Feeder Bowls

Vibratory Feeder Bowl
Vibratory feeder bowls are used on industrial production facilities to feed individual components into the production line. Centrifugal feeders use electromagnetic vibrations that convert into mechanical vibrations that gently shake the parts to separate them. As the bowl feeder vibrates, tooling components inside the bowl help orient the parts in a specific direction. Once the parts are properly aligned, they are fed down a track and to conveyor chute that leads to the production line.

Centrifugal feeders are commonly used for pick-and-place and automatic handling systems and are a versatile piece of equipment used by a range of industries.  Vibratory feeder bowls provide automated solutions for numerous applications including electronic, automotive, food production, consumable goods, packaging, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, recycling, construction and many others. Vibratory feeder bowls provide smooth and consistent movement of bulk parts and help save time and labor costs by quickly sorting and moving parts at a faster rate than what could be accomplished manually.

Vibratory feeder bowls can have a simple or complex configuration, depending on what your application requires. A simple configuration, for example, can sort and feed screws in a horizonal position where a more complex feeder bowl configuration will orient the screws so that each one is dispensed on its head and in a vertical position. Any increase in the rate at which the product is dispensed, as well as the part size, will also have an impact on the system and configuration.

How To Choose A Feeder Bowl

It is important to consider all factors to ensure the centrifugal feeder you choose is appropriate and will provide the consistency and efficiency you need.  The requirements for your bowl feeder depend on the configuration of your production line and other factors including:
  • The rate, or parts per minute (PPM), at which parts need to be dispensed
  • Size of the area where the machine will be installed to determine appropriate base and feeder bowl
  • Desired orientation of the parts as they fall, which determined they type of guides required in the bowl feeder
  • Size and quantity of parts being sorted, which determines your required bowl capacity and bowl diameter
  • Type of controller required and appropriate voltage rate to ensure compatibility with the centrifugal feeder voltage rate

Vibratory Feeder Bowls for Production Line Automation

Universal Power Conversion, Inc. (UPC) is the Manufacturer Representative for Feeding Concepts in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.  In 2017 UPC added to their line of feeding technology and added AFAG Automation AG.  Feeding Concepts (FCI) and AFAG are established leaders in the parts feeder handling and vibratory feeder orienting industry.

We offer a range of complete vibratory feeding solutions including new and used vibratory feeders and automation components, as well as secondary services including complete vibratory feeder refurbishing and retooling. Our bowl feeders options include a Polycast® vibratory feeder that is designed for flexibility and allows the operator to quickly adjust the feeder to accommodate different fastener types. We also provide QC® drive units, stainless steel vibratory feeders and total turnkey centrifugal feeder systems for your line tooling requirements.

Our diverse offering of centrifugal feeder bowl and systems means you can find everything you need in one place including multiple line tooling and adjustable tooling options for your production line.

Learn More About Our Feeder Bowls and Feeding Systems

Contact Universal Power Conversion to learn more about our vibratory feeder bowls and other automated sorting solutions to help increase production line productivity or view our product brochures below.
 

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AFAG Product Overview Catalog

Some of the industries we have served:

Ammunition Electronic Foundry
Automotive/Transportation  Food Processing Steel
Medical Fast Moving Consumable
Goods (FMCG)
Construction
Fasteners Packaging Recycling
Industrial Metalworking Pulp and paper
Pharmaceutical Glass Plastics