What is FlexiBowl?

FlexiBowl is an innovative flexible parts feeder that provides separation of components such as metal, plastic, and rubber. FlexiBowl is versatile and able to feed any object with the help of combined movements provided by a servomotor and an impulse generator.

FlexiBowl is paired with a vibrating bulk feeder and optional motorized hopper.  The bulk feeder releases parts into FlexiBowl and is separated by the combination of bidirectional rotation and impulse generator.  Once the parts are separated, FlexiVision recognizes the objects and sends the coordinates to the robot for pick-up.

The communication with the robot controller and vision system is achieved by sending simple commands through the available communications ports: Ethernet (TCP/IP, UDP/IP), Ethernet/IP, digital I/O.

Customize your FlexiBowl with multiple colors, textures, rotary disks, resistance, and degrees of surface adhesion.

Traditional Operating Mode

 

In the FlexiBowl, the disks are split into three functional sectors.

  1. Dropping (action of the bulk feeder)
  2. Separating (action of the flexible feeder)
  3. Picking (action of the robot)

Dropping, separating, and picking takes place at the same time.  The process lasts around 0.5 seconds, which is a benchmark in the flexible feeding market.

FlexiTrack

FlexiTrack enables the circular conveyor tracker of the FlexiBowl.  The FlexiTrack vision system operates in a separate sector located right before the robot picking area. The robot and vision processing is simultaneous so the time wasted in processing data is reduced.  In this system, a second camera is positioned before the bulk feeder to balance the parts dropping.

Advantages of FlexiTrack
  1. The steady flow of parts reduces the time spent on parts handling.
  2. The vision system processing time has a low impact on the feed rate.
  3. The parts stabilization time is eliminated.
  4. Multiple lighting solutions can be applied without limiting the robot’s movement.
  5. The same productivity as in traditional mode can be obtained with a FlexiBowl size down.
  6. One FlexiTrack replaces two traditional mode feeders saving cost.
  7. The instant cycle time of the Pick & Place is quiet and steady which makes the FlexiTrack suitable for synchronous applications.

Multiple Parts Feeding

Multiple parts feeding allows simultaneous feeding for 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 simple type of component.  Multiple parts feeding allows minimizing layout and production costs.

A different type of surface can be applied to each sector maximizing the feeding experience.

The surfaces are offered in different:

• Colors
• Textures
• Degrees of Adhesion

FDA and antistatic surfaces are also available.  The multiple parts feeding is suitable for applications such as assembly, kitting, and tray loading.

This feature can be equipped with FlexiBowl 500, 650, and 800.

FLEXIBOWL® 200

Ideal for 1-10mm components
Backlight area: 90 cm2

 

Footprint: 254 x 470 mm

 

Recommended bulk feeder: 1.5 l

 

Backlight area (Dim.): 180 x 90.5 mm
Max payload: 1 kg

 

Pick height: 270 mm

 

Recommended part weight: <20 g

 

Recommended part size: 1< x <10 mm

FLEXIBOWL® 350

Ideal for 1-20 mm components

Footprint: 447 mm

 

Backlight area: 166 cm2

 

Recommended bulk feeder: 5/10 l

 

Backlight area (Dim.): 111 x 230 mm
Max payload: 3 kg

 

Pick height: 270 mm

 

Recommended part weight: <40 g

 

Recommended part size: 1< x <20 mm

FLEXIBOWL® 500

Ideal for 5-50 mm components

Footprint: 629 mm

 

Backlight area: 513 cm2

 

Recommended bulk feeder: 10/20 l

 

Backlight area (Dim.): 334 x 167 mm
Max payload: 7 kg

 

Pick height: 270 mm

 

Recommended part weight: <100 g

 

Recommended part size: 5< x <50 mm

FLEXIBOWL® 500 E

Ideal for 5-50 mm components

Footprint: 629 mm

 

Backlight area: 513 cm2

 

Recommended bulk feeder: 10/20 l

 

Backlight area (Dim.): 334 x 167 mm
Max payload: 7 kg

 

Pick height: 270 mm

 

Recommended part weight: <100 g

 

Recommended part size: 5< x <50 mm

FLEXIBOWL® 650

Ideal for 20-110 mm components

Footprint: 788 mm

 

Backlight area: 922 cm2

 

Recommended bulk feeder: 20/40 l

 

Backlight area (Dim.): 404 x 250 mm
Max payload: 7 kg

 

Pick height: 270 mm

 

Recommended part weight: <170 g

 

Recommended part size: 20< x <110 mm

FLEXIBOWL® 800

Ideal for 60-250 mm components

Footprint: 941 mm

 

Backlight area: 1125 cm2

 

Recommended bulk feeder: 20/40 l

 

Backlight area (Dim.): 404 x 325 mm
Max payload: 7 kg

 

Pick height: 270 mm

 

Recommended part weight: <250 g

 

Recommended part size: 60< x <250 mm

Options

Choose the best options for your components.

Backlight

Available in IR, Red, or White

Toplight

Available in IR, Red, or White

Air-Blow

Moves minuscule component away from the edge

Standard Diverter

Redirects the components from the edge

Brush Diverter

Redirects the components from the edge

Wedge Diverter

Deviation system consisting of a wedge located between the steel surface and rotary disk

Quick Emptying

For fast product changeovers

Custom Grooved Disc

Design upon request

Multiple Parts Feeding

Simultaneous feeding of different components

Round Edged Disc

The rotary disc is available in various colors, textures, and degrees of surface adhesion for Flexibowl 200, 350, & 500E

Rotary Disc

The rotary disk is available in various colors, textures, and degrees of surface adhesion for Flexibowl 500, 650 & 800

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