As a crucial component of modern manufacturing processes, high-speed roller feeders have become increasingly popular due to their low malfunction rates, energy efficiency, high automation, and remarkable stability. In this article, we’ll discuss the workings of high-speed roller feeders, their variations, and how to choose the right model for your specific needs.
Understanding the Mechanics of High-Speed Roller Feeders
High-speed roller feeders operate using an intricate system that includes an eccentric disk, universal joint, connecting rod, rocker arm, and transmission shaft. These components work in harmony to drive the feeding roller, without any inherent power source. Instead, the feeder relies on the eccentric disk installed on the punch press output shaft for power transmission. This unique structure and operational principle have led to a vast array of high-speed roller feeder models, with numerous variations to cater to different needs. These variations in feeding widths, feeding pitches, and feeding thicknesses result in a wide range of pricing options.
Selecting the Right High-Speed Roller Feeder for Your Needs
When selecting a high-speed roller feeder for traditional punch presses, there are three essential factors to consider:
- Output Shaft Availability: An output shaft is a must for proper installation and selection of a roller feeder. If your punch press lacks an output shaft, you’ll need to provide a roller feeder and consult the punch press manufacturer for output shaft installation.
- Material Specifications: Determine the maximum material width, material thickness, and feeding pitch required for your materials.
- Punching Speed Requirements: High-speed roller feeders come in standard and high-speed variants. Standard models work well with traditional punch presses and pneumatic precision punch presses, offering a maximum punching speed of about 200 strokes per minute. High-speed models, on the other hand, are designed for high-speed punch presses and can reach up to 600 strokes per minute.
After considering these three factors, you can select the appropriate roller feeder model tailored to your unique needs.
Decoding High-Speed Roller Feeder Model Numbers
High-speed roller feeder model numbers, such as RF-138NS and RF-1310NS, consist of letters and Arabic numerals. The letters “RF” represent an English abbreviation, while the numerals indicate the machine’s maximum feeding width and maximum feeding pitch. The first two digits represent the maximum feeding width, and the last one or two digits represent the maximum feeding pitch. For example, “13” in RF-138NS signifies a maximum feeding width of 130mm, and “8” denotes a maximum feeding length of 80mm.
Planning for Future Production Requirements
When pairing a high-speed roller feeder with a precision punch press, it’s wise for customers with diverse product types to think ahead. Consider the demands of future punching development and choose a slightly larger high-speed roller feeder model to accommodate varied production requirements down the road. This proactive approach ensures you’ll be well-prepared to handle any production changes with ease.