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30 January, 2011

Improving performance of an old vibratory feeder – Cleaning the bowl

Over a period of time, a lot of dust / oil / foreign matter get accumulated in the bowl. Thus cleaning the bowl periodically will result in improving the performance of the vibratory bowl feeder. This holds true for plastic, rubber as well as metal parts.

–          In case of plastic parts, some amount of flash / dust etc. can get accumulated in the bowl. Unless proper provision has been made in the bowl to ensure that the dust comes out, this will keep on circulating the bowl itself. This will result in reduced friction and affect the performance of the vibratory feeder

–          Same is the case with rubber parts. Additionally, in such cases, if the rubber parts are having powder on them, along with the dust, the powder gets deposited on the track and results in reduced friction, affecting the performance of the bowl feeder.

–          In case of oily parts, the bowl track gets oily, further reducing the friction between the parts and the bowl track, drastically reducing the performance of the bowl feeder.

In all these case, cleaning the bowl with a cleaning agent and making it completely dry helps in improving the performance of the bowl feeder.

Monish Shet

Monish Shete is CEO of Elscint Automation, a 30 year old firm manufacturing vibratory bowl feeders and similar small part handing products. He personally has more than 25 years experience with last 15 years being with Elscint. This blog will help customers and laymen understand the intricacies of vibratory bowl feeders. One can find information about the finer aspects of vibratory bowl feeders which cannot be found anywhere else. Case studies and information about various innovative ways of feeding and orienting of different parts are given in this blog.


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