Pineberry Mfg.: Friction Feeder

Open Source HSF friction feeder designed to reduce downtime and eliminate the need for proprietary electrical components.

Open Source HSF friction feeder designed to reduce downtime and eliminate the need for proprietary electrical components.
Open Source HSF friction feeder designed to reduce downtime and eliminate the need for proprietary electrical components.

Built with 100% non-proprietary electronic components, Pineberry Manufacturing Inc.’s Open Source HSF Friction Feeder provides operational simplicity, reliability, robustnessand cost efficiency. The HSF can be easily integrated into manual and automated lines, and comes with a user-friendly touchscreen display.

A three-year and growing partnership between Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. and Schneider Electric has helped build the friction feeder.

The HSF unit with a Schneider PLC touchscreen controller reduces the overall number of components to the machine. That means fewer connections, and wires going from the combination of the HMI PLC and the power supply servo control power supply that was previously in a large 24x24-in. grey box are now incorporated in the integrated servile device.

The HSF Friction Feeder is a simplified, compact, cost-effective solution that adds to the performance of the machine. By moving from that large grey control panel box to nothing, friction feeders are now portable.

The controller itself has replaced proprietary control boards. All the parameters that are only accessible through a PC or laptop are now displayed on a simple photographic terminal. It’s a smarter machine, yet simple to use. It allows users to acquire information from the terminal through an app on a smartphone.

The Pineberry HSF Friction Feeder with Schneider Electric touchscreen controls provide the end user/operator with ease-of-use and full availability of real-time machine performance data. The feeder is built to deliver optimal speed and accuracy.

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