WHY CHOOSE FLEXIBOWL®?

FlexiBowl® allows the orientation and separation of components, by the combined movements of a servomotor and an impulse generator.

The FlexiBowl® system is highly versatile and able to feed objects of any:

  • Geometry
  • Surface
  • Material

This is possible thanks to the vast choice of rotary discs, available in multiple colours, textures, resistances and degrees of surface adhesion.

The working principle is very simple and straightforward: the bulk feeder releases and lets the parts fall onto the FlexiBowl® surface and they are effectively separated by the combination of bidirectional rotation and the impulse generator. Once the parts are singulated, the camera recognizes them and sends the coordinates to the robot for the pick-up.

The set of instructions allows changing the speed parameters, the acceleration and the impulse frequency according to the parts’ geometry, to achieve an optimal result.

Here below there are some advantages of FlexiBowl®:

  • High Performance (over 80 ppm)
  • 7 Kg Max Payload
  • Reliable and Lean Design
  • Low Maintenance
  • Intuitive Programming
  • Works in Extreme Environments
  • Ready to Ship
  • Suitable for Tangly and Sticky Parts

 

All the electronics and the optional backlight system are integrated. FlexiBowl® is paired with a vibrating bulk feeder and an optional, motorized hopper - both part of the system - so to achieve the necessary operating autonomy.

The communication with the robot controller and vision system is achieved by sending simple commands through the available communications ports: Ethernet (TCP/IP, UDP/IP), Ethernet/IP, digital I/O.

Traditional Operating Mode

Concept Flexibowl (Disco Verde) Semplificato 2

 

The flex feeder routine includes 3 different activities:

Dropping refers to the action of the bulk feeder
Separating refers to the action of the flexible feeder
Picking refers to the action of the robot

In the FlexiBowl, the disc is split into three functional sectors:

• Dropping;
• Separating;
• Picking.

By splitting and confining every single phase of the process in a dedicated sector, dropping, separating and picking take place at the same time.
This process usually lasts 0.5 seconds, which is a benchmark in the flexible feeding market.

FlexiTrack

Concept Flexibowl 2021 doppia telecamera_test

 

FlexiTrack enables the circular conveyor tracking of the FlexiBowl. In the FlexiTrack vision system operates in a separate sector located right before the robot picking area. The robot and vision processing are simultaneous so the time waste in processing data is reduced. In this system a second camera is positioned before the bulk feeder to balance the parts dropping.

There are several advantages:

• A steady flow of parts reduces massively the time spent on parts handling;
• Vision system processing time has a very low impact on the feed rate;
• The parts stabilization time is eliminated;
Multiple lighting solutions can be applied without limiting the robot movement;
• The same productivity as in traditional mode can be obtained with a FlexiBowl size down;
• One FlexiTrack replaces two Traditional Mode feeders saving costs and layout;
• The instant cycle time of the pick&place is quite steady and it makes FlexiTrack suitable for synchronous applications (e.g dial tables).

Multiple Parts Feeding

Assieme FB500+HOPPER5L+CAMERA Concept

 

Multiple Parts Feeding allows simultaneous feeding of different components.
Up to 6 different types of components can be managed by the same FlexiBowl® reliably. A separate bulk feeder is needed for every single type of component.
Multiple parts feeding allows to minimize layout and production costs. The feature can be equipped to FlexiBowl 500, 650 and 800.

A different type of surface can be applied to each sector, maximising the feeding experience. The surfaces are offered in different:

• Colours
• Textures
• Degrees of adhesion

FDA and antistatic surfaces are also available in our catalogue.
The multiple parts feeding is suitable for applications such as Assembly, Kitting and Tray Loading with many different components.

We are raising up performance limits for Flexible Feeding

FLEXIBOWL® 200

Ideal for 1-10mm components

Slide Flexibowl 200 Backlight Area 90 cm² Backlight Area (Dim.) 180 x 90.5 mm Footprint 254 x 470 mm Pick Height 270 mm Recommended bulk feeder 1.5 l Recommended part size 1< x <10 mm 200 Recommended part weight <20 g Max Payload 1 kg
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FLEXIBOWL® 350

Ideal for 1-20mm components

Slide Flexibowl 350 Backlight Area 166 cm² Backlight Area (Dim.) 111 x 230 mm Footprint 447 mm Pick Height 270 mm Recommended bulk feeder 5/10 l Recommended part size 1< x <20 mm 350 Recommended part weight <40 g Max Payload 3 kg
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FLEXIBOWL® 500

Ideal for 5-50mm components

Slide Flexibowl 500 Backlight Area 513 cm² Backlight Area (Dim.) 334 x 167 mm Footprint 629 mm Pick Height 270 mm Recommended bulk feeder 10/20 l Recommended part size 5< x <50 mm 500 Recommended part weight <100 g Max Payload 7 kg
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FLEXIBOWL® 500 E

Round Edged disc

Ideal for 5-50mm components

Slide Flexibowl 500 Backlight Area 513 cm² Backlight Area (Dim.) 334 x 167 mm Footprint 629 mm Pick Height 270 mm Recommended bulk feeder 10/20 l Recommended part size 5< x <50 mm 500 E Recommended part weight <100 g Max Payload 7 kg
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FLEXIBOWL® 650

Ideal for 20-110mm components

Slide Flexibowl 650 Backlight Area 922 cm² Backlight Area (Dim.) 404 x 250 mm Footprint 788 mm Pick Height 270 mm Recommended bulk feeder 20/40 l Recommended part size 20< x <110 mm 650 Recommended part weight <170 g Max Payload 7 kg
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FLEXIBOWL® 800

Ideal for 60-250 components

Slide Backlight Area 1125 cm² Backlight Area (Dim.) 404 x 325 mm Footprint 941 mm Pick Height 270 mm Recommended bulk feeder 20/40 l Recommended part size 60<x<250mm 800 Recommended part weight <250 g Max Payload 7 kg
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OPTIONS

We can help you choose the best options for your components

Backlight

Available in IR, red or white

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Toplight

Available in IR, red or white

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Air-Blow

Moves the tiniest components away from the edge

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Standard diverter

Redirects the components from the edge

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Brush diverter

Redirects the components from the edge

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Wedge diverter

Components deviation system consisting of a wedge located between the steel surface and the rotary disc

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Quick emptying

For fast product changeovers (FlexiBowl® 500, 650 & 800)

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Custom grooved disc

Design upon request

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Multiple parts feeding

Simultaneous feeding of different components

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Round edged disc

The Rotary Disc is available in various colours, textures, degrees of surface adhesion for FlexiBowl® 200, 350 & 500E

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Rotary disc

The Rotary Disc is available in various colours, textures, degrees of surface adhesion for FlexiBowl® 500, 650 & 800

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