The feeding system eacy step feed exhibits particularly gentle handling of feed material. Vibration is only used in the vicinity of the linear feed rails.
A brushless electric motor, controlled by the smart energy-efficient PFC100 controller, is used to drive the feed plates. The controller also regulates conveyor speed, supporting the gentle feeding of parts.
This gentle part handling and low-friction feeding guarantees that particle build-up is kept to an absolute minimum. However, there is also the option of adding vacuum suction equipment to boost technical cleanliness at certain interface points. The DEPRAG CleanFeed concept is also available for each processing step of the eacy step feed system – from component handling and feeding to fastening – prevent, reduce and remove abrasion.
The step feeder can also be optionally combined with DEPRAG storage systems. They are the ideal complement for optimal processing, ensuring a constant fill volume and extended re-load intervals. Eacy step feed is, of course, also compatible with DEPRAG’s other automation components, such as the DEPRAG Feed Module DFM, the DEPRAG screwdriving function modules and DCOS, the DEPRAG Controller System.
The high feed rate, long life-span and compact size – specifically for longer feed parts – provides an alternative to vibratory spiral feeders and sword feeders.
Step Feeder System eacy step feed
The complete system, comprising a storage container, material-handling technology, linear conveyor, separator, housing and controller – specially designed for longer screws – offers hassle-free, reliable operation with 24V technology, independent from mains voltage and mains frequency.
The feed material is quietly fed in stages over linear feed plates from the storage container towards the feed rails. A brushless electric motor, controlled by the smart energy-efficient PFC100 controller, is used to drive the feed plates. The controller also regulates conveyor speed, supporting the gentle feeding of parts.
The integrated sequence controller PFC100 regulates the complete feeding process for -EP and 11911-x designs used in combination with handheld screwdrivers. Each new cycle is triggered via a start impulse. This significantly reduces integration in higher-level system controllers. As an alternative, the system can also be controlled via an external PLC/IPC controller. Direct integration in IPC environments is also an option with the PFCi100.
The feed material is geometrically aligned in the feed rails. A linear conveyor then transports the feed parts towards the separator. Fill level sensors in the storage container and the feed rails measure and regulate the feed rate. In the separator the feed material is separated and pre-positioned to be shot through the feed hose or for pick-up using vacuum tool or gripper. However, there is also the option of adding vacuum suction equipment to boost technical cleanliness at certain interface points.