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5 August, 2015

Innovative Usage of Vibratory Feeders – Feeding system for feeding washers to centreless grinding machine

Elscint recently supplied three feeding systems for feeding of flat washers from dia 25 mm to dia 70 mm and having thickness of 1.5 mm to 6 mm for feeding to centerless grinding machines. Due to the wide variation between the washer sizes, the customer required an “X” adjustment of 100 mm. Hence, Elscint provided its standard 100 mm “X” Adjustment along with a “Z” or height adjustment of (+/-) 125 mm. Another requirement was that the washers should be pushed into the grinding machine and the space available for the feeder was almost 800 mm away from the machine work rest. Therefore, Elscint supplied a 800 mm long belt conveyor with a variable frequency drive to ensure that the washers are carried forward and further pushed into the work rest as per the client requirement. The complete system consisted of a control panel with 3 phase input supply and a sensor on the conveyor which ensured that the vibratory bowl feeder switched on / off once the conveyor belt was full of washers. One system was supplied intially and the customer used it for more than 3 months. After he was completely satisfied with the performance of the same, the balance two were supplied. This feeding equipment resulted in an increased productivity of almost 25% for the customer.

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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