficial to have a small extent of height adjustment. This ensures that minor adjustments at the time of integration are easy. In case the height adjustment required is just upto (+/-) 50 mm, this can be done by having this in the leveling screws below the stand. However, in most cases, the adjustment required is upto (+/-) 100 mm or even upto (+/-) 200 mm. This might be because the machine height is not finalized or if the bowl feeder is made to work for a variety of parts, with each part having a separate height requirement. In such a case, this adjustment can be provided with a height adjustment screw of appropriate length. Further in such a case, it is important that there is a provision to ensure that the screw does not rotate in 360 degrees, and proper provision is made for locking it. Elscint provides a keyway in the screw to ensure that it does not rotate and a proper locking arrangement is provided to ensure easy up and down movement as well as locking. The stands can be designed to not only mount the vibratory bowl feeder but also other things like hoppers, linear vibrators, gravity chutes etc. Further, if space is a constraint, one can opt for a single post stand which is a pillar type one as it helps conserve space. If not, then a cubical stand is most appropriate as it also provides some amount of storage space below the stand, where the tools and tooling of the vibratory bowl feeder can be stored.
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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.