Feeder systems are complex pieces of machinery. Unless you grew up working on airplanes, for example, you wouldn’t expect to intuitively know how they work. The same logic applies to vibratory feeders and centrifugal feeder systems. You need instructions to understand their full breadth of capabilities.
Here are four key reasons you need a thorough parts feeder system machine manual for your unique feeder system:
- Safety – Above all, you need to make sure you keep your operators safe. A feeder system machine manual helps to identify where potential hazards are and how you can safeguard against accidents occurring. A manual will clearly show how to make proper utility connections as well as stressing the importance of not running the system without confirming safeguards are in place.
- Maintenance – All machines break eventually if you don’t perform proper maintenance. A feeder system manual helps you determine a maintenance schedule to keep your system operating smoothly. It also identifies where components are located on the machine and what to look for when processes are not working correctly.
- Parts List – A thorough manual lists all the parts that make up your feeder system. More importantly, it enables you to establish contingency plans for when pieces wear out. A parts list helps you identify critical spare parts versus discretionary spare parts and correctly locate built replacement part numbers. The list also adds insight into lead time and cost of machine spares, so you can prioritize what parts you should try to always keep in stock.
- Training – A feeder system manual helps a new operator get up to speed with a basic understanding of how the machine works. Operators can study the manual to learn where components are located, how to control and operate the machine, how to maintain optimal safety, proper cleaning procedures, and more.
Does your current feeder system vendor provide thorough manuals to support your team? Ask to see a sample feeder system machine manual before selecting a partner to design and install your next bowl feeder system or parts handling system. You’ll be glad you did.
July 20, 2016