Advantages of Flexible Part Feeding Systems
Advantages of Flexible parts Feeding Systems
Manufacturing of an efficient bowl feeder requires skilled people and it is mostly a handcrafted job. Nowadays most companies complain about lack of good craftsmen able to manufacture good products. Bowl feeders are normally built to sort one specific parts; if any change in dimensions occurs in a later stage, the system cannot be used any more.
The efficiency of bowl feeders is often related to part tolerances: burrs or an any minimal variation on geometry, can affect the overall system performances. Flexible parts feeding systems, indeed, work successfully even with production changes: product changes or rapid changeover between products and rapid introduction of new assemblies can be made in few seconds without any problem.
Usually big companies let their managers or technicians choose solutions for their production needs, but it often implies short term benefits and no farseeing decisions: decision makers usually prefer a cheaper and dedicated solution, not thinking that a more flexible one can be amortized over more products.
FlexiBowl® today represent the best alternative among traditional feeding systems because is highly versatile and suitable to feed a wide variety of parts, regardless of:
- Geometry (cylindrical, complex 3D shape)
- Surface (smooth, sticky, tangled, etc.)
- Material (delicate, fragile, rubber and silicone)
- Weight and Dimensions (metal moulded and sheared parts)
Several comparison studies have proven FlexiBowl® to be suitable to feed parts in a more uniform, continuous and efficient way. parts can be fed in continuous movement, i.e. circular tracking. FlexiBowl® works efficiently and without failures even with parts showing burrs or size variations.