CNC Indexing & Feeding Technologies is one of the premier suppliers of quality machine tool accessories assisting manufacturers in maximizing productivity and profitability. We can help you meet your bar feeding requirements whether it is a 4’ bar loader or a 6′ or 12’ hydrodynamic magazine bar feeder. Our TRACER bar loader and bar feeder products include:
Things to consider when choosing a bar loader or bar feeder:
Depending on the CNC model, size, and brand, workshops can benefit the most by choosing particular bar feeder models that are perfectly compatible with the existing equipment. Technical specifications that define this interoperability are of the utmost importance in order to narrow down the choices initially. After that, buyers may pay special attention to the following four factors when choosing the right machine tool accessories:
The size of the bar loader or feeder determines how many metal bars can be loaded. Different bar gauges will yield different results, so it is important to know how many bars you can load into the unit beforehand. This detail determines whether a particular bar loader or feeder can execute during night shifts (8 hours), or even holidays (24 hours).
2. Part and Spindle Length
For workshop units that are dedicated to the production of particular pieces, it is very important to first determine the exact length of the metal bar needed for each workpiece. This, combined with the length of the bar remnant inside the spindle itself, will provide an accurate approximation of how many workpieces can be produced out of a single bar. This element is very important considering the cost of wasted material and the time needed for the loading of a new bar.
3. Floor Space
CNCs are already bulky and as bar loaders and feeders are attached on the one side of them floor space may become an issue. Before choosing the right bar loader or feeder, consider the available workshop floor area and make sure that it is enough for technicians to perform routine maintenance work. While many things can be modified, the size of the bar loader or feeder and the workspace cannot, so know your space limitations before buying.
4. Unmanned Operations to Increase Throughput
Managing resources to increase throughput is essential to a shop’s overall economic health. In order to accomplish this, today’s machinery must have automation so operator’s can perform multiple jobs at the same time. Modern bar loaders and feeders boast multiple sensors, load meters and infrared checkpoints that allows an operator the ability to easily and quickly monitor the overall operation of the equipment they are running. These features also allow for safer work environments for employees and can prevent costly damage to both the equipment and part run.