1995-09-01

New Generation Automated Fastener Feed Systems 952169

New fastener feeding approaches are compared with existing bowl feeders and hoppers.
  • A “smart” hopper for headed fasteners and slug rivets combines a fastener sensor with robust mechanics.
  • The coiled tube magazine system uses briefcase sized magazines with integral escapements. These magazines can handle slugs or headed fasteners.
  • For slug rivets, a magazine based system uses off-line loading to eliminate system slow-down due to debris or bulk fastener problems.
  • A system for collars and nuts can feed various fasteners down a flexible tube to the installation point, requiring ten seconds to change fasteners.

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