How to Tool a Vibratory Feeder Bowl
Some parts are inherently difficult to feed. Lead wires on electronic components, for instance, tend to tangle. Unfired ceramics and unsintered pressed metal parts are very fragile and may be damaged. Parts coated with heavy oils tend to adhere to conventional bowl tracks and must be supported on thin rails.
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Fortunately, many parts can be classified into one of eight categories according to their configuration and dimensions. Consult the following links for illustrations which show typical vibratory bowl tooling techniques.
The tooled feeder bowl to the right is in many ways unique, yet the design of the tooling follows a basic plan: size the bowl for the part, use the part's natural orienting characteristics, reduce parts to a single line of feed, design obstructions to yield only oriented parts, and maintain orientation as the parts leave the bowl.
Design for Automation
Part Size & Weight
How to Analyze a Part
Orienting Part Shapes
Feeder Tooling Resources