Zone: Bar Feeders & Material Handling

OVERVIEW: Bar feeders are perhaps the most common material handling accessories found in metalworking shops. Generally applied to turning machines, they can also be applied to VMCs allowing the machining centers to overcome the production limits of table size. Whether used in turning or machining, the bar feeder is designed to deliver a continuous supply of machining stock to the machine tool. The raw stock can be round, square, hex or extruded. Magazine attachments increase the capacity of the bar feeder for unattended or lightly attended operation. Other material handling devices include internal or external loading and unloading of the machine tool. Robots, gantry loading and unloading material handling devices are included in this class of technology. Likewise, conveyors, bowl feeders and other types of material handling equipment allow cut-to-length blanks, castings and forgings to be loaded and unloaded at the machine tool.

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Magazine Bar Feeder

Bar Feeder Basics

Some primary factors are often overlooked when considering how to justify the implementation of a bar feeder for turning operations....MORE

Peak Performance in the Machining Lab

Matching the right equipment for the job and having quality employees to handle the work is paying big dividends for this precision shop....MORE

Bar Feeder Automates Part Production

Designed to boost productivity through streamlined operation, Haas Automation's latest bar feeder model is built for use with Haas ST-10 through ST-35 and DS series CNC turning centers....MORE


Bar Puller Features Self-Adjustment

The EZ-Puller, from Accudyne Corporation, addresses a series of bar puller concerns with its own approach to pulling barstock....MORE

Automated Grinding Cell Adds Capacity

Like many shops facing changes in customer demands, Pennsylvania-based American Turned Products (ATP) is making the necessary adjustments and adding operations to continue to compete in the difficult, high volume market. One of those adjustments is the company’s recent installation of an automated centerless grinding cell. ...MORE

FANUC Developing Open Platform for Connecting CNCs, Robots, Peripheral Devices, Sensors

The system in development is part of a collaboration between FANUC and three other automation and Internet of Things providers. ...MORE

Three Technology Takeaways from FANUC Tour

New CNC, automation and Internet of Things technologies stood out during a recent event at FANUC’s manufacturing campus in Japan. ...MORE

Parts Feeder

Developing a Company Plan for Robotics

It’s a good time for shops to re-evaluate the impact robotic automation can have on productivity. ...MORE

NTMA Members Share Observations after Japan Manufacturing Tour

U.S. shop owners and managers comment on the plants they visited, automation and culture, and the value of getting to see manufacturers far away in the company of other shop leaders. ...MORE

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