AFM Engineering Corporation
AFM Engineering Corporation located in Brooklyn, Connecticut, was established in 1990. During this time, through superior craftsmanship, excellence in our customer service and the highest standards of quality assured products, we have grown into one of New England's largest feeder bowl and parts handling equipment companies.
AFM began by distributing equipment locally, enabling us to focus on total customer satisfaction. Today we are proud to accommodate worldwide sales while continuing to integrate the greatest efficiency, reliability and quality to your company, all with rock-solid service.
AFM is a custom Automation-Fabrication-and Machine manufacturer specializing in vibratory feeder bowls (systems) and parts handling / transferring equipment. Other products include: basic stainless 304 steel feeder bowls, coatings, vibratory drive units, gravity tracks, vibratory inlines, belt / vibrating conveyors, quenching conveyors, storage hoppers, sound enclosures, custom fabricated tables, risers, escapements, part-placing and part-orientating mechanisms, assembly machines, packaging machines, secondary operations and many other related fabrication or custom components.
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What is the advantage of incorporating vibratory feeder bowls into your company? In today's market, there is a demand for higher production rates, greater efficiency and higher quality assurance to the parts being produced or assembled, all at a decreased cost to the company. This becomes many manufacturers number one problem. How do feeder bowls help to alleviate all of the above problems and concerns? That is simple.
Feeder bowls are built around the concept of the anticipated needed feed rate. When an operator or assembler takes parts and hand feeds an assembly / production machine, the feed rate varies minute to minute. Because of the human factor the machine is able to receive a certain amount of parts depending solely on the one operator's speed.
Feeder bowls are designed to feed a known minute rate, never to be under the minimal needed rate requested by the customer. Feeder bowls can be fabricated with dual tracks or multiple tracks, if applicable, to increase the production rates sometimes by double. Machines, such as feeder bowls, are designed to run 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
As per the usual setup in a manufacturing plant, you have one operator per machine whether they be assembling products, boxing finished items, or counting parts for shipment, they are still only able to handle one machine and that product specified for their area. With the feeder bowl application in place of the operator feeding the parts or assembling the parts, the same operator can watch two or more machines do the production and they are able to double or even triple their past part production assembling per hour. This benefits the manufacturer by having the ability to ship an increased amount of finished product to their customer and the company obviously benefits by increasing their net for the year. Assembly machines are similar in having one operator man the process of the machine and enabling them to guarantee a certain amount of finished assembled parts by days end.
Feeder bowls can also be fabricated with the intention to feed and then count finished products quicker than the human eye is able to do.
Feeder bowls are machines and therefore are proven to be faster than humans, but they can also aid in picking out part flaws which may be missed by the human eye. Orientation of the parts needing to be fed into a production machine or another assembly machine may be mis-fed by an operator while the feeder bowls are built to orientate the parts a certain guaranteed way thus decreasing the possibility of flawed finished products. Vision systems, used to guarantee the inspection of finished products, have been increasing their use of feederbowls due to their ability to guarantee the correct orientation of parts and increased feed rates.
Quality Assurance (QA) is an ever-growing part of a manufacturer's work place. To enable a better product at a reduced price, the work place of tomorrow needs to continually work on improving the QA of their institution. Vibratory feeder bowls aid in this process and increase the QA further when placed in an inspection station such as a vision system. The vision system can inspect the parts at a quoted rate from the feeder bowl application, with a precise orientation that the customer requests, and the end product benefits by decreasing re-calls on products or by decreasing the amount of wasted flawed products. QA when utilized to its maximum capacity can be a benefit to not only the customer but to the manufacturer by producing a better end product and therefore a name of excellence for the manufacturer, increasing their clientele.
Manufacturers benefit in numerous ways by incorporating feeder bowls into their work area. Not only are machines able to feed parts quicker and be produced to notice flaws on parts, but the operator can watch more machines which will increase your finished amount of product, in turn increasing profit. They are built to be OSHA approved and safeguards are placed to protect the operators. When needed, sound enclosures are offered to reduce noise to acceptable levels safe for the employees of your company.
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