Barfeeder provides automatic operation with range of bar sizes

The IEMCA Master 80 HF bar feeder, available in three variants from Kitagawa Europe, provides automatic operation and accommodates stock from 15 mm to 80 mm diameter, as well as, a wide variety of hexagonal and square section profiles.

Single plane (MP type) units provide 320 mm of rack space, with versions to accommodate maximum bar lengths of 2.3 m, 3.3 m, 3.8 m and 4.3 m. F type feeders accommodate up to 2.5 tonnes of bundled raw material and can be supplied in an extended length version, capable of handling bars up to 6.3 metres long. A multi-rack (P type) model is also available, which provides 1,800 mm of rack space to cater for extended periods of unattended running and "lights out" manufacturing operations. The Master 80 HF bar feeder is fully automatic in operation, with all working parameters and magazine adjustments controlled by simply defining the required bar diameter on the hand held control panel, the feeder incorporates remnant retrieval and management on all models. The bar feeder design enables a single sized guide channel to be used throughout its capacity range, allowing machine changeovers to be completed in 60 seconds. The unit's two-part front bush accurately guides the bar between feeder and lathe, and can be changed in less than 30 seconds. In addition, replacement of the loader's fully enclosed guide channels can be completed without tools in under two minutes. These minimal downtimes mean the Master 80 HF is particularly suited for production operations involving more than one job change per day.