Inline Feeder and Vibratory Track Design Considerations

 Track Design Considerations

The total weight of the track and mounting devices, such as screws and brackets, determines which Inline Feeder should be used. The total weight is referred to as the load rating. Refer to the maximum load ratings in the product charts.

The length and width of the track become important factors when half or more than half of the track will hang over the Inline Feeder's top plate. A rigid track design will ensure that the unsupported track section vibrates with the supported section.

Multiple Inline Feeders accommodate track lengths that exceed the limits set in the product chart. Several Inlines can be placed in series for longer tracks or in tandem for wider tracks. Also, consider the use of Inline Vibratory Track Support Assemblies.

Consult our engineers about unique track designs and feeding complex parts.

Special Tracks

ADI encourages customers to submit their tracks for a no-charge test. To avoid delays, always submit unusual tracks to ensure proper Inline Feeder tuning.

To have ADI build a special track, send sample parts, the required part feed rate, and a sketch showing a side view of the part as it leaves the discharge end of the track. Automation Devices will evaluate the application and quote a price and delivery time. Use this form to submit the available specifications.

Mounting the Feeder

The Model 5100 and the Model 5300 Series of Inline Feeders have base castings which are tapped with 1/4-20 threads for bottom mounting. These same holes serve as clearance holes for #10-32 screws when top mounting is used. The Model 5200 Series are top mounted to a stand or base plate using four #8-32 screws.

Tracks are mounted on the Inline's top casting using multiple holes (see the dimensional drawing). The track's center of gravity should be attached as close as possible to the midpoint of the Inline Feeder's top plate; however, tracks can be offset from the center of the top plate. A minimum of two screws are required to properly secure a track to the top plate.

Single Screw Tuning

The Model 5100A and the Model 5300A Series of Adjustable Inline Feeders can be field-adjusted to accommodate lighter or heavier track weights by turning a single socket head screw. This Single Screw Tuning (SST) can compensate for a wide range of track weights. It is now possible for a Model 5100A to be tuned with a track weight as light as 4 ounces or as heavy as 48 ounces by sliding and tightening a single screw located on the outer spring bank of the feeder. Refer to the dimensioned drawing on this page to locate the screw for each series of Inline Feeders.

Note: ADI must know the load rating to ensure a range of adjustment within the range of track weights to be used by the customer. Customers can also request for a unit to be tuned for a single track weight.

Choosing a Controller

Most Inline Feeder applications call for part movement at rates less than the maximum available from the unit. An amplitude controller is used to reduce the feeder's amplitude of vibration and thus the part movement rate. Refer to the inline linear feeder product chart for controller recommendations.

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