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Centrifugal Feeder Maintenance Guide

Centrifugal Feeder System Maintenance Tips (Hoosier Feeder Company)Maintaining your equipment is critical to your Rotary Feeder or Centrifugal Feeder system's long term performance. Read below for daily, weekly and monthly feeder system maintenance checklists or download our Centrifugal Maintenance Tips PDF. And please contact us with any questions you may have.

Feeder System - Daily Checklist

Before Starting Operation*:

  • Make sure the product is free of flanges, excess plastic, short shots, or noticeable gates.
  • Check if any tools or materials are left in the equipment.
  • Check that all power (utility) supplies have been turned ON.
  • Check that air and speed settings correspond to the specified values.
  • Check that product has been supplied to the prefeeder hopper.
  • Check that all sensors are clean and free of smudges and/or condensation.
  • Check that there is no leakage (oil, grease, water, fluids, etc.)
  • Remove any dirt, debris from output track.

During Warm Up of the System*:

  • Check if there is any abnormal noise or vibration in the equipment.
  • Wipe off any excess oil or grease after warm up
  • Check for air leaks throughout the system.
  • Run the machine slowly to check for any problems with the flow of products through the system.

After the Shift is Finished*:

  • Remove any broken parts or fragments.
  • Check that all sensors are clean and free of smudges and/or condensation.
  • Check to see if the speed reducer/motors are running abnormally hot.
  • Lubrication any sections of the equipment called out in the Maintenance Charts under the “Daily” interval.

Feeder System - Weekly Inspection Checklists*

Carry out the following inspections on a weekly basis, regardless of whether the equipment has been run or not.

  • Check if all belts and chains are tensioned correctly (no too loose or too tight).
  • Check if any belts (elevator, conveyor, etc.) are worn or damaged.
  • Check that all safety devices are secured for safe operation (covers, guards, etc.)
  • Check that if any lubrication is needed that it has been performed.
  • Check that the air supply inlet filters are not clogged or dirty.
  • Check that nothing has been removed from the system.
  • Remove any dirt, debris from chutes, bowl rim, bowl, conveyor tracks, etc.

Feeder System - Monthly Inspection Checklists*

Carry out the following inspections on a monthly basis, regardless of whether the equipment has been run or not.

  • Check if lubrication is needed or that lubrication has been performed as described in Chapter 6 of the operation manual.
  • Check that all fasteners, screws, bolts, etc. are secure and tight.
  • Check that the machine drive systems are secure.
  • Check that any filters have been cleaned, replaced or are not clogged or dirty.
  • Check for overall deterioration of wiring, piping or tubing.

These charts are for quick-reference only. For detailed descriptions and procedures, please contact Hoosier Feeder Company for assistance.

*The maintenance procedures listed above should be performed only when the equipment has been shut down and locked-out/tagged out. A no time should any personnel be inside any safety guards while the equipment is operational. Remove the keys from corresponding control panels before starting any repair, maintenance or troubleshooting.