At Vibcon Corporation, we are a premier designer and manufacturer of vibratory machines for feeding, separating, and orientation applications. Whether a customer’s production operations involve a single component or a complete system, we have the experience and expertise to provide innovative solutions for their most demanding parts feeding challenges. One of our core product offerings is vibratory bowl feeders and centrifugal feeders.
Bowl Feeders for Automation Systems & Equipment
What Are Vibratory Bowl Feeders & Centrifugal Bowl Feeders?
Bowl feeders can be classified into two main categories: vibratory and centrifugal.
Vibratory bowl feeders—also commonly referred to as bowls—are the most commonly used within the parts feeding industry; they utilize electromagnetic coils to generate vibrations to move parts as needed for subsequent operations. Compared to other platforms available, they offer better flexibility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness; they can be configured as single or multiple line applications, feed and orient a wide range of part profiles at high rate requirements, and tolerate some of the most severe industrial environments.
Centrifugal bowl feeders—also known as rotary part feeders—are more complex than vibratory ones; they generate centrifugal force to move parts in a circular path toward the edge of a conical disc inside of the bowl. They are best suited for high-rate applications involving simple parts requiring little to no pre-orientation.
Types of Bowls Used in Bowl Feeders
A key component of both types of feeder systems is the bowl. It is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most common designs include cylindrical, conical, and stepped. Cylindrical bowls provide a constant feed but are restricted in capacity. Conical bowls have a diameter that allows for higher capacity. Stepped bowls have a wider feeding track that is ideal for pre-oriented pieces and a larger size that is resistant to parts jamming.
Bowl Feeder Systems at Vibcon
At Vibcon, we offer both vibratory and centrifugal bowl feeder systems.
Vibratory Feeder Bowls
- 6″ to 42″
- 304 Grade Stainless Steel
- 316 Grade Stainless Steel (for medical and pharmaceutical applications)
- 1/8″ 11 Gauge
- TIG welded
- Hand fabricated
- Hardened Steel (High wear areas if required)
- Rough coat
Centrifugal Feeder Bowls
- Bottle caps
- Additional simple parts
- Centrifugal feeder bowls are capable of thousands of pieces per minute.
Industries That Rely on Bowl Feeders & Systems
Bowl feeder systems find application in the parts feeding operations of a wide range of industries. For example:
- In the automotive industry, they are used to orient various components to speed up the production of automobiles.
- In the electronics industry, they are used to sort and position small electronic pieces, such as fasteners and tubes.
- In the food processing industry, they are used to move food components to improve production speeds.
- In the ordnance industry, they are used to carefully move explosive materials and other gun-related components (e.g., bullet casings).
- In the packaging industry, they are used to orient lids of various shapes and sizes to the proper position for following capping operations.
Quality Bowl Feeder Systems From Vibcon
Bowl feeders are a vital piece of equipment in the parts feeding industry; they make moving and orienting components within larger assembly lines much easier, saving companies time and money.
Looking for quality bowl feeder systems for your facility? Vibcon has got you covered. We offer vibratory and centrifugal feeder bowls with a variety of customization options, so you can choose the design and construction that best suits your needs. We also offer modifications other than the above, including accumulator towers to store and feed pre-oriented parts, bowls used as hoppers to get a finer and/or smaller quantity of material fed, and bowls used as sorters to sort one part from another (such as coins or different length bolts), which are frequently used in the plastics industry to sort sprues from parts and one part from another.
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