Over 1’000 anyfeed units are being used worldwide with these robots:
The bulk parts are dispensed from the bulk storage bin into the pick window of the feeder platform. The parts – both those in the bin and on the feeder platform – are moved forward/backward or flipped by the servo-controlled actions of the feeder surfaces. Only two parameters – the speed and duration of movement – need to be adjusted to customize the feeding action for various parts.
A vision system installed over the pick window analyzes the orientation and position of the randomly distributed parts and tells the feeder what action to take. An Ethernet connection is used to report the positions of “correctly” oriented parts to the robot, which picks the parts and places them in the desired locations for further processing.