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FlexiBowl

ESPS and FLEXIBOWL have joined forces.


FlexiBowl® is an innovative device to feed bulk components. FlexiBowl® allows the orientation and separation of components, by the combined movements of a servomotor and an impulse generator. The FlexiBowl® system is highly versatile and able to feed objects of any:
• Geometry
• Surface
• Material

This is possible thanks to the vast choice of rotary discs, available in multiple colours, textures, resistances and degrees of surface adhesion.
The working principle is very simple and straightforward: the bulk feeder releases and lets the parts fall onto the FlexiBowl® surface and they are effectively separated by the combination of bidirectional rotation and the impulse generator. Once the parts are singulated, the camera recognizes them and sends the coordinates to the robot for the pick-up.
The set of instructions allows changing the speed parameters, the acceleration and the impulse frequency according to the parts’ geometry, to achieve an optimal result.

Traditional Operating Mode


FlexiBowl® is an innovative device to feed bulk components. FlexiBowl® allows the orientation and separation of components, by the combined movements of a servomotor and an impulse generator. The FlexiBowl® system is highly versatile and able to feed objects of any:
• Geometry
• Surface
• Material

This is possible thanks to the vast choice of rotary discs, available in multiple colours, textures, resistances and degrees of surface adhesion.
The working principle is very simple and straightforward: the bulk feeder releases and lets the parts fall onto the FlexiBowl® surface and they are effectively separated by the combination of bidirectional rotation and the impulse generator. Once the parts are singulated, the camera recognizes them and sends the coordinates to the robot for the pick-up.
The set of instructions allows changing the speed parameters, the acceleration and the impulse frequency according to the parts’ geometry, to achieve an optimal result.

The flex feeder routine includes 3 different activities:
• Dropping refers to the action of the bulk feeder
• Separating refers to the action of the flexible feeder
• Picking refers to the action of the robot

In the FlexiBowl, the disc is split into three functional sectors:
• Dropping;
• Separating;
• Picking.

By splitting and confining every single phase of the process in a dedicated sector, dropping, separating and picking take place at the same time.
This process usually lasts 0.5 seconds, which is a benchmark in the flexible feeding market.

FlexiTrack

FlexiTrack enables the circular conveyor tracking of the FlexiBowl. In the FlexiTrack vision system operates in a separate sector located right before the robot picking area. The robot and vision processing are simultaneous so the time waste in processing data is reduced. In this system a second camera is positioned before the bulk feeder to balance the parts dropping. There are several advantages:
• A steady flow of parts reduces massively the time spent on parts handling;
• Vision system processing time has a very low impact on the feed rate;
• The parts stabilization time is eliminated;
• Multiple lighting solutions can be applied without limiting the robot movement;
• The same productivity as in traditional mode can be obtained with a FlexiBowl size down;
• One FlexiTrack replaces two Traditional Mode feeders saving costs and layout;
• The instant cycle time of the pick&place is quite steady and it makes FlexiTrack suitable for synchronous applications (e.g dial tables).

Multiple Parts Feeding

Multiple Parts Feeding allows simultaneous feeding of different components.
Up to 6 different types of components can be managed by the same FlexiBowl® reliably. A separate bulk feeder is needed for every single type of component.
Multiple parts feeding allows to minimize layout and production costs. The feature can be equipped to FlexiBowl 500, 650 and 800. A different type of surface can be applied to each sector, maximising the feeding experience. The surfaces are offered in different:
• Colours
• Textures
• Degrees of adhesion

 

FDA and antistatic surfaces are also available in our catalogue.
The multiple parts feeding is suitable for applications such as Assembly, Kitting and Tray Loading with many different components.

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

 Description
Types200, 350, 500, 650 and 800
Bulk Feeder1,5 to 40L
Maximum Payload1 to 7KG
Speed> 80 ppm

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