Automated Feeding & Handling

Vibratory Bowl Feeders, Centrifugal Feeders, Step Feeders, Other Feeding Solutions

Automated feeding and handling system

APL provide automatic parts handling & orienting systems for high volume production including Bowl Feeders, Centrifugal Feeders, Step Feeders.

APL offer

  • Vibratory Bowl Feeders
  • Linear Feeders
  • Flexible Feeders
  • Centrifugal Feeders
  • Step Feeders
  • Other Feeding Solutions
  • All equipment is manufactured to the highest standards of quality upon which we have built our reputation. UL/CSA Approved. Our product range is manufactured to meet the highest demands of the food and pharmaceutical industries and also includes equipment manufactured to UL and CSA standards.

    With many years experience in the automation and parts handling industry we have earned a reputation for the most robust and reliable equipment on the market. We provide an extensive range of the most efficient drive units, controllers and accessories for either standard or special requirements.


    Standard Range

    APL provide standard and bespoke feeding systems.

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    Flexible Feeder | VariFeed™

    Flexible Feeder | VariFeed™

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    Flexible Feeder | VariFeed™

    Flexible Feeder | VariFeed™

    VariFeed™ is a high-speed, automated feeding system for handling Wrapped Chocolate Bars, Cereal Bars, Protein Bars, Energy Bars, and Fruit Bars.

    Included in VariFeed™
    ■ Bulk Hopper (depending on application)
    ■ Bowl Feeder/Centrifugal Feeder
    ■ Conveyor transfer system (depending on application)
    ■ PLC Control System (Siemens)


    Flexible Feeder | VariPic™

    Flexible Feeder | VariPic™

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    Flexible Feeder | VariPic™

    Flexible Feeder | VariPic™

    VariPic™ flexible feeding system is a compact and proven package for handling complex and varied products, pre-configured and ready to use for fast integration. The solution combines robotics with intelligent vision software to deliver a complete system for flexible part feeding.

    Included in VariPic™
    ■ VariPic™ Conveyor
    ■ A suitable 6-axis robot depending on payload and reach
    ■ Vision Inspection System
    ■ Conveyor feeding system (depending on application)
    ■ Hopper (depending on application)
    ■ Integrated control system with HMI
    ■ Interlocked guarding


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    Vibratory Bowl Feeders

    Automated Production Ltd provide a complete range of standard equipment for vibratory bowl feeders, includes drive units, bowls, bowl centres, control units and additional accessories (stands, base plates, sound covers and sensors). Special requirements are available upon request.

    • Custom designed and tooled
    • Standard, off-the-shelf equipment
    • Cost-efficient drive technology
    • Compact design
    • Low noise level
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    Linear Feeders

    Vibratory linear feeders enable a linear sorting and orientating. APL vibratory linear feeders are also available in a multi-track design to provide higher outputs. Misorientated components are returned to prefeeders via a chute and vibration tray. In addition to horizontal conveying of components, vibratory linear feeders can be used to handle irregular component parts from upstream equipment, creating a buffer store and smooth flow for further processes.

    APL supplies vibratory linear feeders which are renowned for their high feed performance and long tracks in reliability in demanding conditions.

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    Centrifugal Feeders

    APL supplies centrifugal feeding system which are renowned for their high feed performance.

    • High feed rates
    • Gentle handling of component parts
    • Suitable for complicated parts
    • Less Maintenance
    • Quiet
    • Quick Changeover
    • Adjustable tooling
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    Step Feeders

    Our step feeders (ST) are perfectly suitable for component parts with small details. They are easy to retool and have variable speeds.

    The component parts are collected from the hopper by elevating plates, pre-sorted and fed until they reach the desired transfer height. Key features of the step feeder are that it operates quietly and without vibration. The step feeder can be adapted and integrated with multi-lane tracks to meet your needs.

    • Adjustable conveying speeds
    • Easy retooling
    • Quiet Operation
    • Gentle Part Handling
    • Durable
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    Other Feeding Solutions

    Tailored to your needs, we supply feeding solutions that provide the sorted component parts for the assembly process.

    • Multiple supply devices
    • Belt Elevator Feeders
    • Rotary tables
    • Blow-feed stations
    • Robots
    • Vision systems
    • Transfer stations
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    316L stainless steel bowl feeder with a medical grade electropolishing finish

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    VariPic Flexible Feed System 800 600

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    Industiral feeding system VariFeed™ handles Wrapped Chocolate Bars

    VariFeed™ handles Wrapped Chocolate Bars

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    Pick to pack automated system

    Pick to Pack Automated System

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