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Expert Troubleshooting Tips for Your Feed System

Drawing on our experience and expert knowledge in the industry, Mid-State Automation, Inc. in Cloverdale, Indiana, offers feed system troubleshooting tips and other helpful suggestions for your machine operations. Follow our simple guide to recognizing problems with your system. We also offer tuning instructions.

A Guide To Vibratory Parts Orienting Equipment

Our machine operations advice applies to new equipment and older units. Most problems are caused by improper use, installation, or damage from handling. If there is no vibration in your feed system, the following could be reasons why:

• Bowl Or Base Is Making Contact With Other Equipment
• Cord To Feeder Is Damaged Or Unplugged
• Fuse In Controller Is Blown
• Power Supply To Control Is Off
• There Are Small Air Gaps Between Bowl Discharge and Storage Track Or Pick-Up Nest

Other Vibratory Parts Orienting Equipment Issues

If your machine is vibrating but it is slow or there is irregular movement of the parts, we can help with that too. The possible problem could be:

• Bowl Is Mounted But Shakes and Sets Up an Interference Vibration
• Bowl Is Not Secure In All Four Locating Clamps
• Crossarm Clamps Are Not Tight
• Excess Dirt On Bowl Or Parts
• Feeder Bowl Is Overloaded
• Input Voltage To Controller Is Fluctuating
• Leveling Screws On Legs Not Set Firmly
• Lubricant On Parts Or Feeder Bowl
• Mounting Plate Or Table Not Sturdy

Erratic Bowl Speed

If your bowl speed has slowed down or is erratic, first check to make sure all bolts are tight. The feed system requires 250 lb. torque on top and 325 lb. torque on bottom of the spring packs. Then check inside the junction box to determine if the ground wires have shorted out. Replace the coils if there is a short. After that, test the controller to ensure the voltage fluctuates. If there is no fluctuation, call a professional to replace the service kit. Finally, check the springs for cracks and replace with new springs if cracks are found.

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