A Flexible Part Feeding Solution
FlexiBowl® is a flexible parts feeder that is compatible with every robot and vision system. Entire families of parts within 0,04-10 in and 0,035-8,8 oz 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.
Parts dispensed by the hopper fall on the surface and are separated through the combined actuation of servomotor and impulse generator. These shaking movements also allow parts to arrange and lie on feeder surface with the right orientation, so that the vision system can locate them and send coordinates to the robot for pick up.
The set of instructions allows to change acceleration and deceleration parameters, impulse frequency according to part geometry, to achieve an optimal result.
The communication with robot controller and vision system is done by sending simple commands through the available communications ports: ethernet, ethercat, digital i/o signals.