Automatic Small Part Handler and Feeding Device
Original Publication Date: 1984-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
Small parts can be rapidly and accurately transported from a vibratory feeding bowl to a work station by an air induction feeder and air track. Fig. 1 shows schematically the part handler and feeding device, and Fig. 2 is a detailed showing of the induction feeding device 1. Hopper 11 feeds parts 3 into vibratory bowl 12. The parts 3 are then fed into orientation rail 13 where they are uniformly orientated at timed track feeder 2. Feeder 2 feeds parts 3 into the vacuum area 5 of the induction feeding device 1. Compressed air 10 is fed into air ports 4, and the vacuum created in area 5 draws parts 3 toward air track 6. When parts 3 pass ports 4, the air accelerates the parts 3 through the track 6. A twist rotator 9 in air track 6 can enable the parts 3 to be turned or rotated simply by twisting or looping track 6.