Need help? Call us at 315-483-6923 and ask for “Becher Air”.
1. What type of warranty is offered? Standard Warranty:
a. The seller warrants equipment of its manufacture against defects in workmanship and material for a period of 12 months from date of shipment from the factory b. The feeder unit has been tooled specifically for your application. Air velocity and volume are preset at the factory and the case has been vented to maintain proper airflow c. Disassembly or modifications to feeder unit may impair operation and/or void warranty
2. What information is required to quote a feeding system for my spring?
a. Spring samples b. Spring drawing including the following:
1. Outside Diameter with tolerance (ID with tol. also acceptable.) 2. Free Length with tolerance 3. Wire Diameter 4. Material 5. Plating or other finish information 6. Number of dead coils 7. Total number of coils (In lieu of a drawing, all information above is required)
3. Can I use one Becmatic Feeder to feed two or more different springs?
a. Each feeder is designed as a customized system to feed one spring. The nozzle is designed to work with the specific characteristics of the spring. b. Occasionally the same feeder can feed two different springs if the two springs are similar in overall size however, the outlet nozzle and tubing may need to be changed to accommodate any differences in Outside Diameter and associated tolerance.
4. What are the best spring characteristics to optimize spring feeding success?
a. Dead coils at each end of spring (2 or more preferable) b. Dead coils in the middle of spring (this is helpful if spring has min. coils per length and is prone to easily getting nested with same spring in a free state) c. The relationship between a spring’s Outside Diameter, its associated tolerance, and its Wire Diameter is very important to the successful feeding of a spring.
1. If a spring has a fine wire diameter and a large tolerance on the OD, the feeder cannot be designed to feed the entire tolerance range (min. – max.) when spring configurations permit nesting. 2. As the wire diameter increases the OD tolerance can be looser. 3. It is preferable if the OD Tolerance Range can be less than the Wire Dia. by .002” – .004” for wire diameters less than .020”.
d. Closed ends are necessary to keep springs separated both in a free state and once springs are fed into tubing in a collimated orientation.
5. Will the Becmatic Feeders feed Painted Springs?
Yes, however, the paint will somewhat dissipate by the tumbling action within our machine requiring the feeder to be cleaned frequently and tubing to be replaced more often than with simply stainless steel, music wire or plated springs.
6. What is the estimated time of delivery for my Becmatic Spring Feeding System from the time Becher Air Components receives my PO and springs required for testing purposes?
4 – 6 weeks
7. Can I use my own tubing or specify the tubing to be used?
Yes, provided we can design the system to work successfully with the tubing you’ve specified.
8. Can I specify the Inside Diameter for the Automatic Escapement nozzle exit to ensure the spring will align with the part I’m dropping the spring into?
9. Can I customize the exit configuration of an Automatic Escapement (AE)?
Yes, we can accommodate your needs with the following options:
a. Increase length of nozzle at exit end of AE b. Specify a custom shape of AE nozzle at exit end c. Add tubing clamp feature to exit end of AE nozzle
Simply clearly define your requirements with a sketch or e-mail when requesting your quote. Our engineering department will work with you to satisfy your requirements.
10. What is the maximum distance I can place an escapement from the outlet of the Becmatic Feeder?
a. We recommend you locate the escapement as close to the feeder as possible (see set-up example). b. Tubing should exit feeder and turn 90° to a vertical orientation as soon as possible without causing tubing to collapse or deform ID (see set-up example). c. If greater than 3 feet of tubing is required, locate feeder in a higher position and allow gravity to work with the column of springs to keep them moving as escapement actuates. (Note: This may not work with very small, lightweight springs and feeder should be left on at all times to keep air pressure assisting spring flow.)
11. Will the Becmatic Feeders feed Torsion Springs?
12. Will the Becmatic Feeders feed Conical Springs?
No. (Yes if orientation is not required and springs cannot nest large end to small end when collimated in tubing.)
13. Will a Becmatic Feeder system orient my non-symmetrical springs/parts?
14. Can I feed extension springs with a Becmatic Feeder system?
15. How often do I need to remove residual springs from the feeder to ensure my feed rate is maintained?
This is unique to each spring. Some springs will feed nearly every spring from the supplied quantity while others can be quite difficult to separate the entire supply quantity.