ST. LOUIS, MO – Edge Technologies introduces the new FMB 20-100 bar feeder at IMTS 2014, Booth #S-8348. This unit expands on the already established Turbo “Heavy Metal” line of hydrodynamic 12’ through 24’ Bar Loading Magazine Feeders. Quick change polyurethane guide channels allow for quiet operation at high RPM while feeding round, square or hex bar stock. This unit also offers a one size channel set that automatically adjusts for all material sizes. This feeder is compatible with all types of sliding or fixed, CNC or cam operated lathes with spindle bores up to 102mm.
The robust design of the Turbo 20-100’s cast iron base and support stands are resistant to flexing. With the unit weighing over 8,200 pounds, this keeps vibration from bent bars to a minimum, so a smooth operation is guaranteed. Double-pusher space-saving design is 4 foot shorter than single pusher bar feeders.
The Turbo 20-100 features a Bosch IndraDrive controller with a servo motor drive to the feed mechanism. Flexible control of bar length and rate of feed guarantees the optimum practical and economic use of the bar feeder. Easy options on the operator control panel guarantee proper interaction between the bar feeder and the CNC lathe, with parameters clearly shown on the text display.
The polyurethane guide channels can be changed quickly and easily in about 10 minutes to accommodate multiple bar stock diameters. Oil filled guide channels envelope the stock, providing the ideal guiding system for high RPM turning operations. During this process the rotation of the bar creates a hydro-dynamic effect, centering the bar stock in the channel reducing noise and vibration. The guide channel is securely closed with a toggle lever system while machining bars.
A Roller Steady device on the Turbo guides the bar stock between the bar feeder and lathe. Rollers or blocks provide excellent feeding of round or profiled material. The rollers are quickly adjusted to the bar diameter.
Bars are placed in the storage magazine at the side of the guide channel. This area features a loading capacity of 11 inches. The new bar is automatically positioned in the lathe ready for facing before the first component is produced. Loading time for a 12‘bar is 30 seconds. Maximum adjustable feeding speed is 700 mm per second and maximum adjustable return speed is 1000 mm per second.
The bar remnants are withdrawn to the back end of the magazine and a gripper extracts it out of the collet and deposits it in a remnant basket. The gripping device is used to both insert the new bar into the bar stock collet and to extract the remnant. It is not necessary to chamfer the bar if it is cleanly cut. No adjustment for bar size is necessary and it is completely “Self-Centering”. Bar pusher collet changes can be done less than 1 minute.
Edge Technologies is a leading productivity solutions provider to the precision metal working industry. Edge Technologies has extensive experience and a history of success and innovation demonstrated by 30 years providing bar feeder and lathe automation solutions, including over 10,000 successful installations of magazine bar feeders in the North American marketplace.
Sales Contact: Mr. Rick Bauer
Sales & Operations Manager
11600 Adie Road
St. Louis, MO 63043