Industrial step feeders.
This newly designed line of step feeders for industry includes an
industrial step feeder and a tabletop step feeder. These step feeders
are said to include improvements made to the original design, which has
over 15 years of factory floor experience. The industrial and tabletop
step feeders orient cylindrical or spherical parts and automatically
feed them from the hopper to the next step in the process. This frees up
the operator to do other operations that do not easily lend themselves
to automation, resulting in increased productivity, according to the
company. The design for both step feeders is said to be very simple,
with few moving parts, which is said to ensure minimal downtime. Step
feeders are said to have an advantage over other types of dedicated
feeders because they can feed a range of part sizes. This is said to
make the company's feeders more universal and easier to redeploy.
The industrial step feeder handles spherical parts from 9/23"
diameter to 3" in diameter (depending upon the depth of the step)
and cylindrical parts the same diameter and range and up to 17-1/2"
long. The tabletop step feeder handles spherical parts from .114"
in diameter to 1" in diameter, depending upon the depth of the
step, and cylindrical parts the same diameter range and up to
11-1/2" long. Larger and smaller diameters are possible with both
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