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Faculty Mentor

Shawn Duan

Abstract

Vibratory feeder bowls are used to feed small parts into various stations. At each station the parts will be rejected or accepted depending on the orientation of the part. This analysis was for Royal Plastics, Inc. who was looking to increase the production by increasing the part feed rate of one of their vibratory feeder bowls. As the parts are orientated they will be fed to a new station and often used in robotic systems that produce larger assembled products. The scope of this analysis is to produce a detailed analysis of the vibration system required to move parts through the system. Using MATLAB, we were able to model the system and show how different spring configuration would affect the flow of the parts through the system. From this analysis, we were able in to increase production and reliability of the system.

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