In recycling, vibrating feeders are used to either interface material or spread it out.
Interfacing Vibrating Feeders
Interfacing vibrating feeders are used to receive product, usually from a hopper or loader, and pass it for further processing. Some examples of interfacing vibrating feeders include:
- A vibrating feeder that is fed by an excavator which then feeds onto a belt.
- Withdrawing material from a storage hopper above and fed onto a sorting conveyor.
- Take a load from a truck and slowly feed onto an elevated conveyor.
Vibrating Feeders for Spreading
Sorting stations require a low material depth to allow easy identification for manual withdrawal. Optical sorters require a low material depth and an even material feed in order to operate correctly. Recycling vibrating feeders are also used to pass material evenly onto a screen surface.
Twin mass drive systems are usually used on these types of feeders to minimise vibration passed to the sensitive sorting machines and to allow for a large change in feed rate.