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HFC Feeds Parts for Vision Inspection

Posted 1:20 PM by
Hoosier Feeder Company builds feeding systems for a vast number of different processes in the manufacturing realm.  One process that is not immediately associated with manufacturing is part inspection.  Extremely large companies and companies that require a large number of high-precision parts, often fasteners, look to automate the inspection process itself which provides a new set of parameters for us to build to.  Inspection companies look for a variety of qualities in the parts they inspect, and it is our job to prepare and present the parts precisely the way they need. Types of Parts Fed for Vision InspectionsThe... Read more →
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Centrifugal Feeder Vocabulary

Posted 1:00 PM by
Centrifugal feeders are complex machines which sometimes make effective communication a challenge.    We will always do our best to clearly communicate and explain the topic at hand but we understand some things still get lost in translation.  Below are some common “vocab” terms that we at Hoosier Feeder Company commonly use to discuss our centrifugal feeder systems so that you can have a deeper understanding of what we do.The words “part” and “parts” refers to the production pieces we are tasked to feed Tub – The rotating cast aluminum component that acts as both the sides and running surface of... Read more →
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Choosing the Right Kind of Hopper or Elevator

Posted 3:13 PM by
The functionality of any feeding system stems from, of course, the vibratory or centrifugal style feeder itself.  Even though a hopper or elevator is sometimes an overlooked accessory to the system, it can play a very important role in the overall performance of a feeding system.  With that, there are many different factors to consider. Run TimePerhaps the main role of pre-feed component is to provide a buffer for an operator loading parts into the system, which begs the first question: How long do you want the system to run before it needs to be loaded with more parts?... Read more →
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Hoosier Feeder Company Flex Feeder

Posted 12:49 PM by
Robotics in the manufacturing industry has changed the way we make our things as a society.  From programmed welders on car assembly lines to palletizing robots at the end of a packaging line, robotics are becoming more and more involved in our manufacturing processes.  Hoosier Feeder Company wanted to supplement the steady increase of their use and offer a parts handling machine that was optimized for use with robots.  After spending time in various manufacturing plants using the growing technology, we found our opportunity and are excited to present the Hoosier Feeder Company Flex Feeder.  The HFC Flex Feeder is... Read more →
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How HFC Feeders Help Grow Your Company

Posted 5:53 PM by
Depending on the size of your current operation, adding part feeding systems can be a sizable investment into your company and as a result may require some careful consideration.  Anytime you invest back into your company it’s important to understand how the investment will return and help add value to your processes, products, and company in general.  There are many ways to quantitatively understand company growth and further, understanding the way those quantities change when a feeding system is introduced (e.g. more “widgets” produced, additional company assets, better product consistency, etc).  Purchasing a feeding system from Hoosier Feeder... Read more →
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Vibratory Feeder Vocabulary

Posted 2:14 PM by
At Hoosier Feeder Company, part feeders are our “bread and butter”, and we interact with these machines every day.  As the parts feeding industry has grown over time, so has the language that is used to communicate within it.  We try to communicate about a projects inner workings as clearly as possible but sometime, we confess, those conversations get a little “wordy”.  Here are some vocabulary words that may help shed a little light into your next vibratory feeder project.  Discharge – The “output” of a feeder bowl that presents correctly oriented partsDrive unit – Active part of a vibratory feeder to... Read more →
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Why Vibratory Feeder Projects Fail (And how to prevent it)

Posted 2:05 PM by
Vibratory feeders appeal to many applications, however there are some that provide to be more troublesome than others.  At Hoosier Feeder Company, we like to ask questions up-front to fully understand the application and easily avoid total project failure (i.e. building the feeder and system to find out that it does not work).  When we consider project failure, realistically, it comes down to how seamlessly our system is integrated into our customers production line.  You, our customer, can take steps along with us here at Hoosier Feeder Company to ensure your new feeder system easily adds value to... Read more →
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Our HFC Vibratory Feeder was Delivered. Now What?

Posted 5:45 PM by
In many cases, the arrival of a feeding system to a machine-build is an important stepping stone, as many parts used in the process originate from these feeders.  Additionally, the pressures of an aggressive build schedule can be exaggerated when new equipment is arrives because that usually means another tier of work is now ready for attention.  Despite these pressures, it is important to carefully integrate your new feeding system into your production line to avoid causing more trouble than necessary.  Luckily, with some due diligence, many common issues upon receival of a feeder system can be avoided. First,... Read more →
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Feeders for Everyday Projects

Posted 4:53 PM by
While it is extremely unlikely that a vibratory or centrifugal feeder ends up in a household, chances are, a feeder has played a much larger role in the production of goods you find in your house every day.  From consumable products, to tools and automobiles, the products made in large quantities for the masses must be manufactured in way that is financially reasonable, and Hoosier Feeder Company feeders help our customers do just that.   Automobiles are a great example of a product that relies heavily on vibratory and centrifugal feeders to assist in production.  Every consumer car needs hundreds of... Read more →
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Noise Control for Vibratory Feeders

Posted 6:23 PM by
Vibratory feeders are inherently noisy machines.  Electromagnetic coils pull and release metal blocks beneath the bowl, usually between 60-120 times per second, to drive part movement causing the parts to vibrate not only against the bowl itself but against adjacent parts.  Depending on the material and shape of the parts, the noise level of a feeder system can quickly become damaging to unprotected ears, especially when there is more than one feeder in the area.  Fortunately for you, there is an assortment of options to help reduce the overall noise level of your vibratory feeding system. First of all,... Read more →
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