Raw Parts Inbound Queue Options

Parts Magazine (Single Row)

Single Row Parts Magazine
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This option is ideal for parts of various lengths that roll or slide on their own at a minimum incline of 20 degrees. The magazine is 40” long with a 20 degree incline and is mounted on top of the loader. It can be designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate a family of parts. The magazine gravity feeds one part at a time to an escapement area. The part is then metered into our loading nest or gripper. The part diameter determines how many parts will fit in the magazine. For example, a 2-inch diameter part results in a capacity of 20 pieces. Due to weight or space limitations, the maximum width for the part magazine is 14”. A family of parts can be accommodated with incremental tooling costs.

 
 

Parts Magazine (Multi-Row)

Multi-row Magazine
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This option is ideal for parts of various lengths that roll or slide on their own at a minimum incline of 20 degrees. The magazine is 40” long with a 20 degree incline and can have as many as 6 rows of parts depending on part length and weight. It is typically mounted on top of the loader. It can be designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate a family of parts. The magazine gravity feeds one row of parts to an escapement area. The parts are then metered into our loading nest or gripper one at a time. The part diameter and length determine how many parts will fit in the magazine. For example, a 2” diameter part that is 3” long may be limited to a 4-row magazine. This results in a magazine capacity of 80 pieces. Due to weight or space limitations, the maximum width for the part magazine is 14”. A family of parts can be accommodated with incremental tooling costs.

 
 

Vertical Part Queue Stacker

Linear Stacker
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This option is recommended for parts that are generally flatter and stack easily. Depending on your desired unattended machining time, we can utilize a wide range of stacker designs. For shorter unattended machining times (30 minutes – two hours), your stacker unit can be mounted on top of or underneath the loader arm. Applications requiring longer unattended run times may necessitate the need for a stand-alone stacker rather than one mounted on the loader. Parts are metered from the stack and handed off to the loader gripper assembly. This system must be hand filled when empty.

 
 

Cleated Parts Conveyor

Cleated Part Conveyor
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This option is necessary for irregular-shaped parts or ones that do not easily roll, slide, or stack (i.e. cone shaped or flanged parts). The raw parts conveyor incorporates a cleated belt on predetermined centers designed around your part. It can be mounted on top of the loader or a stand-alone system, depending on desired unattended run time. The conveyor will index on a progression equal to the cleat on-center distance per cycle. The conveyor feeds parts to an escapement area or pick and place system, depending on part shape. The part is then presented to the loading nest or gripper. This conveyor must be hand loaded by an operator.

 
 

Vertical Multi-Row Parts Magazine

Vertical Multi-Row Parts Magazine
This option is recommended for tube-shaped parts that require a larger part queue within a small foot print. This system contains multiple vertical columns designed to hold parts stacked on their diameters. Parts are metered one row at a time to an escapement area and handed off one part at a time to the loader end of arm tooling. This system must be hand filled when empty.

 
 

Vibratory Feeder Bowl

This option is ideal if you desire an extended machining run time for smaller parts. The feeder bowl feeds parts onto an inline track leading to an escapement area on the loader where they are metered to the loading nest or gripper. An overhead vibratory hopper can be added for additional unattended run time. This option is not recommended for multiple part sizes due to longer changeover times associated with feeder bowls.

 
 

Multi-Row Inbound Parts Table (or Conveyor), Transfer Conveyor, and Pick & Place

This option is a great solution for medium size to larger parts that call for hours of unattended run times. The inbound table can be comprised of adjustable rows to accommodate a family of parts. It is typically situated left or right of the loader alongside the front of the lathe. The table/conveyor meters parts to a transfer conveyor, situated parallel to the lathe, leading to a pick and place system which transfers inbound parts to the loader nest/gripper.