1194 Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN 55337
For technical assistance please contact:
Bob Mesenbrink, Manufacturing Supervisor
Cut Sheets for commonly used materials
Upon receiving this feeding system or machine inspect the shipping crate for any sign of damage. If you notice any damage to the crate, notify the carrier immediately, and document the damage with the driver. This damage must be documented on the bill of lading. Bring this damage to the attention of the driver and the claims department. Have the driver contact his main office immediately. The carriers have shipping insurance, but the proper documentation must be submitted. We would suggest pictures get taken of the damage to further your claim. Contact M & S for any help with this claims procedure.
During the uncrating process inspect for any damage that may have occurred during shipping. Notify the carrier immediately if any is noted.
Please notify M & S if any damage is discovered so we can assist in any way.
Never operate the vibratory components without the controls. The vibratory controls are used to reduce the power through the variacs. Damage may occur if the components themselves are plugged into wall current.
It is very important that the vibratory systems are mounted solidly to the floor or mounting table. If the feeding systems are not on a solid surface the vibration will be minimized or “thrown off” to a point where the equipment will not perform properly.
Inspect the feeding system components to be certain that all fasteners are tight. Any loose bolt may affect the feeder’s performance. This is the number one cause of feeder problems.
The vibratory feeder components require an air gap equal to the coil gap listedin the specification section of this manual. If the vibratory components are too close to any rigid components the result would be either a banging noise or reduced vibration in the vibratory equipment. This is the number 2 cause of feeder problems.
Each vibratory component is specifically tuned for the exact weight of the bowl, track, or hopper attached to it. Any addition or reduction in this weight, or position, may have adverse affects on the operation of the equipment. This is the number 3 cause of feeder problems.
PLEASE CONSULT M & S PRIOR TO ALTERING ANY
PURCHASED FEEDING EQUIPMENT. UNAUTHORIZED
CHANGES MAY AFFECT THE WARRANTY FOR THIS EQUIPMENT
Each vibratory feeding system component is supplied with it’s own variable SPEED CONTROL. This is a solid-state control unit tuned specifically for the component it is listed for. Some units require half-wave or DC current, others are interlocked to high-level sensors, and some require higher amp fuses. For this reason do not swap the locations where the cords plug in to the controls. Controls should be marked for the correct component it will operate.
RUNNING THE FEEDER BOWL
Filling the feeder bowl to the correct depth of parts is important. Too many or too few parts in the bowl will have adverse affects on the feeder bowl’s performance. We normally recommend the use of a hopper to automatically keep the bowl to the correct level. If no hopper is used, then the operator must insure that there are enough parts in the bowl to achieve proper running characteristics. Parts must also flow freely back into the feeder bowl through the return pan hole. Too many parts in the bowl will cause this return pan to overfill and either jam, or affect the correctly oriented parts discharging from the feeder bowl.
M & S VIDEO TAPES EVERY SYSTEM RUNNING BEFORE IT IS SHIPPED.
IF THERE IS ANY PROBLEM SETTING THE HEIGHT OF PRODUCT,
OR RUNNING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FEEDER SYSTEM,
CONTACT M & S FOR A COPY OF THIS VIDEO.
RUNNING THE INLINE FEEDER
If this system is equipped with a vibratory inline feeder, it has already been pre-positioned at the factory. Unless the system got altered in shipping, it should not require any further alignment.
It is again very important that the system be solidly set to the floor. The most common cause of poor performance in a vibratory system component, especially inline tracks, is a less than solid mount.
Fine-tune the feed of the track by simply adjusting the speed control. See the settings chart for the operating speed that worked best at M & S, as a base line for start-up.
TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS
PROBLEM: Feeder bowl does not run, or runs erratically.
AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF OPERATION, SOME FASTENERS MAY LOOSEN. TIGHTEN ALL FASTENERS AS TIGHT AS POSSIBLE, WITHOUT STRIPPING THE THREADS. EVEN ONE FASTENER LESS THAN VERY TIGHT, WILL AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF THE EQUIPMENT.
PROBLEM: The hopper will not run
PROBLEM: The inline track will not run
PROBLEM: Coil Banging
Check coil tightness, and the prescribed gap in the settings section. Check the gap with a feeler gauge between the coil face and the pole face. If adjustment is required, use the four adjustment screws on the coil-mounting bracket. Two screws are jackscrews, and two are pulling screws. Loosen two opposite screws to begin the adjustment procedure.
PROBLEM: Cracked or broken springs
Replace springs as required. During years of normal operation some springs may fatigue and break or crack. Replacement springs may be ordered from M & S. When checking or replacing springs, be certain that ALL FASTENERS ARE TIGHT. Also, be certain that the spring spacers are positioned correctly between the springs.
AIR JETS, REGULATORS, AND AIR LINES
If your feeding system is equipped with air jets, they have been positioned to perform a specific and sometimes critical task. Unless it is obvious that they are not performing correctly, you should avoid making any adjustments to them.
ADJUSTING OR BENDING AIR JETS MAY VOID THE WARRANTY.
CONSULT M & S PRIOR TO MAKING ANY AIR JET ADJUSTMENTS.
Make sure the regulator is set up to the correct pressure reading, per the settings chart.
If adjustments are required, start by turning the needle valve slightly up or down. Try to mark or somehow note the position of the needle valve, so it can be reset where it was if the adjustment is unsuccessful.
IF BOWL/TRACK RUNS SLOW: