Feedscape technology represents a radical departure from the traditional method of handling parts through contact with their outer surfaces, to handling parts on their I.D. This seemingly simple change in approach results in significant advantages and design possibilities.The Patented Feedscape System is comprised of a tooling rod secured by a series of alternating jaws. Parts loaded on the tooling rod through their I.D. are free to travel down the rod as the jaws open and close. This technology maintains control of the parts at all times. There’s no chance of parts flipping over, shingling, or falling off.
Vibratory in-line tracks, that are the major cause of part feeding problems, are eliminated. Tooling is less expensive to manufacture and significantly more flexible than “in-line” styles. One set of tooling can often be used for a family of parts requiring only a similar I.D. Part jams are dramatically reduced and simpler to clear than with conventional tooling. Ordinary part-to-part variation has no effect on performance. All external surfaces of the part are exposed and, therefore, available for additional operations such as inspection, gauging, and many others.
- Multiple Feedscape Systems can be utilized in a linear or rotary arrangement to create stacks of different component parts, thereby building sub-assemblies
- Ideal for parts with very high diameter to length ratios; washers, retaining rings, wave washers, Belleville springs, seals, bearings, just to name a few
- Feeds parts previously difficult/impractical to handle from their “outside” geometry
- Reduces downtime by minimizing part jams and simplifying clearing of jams
- Maintains control of parts by capturing them on their I.D.
- Valuable even with manual processes for staging parts
- Eliminates more costly and high maintenance in-line tracks
- Maintains orientation of parts during feeding
- Integrates easily into vibratory bowls and other bulk feeding devices
- Eliminates “pick and place” units by depositing parts at point of use
- Improves efficiency of feeding processes
- Inexpensive to re-tool if parts change