Barfeeders are an effective way to increase the productivity of any CNC turning centre and can be retrofitted to any entry level CNC machine as well as multi-tasking turning centres.
However, not all barfeeders are created equal. The Hydrafeed Barfeeder offers a number of key benefits over other brands in the market to further enhance productivity.
A key feature of the Hydrafeed Barfeeder is that it is a full servo-driven barfeed eliminating the need for compressed air. The Hydrafeed also has the versatility to accommodate different bar diameters and lengths including random bar lengths. Suitable for both bar or shaft feed, it also has an automatic back stop function controlled by an existing foot switch.
“One of the other key features is that once you’ve set a bar size and saved the setup, you never have to open the cover again. Simply call up the program from the touch screen and the Hydrafeed will set itself on centreline automatically, thanks to the servo drive bar lifter mechanism,” Dimac Managing Director Paul Fowler said.
The Hydrafeed is quick and easy to set up and enables machine shops to run small batch jobs without excessive set up times. The touch screen is clear and simple to read and a wide variety of models are available to suit any application. The product is CE certified and comes with a comprehensive 12-month warranty.
Whilst the Hydrafeed is an excellent method of increasing productivity, it is when it is paired up with the Royal Rota-Rack that even more production efficiencies are achieved.
Dimac is the exclusive distributor for the patented Royal Rota-Rack; a cost-effective device that safely collects finished parts as they come off a CNC lathe, enabling machine tools to run unattended for extended periods of time.
“With a Hydrafeed Barfeeder and a Royal Rota-Rack working in conjunction, you can add a massive dose of extra productivity. It allows you to keep your machines running long after your last employee has left for the night or over the weekend. As a result, a machine shop’s competitiveness in the market is greatly increased,” said Mr Fowler.
Rota-Rack can be powered using the Hydrafeed’s existing power source, eliminating the need for a separate power supply. For optimum convenience no machine interface is required, electrical or mechanical; the unit simply plugs into a 240v ac outlet. The unique rotary spiral gently guides finished parts to the centre as the turntable rotates and a low-friction UHMW material covers all contact surfaces for superior part protection.
“Best of all, the Hydrafeed and Rota-Rack can be retrofitted to any entry level CNC machine providing a unique automation solution that will improve both productivity and efficiency whilst protecting the finished product,” Mr Fowler concluded.