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An In-Depth Installation

Posted 4:17 PM by
Planning a new production line or retrofitting an old one comes with many challenges.  From process planning to machine layouts and facility limitations, there are challenges at every step of the project.  One of the most crucial and perhaps most challenging portions of a machine build project is integrating all the different kinds of equipment together for the last time before production begins.  Our very own Greg Schombert took a trip to North Carolina to assist a customer with the integration of a large centrifugal feeder system that provided a few more hurdles than normal.  When a centrifugal feeder is... Read more →
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HFC 2018 Trade Show Circuit

Posted 8:16 PM by
Trade shows are important parts of any industry, and that surely doesn’t exclude the process automation and manufacturing industry.  These shows offer a unique opportunity to gather customers, manufacturers, partners, and development companies within their respective fields all under one roof.  Hoosier Feeder Company makes a point every year to attend various trade show to show off our latest and greatest products, as well as learn how, why, and in what ways the industry as a whole is shifting.  It’s an opportunity to learn, foster existing relationships and partnerships, and form new ones.  If you find the opportunity,... Read more →
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Wagons for Warriors

Posted 6:26 PM by
At Hoosier Feeder Company we get excited about our employees’ efforts and adventures outside of work as much as their efforts inside of our facility.  We are especially excited when those efforts put forth go to help others, much like our own Jon Cannaday’s journey to help injured and recovering veterans.  Jon calls his mission Wagons for Warriors and its really is quite special.  We got a chance to sit down and talk with him about Wagons for Warriors to learn a bit more about it and help spread the word.So John, can you summarize the purpose of... Read more →
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HFC Releases Heavy Duty Feeder

Posted 1:56 PM by
Centrifugal, or rotary, feeders are not typically known for their ability withstand heavy, hard, or sharp parts.  Rotary style feeders generally thrive with light-weight plastic parts that would deform before causing damage to the feeder system.  Of course, a part is not automatically considered suitable for a vibratory feeder just because the part will not work in a centrifugal feeder.  After years of observation, we began to notice a whole family of parts that seemed appropriate for automated feeding systems but would not work properly in traditional vibratory or centrifugal feeders.  It is for reasons like these that Hoosier... Read more →
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New Employee Spotlight – Nathan Craig

Posted 7:15 PM by
Hoosier Feeder Company is pleased to announce another addition to the HFC Team. Our most recent addition is Nathan Craig, an IUPUI graduate and our newest Mechanical Design Engineer. Nathan creates models and drawings of custom parts feeding systems and collaborates with project managers to ensure the customer gets exactly what they need. Here are a few questions we asked Nathan to get to know him a little better. When did you start at HFC?I started at Hoosier Feeder Company roughly 3 months ago, in March 2018. How did you find out about HFC?I first discovered Hoosier Feeder... Read more →
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Mentorship at Hoosier Feeder Company

Posted 5:34 PM by
For years, there has been a growing shortage of skilled labor in virtually every industry.  The well-intended countrywide push to educate young people was pigeonholed to college degrees and bypassing most labor, which now seems like a shortsighted plan.  The feeder industry was built by craftsmen that take pride in their work and thrive on translating cerebral activity into physical form.  Although the issue of limited skilled labor is slowly being addressed across the country, Hoosier Feeder Company is taking proactive steps to educate youth in that regard.  Mentorship, especially in the niche industry of parts feeding, is integral... Read more →
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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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