anyfeed uses a universal feeding principle that ensures feeding of a wide range of parts. Only one type of part is handled at a given time. One anyfeed with a vision system replaces several conventional custom-designed vibratory feeders. This eliminates expensive changeover times and frees up valuable production space for other uses. anyfeed is a solution that is ready for future needs, new or modified parts.
When using fast robots, feed rates of up to 60 parts per minute can be achieved with anyfeed – without compromising on maximum flexibility. If two anyfeed systems are being used per robot, rates of up to 80 parts per minute can be achieved.
All anyfeed models feature an automatic empty/purge function. This is a crucial and valuable advantage for just-in-time production operations that involve frequent product changeovers and small batch sizes. There is no need to empty parts by hand and product changeovers are fast and inexpensive.
If the robot is unable to remove a part on its first attempt, a new feed cycle is initiated. The robot automatically repeats its gripping attempt until the part can be successfully supplied. This automatic error correction eliminates downtimes, maximizes availability and reduces operator interventions.
The bulk storage bin is only activated when more parts are needed in the pick window, otherwise the bulk parts are left completely stress-free. The parts in the pick window are picked quickly and there is no risk of them being left in ongoing recirculation. As a result, the system can be used to supply parts that are cosmetically or functionally fragile.
A wide selection of feed plates is available featuring different materials, colors, surface finishes and properties, including FDA-approved models and plates with anti-static properties. These plates can be used to optimize both the feed action and contrast conditions for image processing. Feed plates are changed by hand in a matter of seconds – no tools required.
All anyfeed devices feature a rectangular footprint, an integrated bulk storage bin and integral controls – the ideal combination for building elegant, space-saving solutions.