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Vibratory Feeder for Stainless Steel Caps

PROJECT:

Vibratory feeder system to handle a variety of sizes of stainless steel caps for a valve used in deep sea oil drilling and aerospace

Situation

At Hoosier Feeder Company, we understand that quality, efficiency and reliability are the keys to profitability for our clients. We go to great lengths to insure that our feeder systems exceed customer expectations and that we deliver parts to the assembly line in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Hoosier Feeder Company was challenged to manufacture a vibratory feeder system to handle a wide variety of sizes of stainless steel caps for a high-end valve used in deep sea oil drilling and aerospace. Each week the machine had to run 1,000,000 parts – not a typo – through the system. As we worked to develop our equipment, we maintained constant contact with the customer, keeping them up to date on progress with photos and data from the build.

Solution & Results

Once the concept was complete, we finalized the system and ran parts for a week straight to ensure the parts feeder would continue to exceed customers’ expectations. At Hoosier Feeder Company, we recognize the effect of dollars lost to poor production. Our system needed to run at optimal efficiency. We went through extensive procedures to verify we were delivering the best system possible.

  1. The system was assessed on the bench by the builder and the supervisor for rate and reliability.
  2. The system went to the machine assembly department and was checked out by the assembly tech and his supervisor.
  3. After the system was completed and verified by the supervisor, it received final approval from the project manager and one of the owners of the company.
  4. All systems were photographed and dimensioned. If duplicate systems are required in the future, we have a detailed package enabling us to build additional systems that look and perform similarly.

Following this process ensured we did our best to exceed customer needs, while verifying the details of the build were correct.