Patent Number: 6,332,558

Title: Chip feeder and chip feeding system

Abstract: A chip feeder for feeding chips stored in bulk in a case thereof, one by one, from a chip-supply portion thereof, the chip feeder including a partition plate which parts an inner space of the case into a plurality of rooms, the partition plate having an opening which extends in a direction intersecting a horizontal plane and which communicates the respective rooms on both sides of the partition plate, with each other, a movable partition member which extends across the opening of the partition plate and which is movable relative to the opening in the direction intersecting the horizontal plane, and a movable-partition-member control device which controls the movable partition member so that a lower portion of the movable partition member sinks in an upper portion of a mass of the chips stored in bulk in the case and an upper portion of the movable partition member projects upward from the mass of the chips.

Inventors: Udagawa; Akihiro (Toyota, JP), Tsuda; Mamoru (Okazaki, JP)

Assignee: Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd.

International Classification: H05K 13/02 (20060101); B65H 003/60 (); B67D 005/06 (); B01F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018