While many facets of the manufacturing industry has changed, there are some things that remain the same. A vibratory feeder is one of those machines that have not changed much over the years, and remains a much-needed piece of equipment in the manufacturing industry. In fact, it has many uses in industries such as pharmaceutical, food, automotive, electronics and packaging industries.

Many times in the automation industry, there are small parts that need to be put in place, and many times there are hundreds, even thousands of the same part that need to be placed in the proper position. Instead of an employee having to place these small parts one by one into place, a vibratory can feed the small parts into another machine one by one, orientated in a particular direction.

Vibratory feeders come in all different shapes, sizes and styles, depending the objects it needs to displace. Just as it sounds, a vibratory feeder can vibrate and rotate in order to get specific objects to face a particular direction upon dispensing it into a machine.

Vibratory feeders speed up the process and provide accuracy that would otherwise slow down an overall project. When using a vibratory feeder, one must take into consideration part shape, part size, weight and material properties in order to select the proper feeder. Also, lining and coatings of the feeder are important to ensure proper traction of the component when orientating and feeding.

Placing tiny party parts into specific positions can be a tedious job, and can slow the overall process. With the proper feeder(s), your process will continue to move along smoothly and quickly.

In the manufacturing industry, it’s all about speed and precision. You want to complete a task or project as fast as possible, but without jeopardizing the precision of your work. In the past, machining was mostly done by hand. In order to speed up the process and eliminate error, the first Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine was introduced in the early 1950’s.

So what exactly is a CNC Machine and what does it do?

To put it in its simplest form, it’s basically a way of controlling machine tools programmatically by the use of a computer. Tools that typical use CNC Machining are lathes, mills, routers and grinders.

If used properly, a CNC machine is proven to be much quicker and more precise than manual machining.

At first, a CNC machine looks like a normal PC, but the computer is wired with precise, unique software and control panels. By using CNC Machining, machine tools function through this numerical control panel. To create a specific object, part, etc. that part is given a customized computer program through machine CNC language called G-code. All the specific programming dictates how the machine creates a specific object through feed rate, coordination, location and speeds.

CNC Machining helps the computer control speed and exact positioning and velocity, and can be used in metal and plastic fabrication. Each object begins with a CAD drawing, and then a code is created based off that CAD drawing for machine to read. Once the code is ready to go, an operator runs a test run which is known as “cutting air” in order to ensure perfect fabrication.

Once the fabrication is perfected, the operator can use that specific code to produce parts quicker and more efficiently with less error, and can produce parts that are virtually impossible to create by hand.