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14 April, 2012

Innovative Usage of Vibratory Bowl Feeders – Vibratory Bowl Feeder for Spoons

Feeding of spoons is a very tricky affair as most of the times they do not have a particular geometry whereby one can hold them. They can slip out due their inherent design. Hence, feeding of spoons is always difficult in a vibratory bowl feeder. However, it is possible to manufacture bowl feeders for feeding and orienting spoons at high speed. This requires proper knowledge and skill on the part of the bowl tooler. In fact, in a correctly designed bowl feeder, it is possible that with slight adjustment, various sizes of Spoons can be fed through the same. As most of the times the spoons are used for medical or food requirements, either a stainless steel bowl or else a cast aluminium bowl with proper FDA compliant coating has to be used. In case of Spoon Feeding, not only is the Orientation very critical but the Speed or Feed Rate required to be achieved is also very high. Additionally, singling or escapement can be provided which in turn helps in releasing one Spoon at a time. Speeds / feed rates of approximately 80 to 100 Spoons per minute can be achieved depending upon the size of the Spoon. This type of Vibratory Bowl Feeder has tremendous requirement for all Pharmaceutical Machine Manufacturers as well as user industries for automating their various processes.

Monish Shete

Monish Shete is CEO of Elscint Automation, a 30 year old firm manufacturing vibratory bowl feeders and similar small part handing products. He personally has more than 25 years experience with last 15 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.

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