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29 September, 2012

Innovative Usage of Vibratory Bowl Feeders – Feeding carbide buttons to centreless grinding machine

Carbide buttons have a very critical orientation wherein one side is round and one side is flat. Orientation has to be done with respect to this as otherwise the carbide buttons have a tendency to stand up when fed to a centreless grinding machine. Elscint has designed a system which can feed  carbide buttons of various sizes, right from 4 mm in diameter to 30 mm in diameter as well as length from 4 mm to 50 mm. Diameter more than length as well as length more than or equal to diameter can be accommodated in the same system. Another advantage of this feeding system is that the components are fed at a continuous pressure. This leads to better and consistent quality of ground components. Another advantage is that it becomes a totally manless operation which results in one person looking after three to four machines. The output too increases tremendously as due to automatic feeding, the feeding to the centreless grinding machine can go on even during lunchtime and breaks. The system consists of a vibratory bowl feeder and a linear vibrator ahead of that. A table is also provided to mount both these units. Optional accessories include equipment for extra loading capacity hopper, elevator as well as a X-Y table for X and Y adjustment. The X-Y Table is of tremendous utility for fine adjustment, especially when there are a variety of components which require to be fed in the same feeding system as well as during dressing of the Grinding Machine wheel

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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