In a tipping application, a friction feeder accurately places a flat tip-on product on to another product moving underneath the feeder (usually on a conveyor). The two products will typically be affixed together using glue sprayed from a hotmelt gluing system.
Multifeeder’s equipment is specially designed for high performance tipping applications. Our friction feeders utilize a 1 horsepower servo motor (the largest in the industry) that makes our feeders strong enough for the most demanding tipping applications. In addition our proprietary servo controls, on-board computer, and tipping software ensure that your Multifeeder system exceeds your stringent tipping requirements.
Multifeeder Technology has four primary software options that can be purchased to ensure that the tip-on product is accurately placed regardless of the speed of the conveyor. These options are: AccuTipping, AccuTipping Repeat, Encoder Timing Compensation, and Speed Compensation.
This is Multifeeder’s trademark method of tipping that allows the friction feeder to tip products in a continuous motion without stopping. This option is available on both our Industrial Performance Series feeders as well as on our Signature Series feeders (in a variation known as ezTipping). The AccuTipping software is quite simply the best in the industry providing the ability for tipping at sustained rates of up to 500 products per minute with accuracies of up to +- 1/32nd of an inch.
Multifeeder Technology has extensive experience integrating its friction feeders into the most demanding tipping applications in the packaging and printing industries. If you have a tipping application that requires high speed and/or tight accuracies then AccuTipping on a Multifeedeer should always be your first choice.
This option is a variation of AccuTipping that is used to ensure that the bottom product (the one getting tipped on to) is always the same distance apart regardless of the speed of the line. Multifeeder Technology always recommends using this software for feeding the bottom product in tipping systems that utilize a vacuum conveyor. This software significantly reduces the variation in placement which can dramatically improve the performance of the overall tipping system.
Encoder Timing Compensation
This option accurately tips the product by feeding at a set speed while varying the amount of time the feeder waits prior to feeding. At full conveyor speed the feeder will be feeding instantly (a wait time of zero) and at a slow speed cutoff the feeder will wait a full predetermined amount of time. Multifeeder Technology primarily uses this software in application where AccuTipping is impractical such as with drop tables, and in cases where some operation needs to run prior to feeding the product.
This is the simplest form of compensation whereby the feeder simply matches the speed of the conveyor when feeding the product. Speed compensation is typically used in cases where accuracy is less important such as when a tip-on product needs to land in a box or between two lugs.
Bobst Folder Gluer
Here we have an MFT 250 mounted onto a bobst folder gluer. The Multifeeder makes feeding CD’s onto a folder-gluer easy. The high speed capability makes the MFT friction feeder the machine of choice.
Modular In-Line Tipping System
Multifeeder Technology manufactures automatic tipping systems that are used to feed a product, and then attach another item to the first product with adhesive. The in-line tipping
system shown to the right consists fo a modular frame that can be positioned, by forklift truck, above an existing product conveyor. As the product advances below the modular frame, it is automatically sensed by the hot melt adhesive system and places adhesive onto the surface of the product.
Multifeeder’s superior computer-controlled servo motor technology monitors and controls the feeding and counting process, and allows placement of the products with high accuracy. This cost-effective system presents a finished product with the promotional item attached, which can be separated by the consumer thanks to a low-tack adhesive. A variety of shapes, thickness, materials, and sizes can be fed automatically.The MFT350ip Friction Feeder automatically senses the prepared primary product, and with a timed placement puts the second product on the adhesive. The combined unit passes beneath a compression roller that securely attaches the two items and is ready for final packaging. The system can be easily moved to another production line or for offline production with a forklift. For standard production, the system can be turned off to allow a normal production flow beneath the system.
- Modular In-Line Tipping System (PDF file)
Kluge Unifold CD Tipping System
The Kluge folder gluer machine feeds a base sheet; a hot melt glue machine applies glue to the base sheet. The MFT 250ip Friction Feeder feeds an insert into the pinch point of a Pressure Roller Assembly to assure proper place of the insert. An optional encoder can be mounted to the folder gluer machine connected to the MFT Friction Feeder to monitor the speed of the folder gluer machine. This allows the feeder to compensate its timing to assure proper placement of the insert regardless of the speed of the folder gluer machine.