Vibratory Bowl Feeders – Act Sensibly During Sudden Failures

Vibratory feeders are the commonly used tool for feeding a wide range of parts and materials with varying configurations. They play a crucial role in automating complex production processes across industries.

Similar to other mechanical devices, vibratory feeders are prone to damage with repeated usage under extreme conditions. This sudden machine failure will affect the entire production process, leading to costly downtimes, and expensive repairs.

In case your vibratory unit is failing to provide expected results and is giving you frequent troubles, there is something you must check prior to taking the unit to a repairing center.

What to Check in a Damaged Vibratory Feeder?

As an application user, it is important to have a clear understanding of the various parts of vibratory feeders. This helps you closely examine the parts to detect the root cause of failure. Check the following when the unit fails to operate as expected.

  • Ensure that bowls, track and hopper pans are functioning independently and are not touching the mounting plate or any bracket.
  • Make sure that the parts of the feeder are free of dirt and there are no contaminants clogged, preventing smooth functioning.
  • Check for misaligned parts, including bowl discharge unit and inline track.
  • Check for broken springs, especially those are fastened just above the spacer on the lower clamp and upper clamps.
  • Check for cracks and broken welds.
  • Check the coils, controllers, and sensors.

The aforementioned are some of the parts that you must be closely checked to detect the problem. If the problems are minor, you can easily fix them by following the troubleshooting tips provided by the manufacturer. However, one must read and understand the instructions provided in the user manual clearly before troubleshooting the unit. Following the troubleshooting methods helps solve minor issues, preventing taking the unit to a service station. Hence, you can save a lot of money, which you may otherwise need to spend at the repairing station. However, if the damage is severe and beyond repairable in-house, it is recommended to get the unit checked by a credible repairing technician.