Orientating and feeding of cereal bars
Written by: RNA Automation
A global leader in the snack food industry approached RNA to develop a system that could accurately and consistently orient and feed cereal bars onto the customer’s existing line. RNA has designed and developed a rotary bowl feeder system (centrifugal feeder) orientating and feeding 200 cereal bars per minute.
Component: Cereal Bar 92-98mm long + wrapper x 16-32mm wide x 16+/-2mm high
Technical Requirements: The request is to feed and orientate 200 cereal bars per minute. Components to be discharged axis horizontal, end to end at random with barcoded face below
Functional Description: Components are manually loaded onto the conveyor by an operator; the conveyor is designed to pass underneath the customer’s existing line before inclining to discharge components into a vibratory bulk hopper.
A centrifugal feeder receives components from the bulk hopper and discharges them end to end at random via a sequence of out-feed conveyors. An orientation sensor (bar code scanner) triggers a solenoid to remove miss-orientated components, returning them to the hopper; correctly orientated components are fed onto the customer’s existing line via a declined conveyor.
Performance:200 components per minute total
Scope of supply: Transfer conveyor, bulk hopper, centrifugal feeder, conveyor out-feed
Execution: Component contacts: Stainless grade 304 and FDA approved polyurethane; Non-contacts: Stainless grade 304, anodised aluminium and powder coated mild steel
Link: RNA Centrifugal Feeders
Link: Industry: Food & Drink
RNA Automation Ltd
Unit C Castle Bromwich Business Park Tameside Drive, Birmingham B35 7AG
T: +44 (0)121 749 2566
Fax: +44 (0)121 749 6217
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