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A rotary feeder is a machine used to add large quantities of industrial raw materials to be processed into semi-finished or finished products. Rotary feeders are used where solid materials are to be fed in their bulk proportions into the production process. Rotary feeders are also known as airlock feeders or rotary valve machines.They can function from an internal combustion engine or be electrically driven by a motor. Rotary feeders are composed of 5 basic components: the rotor shaft, housing, head plate, packing seals, and bearings Read More…

Rotary Feeder Rotary feeders, also referred to as centrifugal feeders, are a type of vibratory feeder that utilizes rotary force in order to orient and sort parts before feeding them to the next stage in automated processes.
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Erie, PA  |  814-835-6000

ERIEZ is a global manufacturer of an entire range of vibratory feeders and related machinery. We serve all the process industries, including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, ceramics, glass, packaging, metalworking, minerals processing and others.

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Rockford, IL  |  800-562-1868

Rodix manufactures vibratory feeder controls, inline track drives, drive bases, & bulk storage hoppers for part feeding systems. Our line of vibratory feeder controls feature variable amplitude, variable frequency, line-voltage compensation, UL/cUL Listed, CE Marked, and more. We have experience working with machine integrators, vibratory feed system builders, and manufacturers.

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Willoughby, OH  |  info@bellcofeeders.com

Bellco Feeders specializes in the engineering design and manufacturing of custom vibratory parts feeding systems. The team takes a modern approach and offers products that are unsurpassed in the market for quality, durability, and competitive pricing. Bellco has a full line of parts feeding systems including vibratory bowl feeders with bulk part hoppers, step feeders, flex feeders, and custom conveyors. For more information and to receive a quick quote, contact us: www.bellcofeeders.com

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Newberg, OR  |  800-246-2034

PPM Technologies Holdings, LLC is an innovative industry leader in the vibratory feeder industry. Our main focus has always been to provide our customers with high-quality products with the exact specifications for their needs. With our wide range of products, we are able to serve various industries.

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Bedford, OH  |  440-439-8081

Dengensha America Corp. is a dedicated and trusted vibratory feeders manufacturer. Our expert team is dedicated to manufacturing vibratory feeders built to last. All of our products are built using the latest technology. We offer customization options to better fit the needs of our customers.

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Brunswick, OH  |  330-220-1440

Best Process Solutions, Inc. is a manufacturer of vibratory feeders and conveyors. We have air fed vibratory feeders, vibratory conveyors, heavy and light-duty vibratory feeders, vibratory tables and other vibratory bulk process equipment, which can be designed to customer specifications. Call today!

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Components of a Rotary Feeder

  • The rotor shaft is a component found at the center of the electric motor. It produces a torque force, or motion, that causes movement of the material through the rotary feeder.Housing is the metal shell that contains and protects the electrical components of the rotary feeder. It forms the shape of the rotary feeder.
  • Bearings are the motion slippers that allow the rotor shaft to rotate without much friction. They form the ends that hold the rotor shaft in position and allow for lubrication.
  • Head plates are composed of seals that hinder spillage of material out of rotor pockets to the bearings.
  • Packing seals help to minimize fluid loss.

How Rotary Feeders Work

A rotary feeder works by separating pressure differences while allowing the passage of material into the processing system. To best illustrate how a rotary feeder works, it is best to imagine how a revolving door works. It permits the passage of material through while maintaining the difference of pressure in the building against the outside pressure.

Types of Rotary Feeders

There are several common types of rotary feeders that are described below.

Angle of Response Rotary Feeders

Commonly known as ARFs, these feeders have varied speeds. They usually follow the direction of material flow and make use of a rotating member and the articulable gate to control the flow volume of material. There is also what is called drum rotation. This regulates and prevents the backflow of material and reduces overloading, product distraction, formation of fine dust, and ensures a uniform flow of material.

Rotary Airlock Feeders

They are also called drop-through rotary feeders. They are well-crafted for rough applications with an outboard bearing style. This is well-made for handling contamination and abrasive products. They are used in high-pressure pneumatic conveying systems that have high temperatures.

Rotary Airlock Feeders

Blow-through Airlock Feeders

It is best suited for pneumatic conveying systems that deal with food, grain, chemical, pharmaceuticals, plastics, baking, or milling. They have replaceable shaft seals, outboard bearings, and a 10-vane open-end rotor.

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Rotary Airlock Feeder Degassing

These feeders are usually set to feed material in a pneumatic conveying line. Rotation of the valve, coupled with the leakages between the rotor and the stator, cause gas from the conveying line to go upstream and be emitted.

Easy-Clean Rotary Feeders

They are convenient in the sense that they are fast, can be cleaned quickly and thoroughly, disassembled, sanitized, and maintained easily. They need no sophisticated tools to disassemble thereby enhancing productivity. Reassembling is done within the shortest possible time and it re-establishes internal clearances automatically. They are usually used for mixing batches.

Filter Valve

These are generally cheap, rotary feeders specifically made for light-duty dust collector systems.

Knife Rotary Feeder

This type of feeder is made for discharging secondary fuel such as plastic or wood. The knife cuts huge material to prevent rotor blockage.

Applications of Rotary Feeders

  • Pneumatic systems
  • Plastic production
  • Chemical and food processing
  • Manufacture of pharmaceuticals
  • Conveying abrasives

Benefits of Rotary Feeders

  • They limit air entry into the material being conveyed.
  • The weights of materials put into the production process are comparable.
  • They are effective and efficient, performing the dual purpose of limiting framework air and managing material stream between vessels.
  • They can deal with numerous ranges of powders and granular staff such as sugar, cocoa, starches, flour, and many more.

Disadvantages of Rotary Feeders

  • They are expensive to run.
  • They generate positive pressure.
  • There are government rules regulating their design and use in certain situations.

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