In bulk material handling, vibratory feeders are used to convey material from one piece of equipment to the next. They are able to separate and convey materials using precise vibrations.
For applications where delicate or sticky materials are being moved, vibratory conveying is a great way to transfer material without causing damage or liquefying contents.
A vibratory feeder is sometimes called a vibratory conveyor and it is a great low maintenance solution for material handling. Parts on a vibratory feeder are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace because there are no moving parts, except for the vibrating drive at the bottom. Electromagnetic or electromechanical power can be used to power a vibratory feeder, depending on the design. Read More…
There are several different types of vibrating feeders, the main ones being:
Vibratory bowl feeders: Sometimes referred to as vibratory bowls or centrifugal feeders, these convenient parts feeders are used in parts manufacturing facilities to help align finished parts or almost finished parts before packaging.
Vibratory conveyors: This category covers a much broader selection of troughs, vibrating screens and trommel screens that are made specifically to convey and/or sort bulk materials as they are being processed.
Rotary feeders: These are more commonly called rotary airlocks or rotary valves. Their design and purpose is to allow for air-tight material feeding from storage tanks to silos into screw or vibratory conveyors.
Linear feeders: Sometimes called inline feeders, linear feeders are usually used in applications where parts are being conveyed. They create a consistent flow from bowl feeders through vibratory linear motion.
Vibratory feeders offer many advantages in industrial facilities. For one thing, a parts feeder is one of the most efficient and cost-effective alternatives to manual labor, especially over the long term. Instead of a team of people, one operator can watch over a number of automated machines.
When processing small parts, a bowl feeder makes is easy to sort, count and align the parts accurately. Not only is this more efficient, but it doesn’t require workers to do a strenuous job.
For companies who work with powder bulk solids and heterogeneous mixtures that are delicate, vibratory conveying is the best alternative to the speed of pneumatic conveying.
Even sticky materials that would get stuck in a pneumatic conveyor or on a mechanical conveyor flow evenly on a vibratory feeder. For facilities that would like to improve their recycling and recovery rates, trommel screens and rotary trommels have a significant impact on the amount of labor needed to sort materials.