Why R&D Testing Prior to Feeder System Build is So Important

A Critical Step to Quality Vibratory and Centrifugal Feeder Implementation

Vibratory Feeders - Why R&D Testing Prior to Implementation is so ImportantBuilding a house without a blueprint is foolish. Building a parts feeder system without up-front research and development (R&D) follows the same off-kilter logic. Without a plan – or in this case, without any research – you’re stumbling through the dark. How do you know if the system you want to build will solve your problems? Below are some of the main reasons why it’s important to complete R&D prior to machine build:

  • Experimentation – With R&D, a feeder system company can explore a wide range of concepts early in the development process with limited capital investment from the customer. Early testing often saves money down the road.
  • Refinement – How convinced are you in the concept of a proposed feeder system? R&D enables you to refine design and process before the system is fully built.
  • Efficiency – R&D provides information up front that limits expenses, such as buying components you may not need. You can also identify any major issues early in the process and reduce potential waste. Each party has the opportunity to create a wish list of how they envision the machine. Testing limits the potential downstream costs of unexpected changes and maximizes efficiencies.
  • Contingency – Solid R&D allows you and your vendor to formulate contingency plans should obstacles arise during the feeder design process. You’re both looking for ways to limit risk, which is another reason why R&D is so valuable.
  • Commitment – Completing the R&D phase is a way for the customer and the vendor to highlight their commitment to a project. The customer sees the vendor is invested in helping to solve problems and the vendor receives confirmation their efforts are for a long-term contract.

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