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Feeding Parts Effectively and Efficiently

Posted on April 8th, 2015 at 2:44 PM

Automation Devices, Inc. (ADI), a vibratory feeder and part system components manufacturer recognizes that vibratory feeding projects applications may not always go according to plan. Once feeders leave the ADI plant, it is important for customers to operate their feeding equipment as instructed to ensure optimal performance. By following a few simple tips, users can eliminate issues with their parts feeding systems.

1. Stick with the determined feed rate

With a lot of contributing hands on a project, it’s easy for the designated feed rate to get skewed along the way. While the part may be able to be fed at a higher rate, it is important to stay near the predetermined rate so the feeder can operate as intended. Compounding a “safety buffer” from the true feed rate requirement can result in unnecessary effort equating to unnecessary cost and possibly overkill in equipment.

2. Operate your feeding system with the shell on the drive unit

Always remember to keep the shell on the base unit when your feeder is in operation. Although the shell “cover” doesn’t seem like a significant component of the feeding system, it adds enough ballast and inertia to the vibrating base to noticeably de-tune the system when run without it. Often times, a feeding system will run faster when the shell is in place and secure.

3. Modify parts for straightforward orienting

Sometimes it is possible to design or mold the part being fed with a differentiating tab that can make part orientation easier without affecting the functionality of the part.

Automation Devices, Inc. is a vibratory feeder manufacturer in Fairview, PA specializing in vibratory feeders, centrifugal feeders, hoppers and vibratory controllers and also services all brands of feeding equipment. ADI offers in stock products and custom designed vibratory feeding systems. For questions about vibratory feeding projects, please contact ADI at or call Automation Devices, Inc. at 814-474-5561.