FlexiBowl®: How it works
FlexiBowl® includes a rotating disk that is directly actuated by a servomotor, and an impulse generator underneath the surface. The servomotor can move the disk in both directions. An intelligent drive unit and optional backlight are directly installed inside the system. Additionally, a hopper or elevating tray can be added to the system, to provide the required automatic working autonomy.
The working principle is very simple and straightforward: parts dispensed by the hopper fall on the surface and are separated through the combined actuation of servomotor and impulse generator. These shaking movements also allow parts to arrange and lie on feeder surface with the right orientation, so that the vision system can locate them and send coordinates to the robot for pick up.
The set of instructions allows to change acceleration and deceleration parameters, impulse frequency according to part geometry, to achieve an optimal result.
The communication with robot controller and vision system is done by sending simple commands through the available communications ports: ethernet, ethercat, digital i/o signals.