FLEXIBLE PARTS FEEDING SYSTEM
FlexiBowl® is an innovative device to feed bulk components. It does not work with vibration, but through the combined actuation of servomotor and impulse generator to singulate parts. Unlike vibratory feeders, Flexibowl products can feed entire families of parts without requiring any extensive downtime or retooling costs for product changeovers: since product changes can be made in a matter of seconds. Each size bowl is capable of working with any robot or vision system, keeping integration and deployment quick & simple!
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How does FlexiBowl work?
The working principle is very simple and straightforward: the bulk feeder releases and lets the parts fall onto the FlexiBowl® surface and they are effectively separated by the combination of bidirectional rotation and the impulse generator. Once the parts are singulated, the camera recognizes them and sends the coordinates to the robot for the pick-up.
The communication with the robot controller and vision system is achieved by sending simple commands through the available communications ports: Ethernet (TCP/IP, UDP/IP), Ethernet/IP, digital I/O.
The flex feeder routine includes 3 different activities:
- Dropping refers to the action of the bulk feeder
- Separating refers to the action of the flexible feeder
- Picking refers to the action of the robot
In the FlexiBowl, the disc is split into three functional sectors:
By splitting and confining every single phase of the process in a dedicated sector, dropping, separating and picking take place at the same time. This process usually lasts 0.5 seconds, which is a benchmark in the flexible feeding market.
Application Videos & Case Studies
FlexiBowl 200: Small Parts & Changeover
Sample Application: Multiple Parts
Sample Application: Electronics
Sample Application: Cosmetics
FlexiBowl® is an innovative flexible parts feeder that is compatible with every robot and vision system. Entire families of parts within 1-250 mm and 1-250 g can be handled by a single FlexiBowl®, replacing a whole set of vibrating bowl feeders. Its lack of dedicated tooling and its easy-to-use and intuitive programming allows quick and multiple product changeovers inside the same work shift.
Contact Gibson Engineering to test out your part feeding or material handling applications today!