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Air Bowl Feeder

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035986D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bleau, CD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This article describes an air bowl feeder mechanism which is a pressurized parts presentation system suitable for orienting and dispensing small parts.

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Air Bowl Feeder

This article describes an air bowl feeder mechanism which is a pressurized parts presentation system suitable for orienting and dispensing small parts.

The major components of the mechanism are shown in the drawing as follows:

1. A cap which seals a parts chamber.

2. A bleed port & flow control which allows air to

exit the parts chamber at the proper rate.

3. The parts chamber which holds the parts and acts

as a reservoir, supplying parts upon demand.

4. A pressure manifold which supplies pressure to the

parts chamber.

5. A pressure flow control which regulates the input

pressure to the pressure manifold.

6. An orientation blowoff port which prevents jams

and ensures proper part orientation.

7. A blowoff flow control which regulates the input

pressure to the orientation blowoff port.

8. A parts track which captures the part and shuttles

it out of the air bowl feeder (not shown).

9. A slide on which the parts track translates.

10. A loading chamber where the parts are directed

into the parts track.

11. An air escape port which allows air to flow freely

when the parts track is in the loading chamber.

In operation the cap 1 is removed and a quantity of parts are poured into the parts chamber 3. The cap is attached and the pressure manifold 4 is activated. The parts will be raised to the top of the parts chamber 3 by adjusting the bleed port flow control 2. The orientation blowoff port 6 is activated. The blowoff flow control 7 is adjusted to ensure t...