Precise and accurate distribution of the components is the basis for an efficient and economical automation of assembly lines and is hence indispensable. The functions storage, sorting, orientating, allocating, positioning and inserting have to be performed quickly, safely and without damaging the product.
ICM designs and manufactures its own medium or high-speed feeding systems. Our great expertise allows a complete control of our automatic assembly machines’ feeding.
We adapt our feeding systems to the complexity of the component’s distribution and to your special requirements (use in clean or sterile room for the medical industry for example) and provide you a knowledgeable and personal advice.
Our solutions ensure perfect integration while optimizing the material’s reliability and manufacturing costs.
ICM is the official distributor of the brand Brovind.
Our feeding solutions
- Vibratory feeder bowls
- Centrifugal feeders
- Linear conveyor systems (vibrating or fluid tracks, conveyors)
- Hopper systems (vibrating hoppers or elevators)
- Self-adaptative frequency control units
Integration of robotics and industrial vision-systems
Incorporating the latest technologies, ICM also carries out feeding systems combining vibrating bowls with industrial vision systems and/or robots (4 or 6 axes, static or tracking).
Example of a pick-and-place application where the parts are presented to a camera, which provides information to the robot on their position allowing their seizure and their distribution.
Vibratory bowl feeder
The vibratory bows feeder makes the automatic feeding of the assembly workstations possible. This feeding system leads and positiones more or less voluminous parts, stored in bulk, to the next workstation such as assembly machines, control or packaging machines.
Composed of four main parts: the base, the bowl, springs and one or more coils, a vibratory feeder is usually placed under a storage hopper which allows autonomous operation betweed two supplies.
The bowls of our vibratory feeders can be in stainless steel, mild steel or polyamide and with different coatings (microbead, epoxy, polyurethane, neoprene, ...), chosen according to the material of the workpiece.
ICM offers a wide range of bowls, with diameters from 80mm to 1100mm.
The centrifugal feeder is a system for high-speed feeding (up to 1000 parts/min) of the subsequent workstations such as assembly machines, control or packaging machines.
Silent and vibration free, our centrifugal feeders are particularly designed to distribute and guide fragile and small parts in plastic, rubber or metal. Our bowls are entirely tailored by our technicians to best meet your needs (output rate, type of workpiece, continuously adjustable, diameter, ...).
A vibrating hopper is generally used upstream of a vibrating or centrifugal bowl in order to feed it and thus increase its autonomy.
ICM's hoppers are offered with several standard storage tank volumes (5, 10, 15, 30, 50, 70 and 100 liters), but our engineering department can design for you a customized hopper.
Our hoppers are made of stainless steel and can be delivered with different coatings according to your needs.
ICM also offers the option of integrating fixed or mobile feet (rotation, elevation) in order to facilitate the filling of the hopper.