The Feedinator1000 employs four sensors, and two serial ports for operation. The sensors are used to optimize the rate of rotation to match the consumption of the device it is feeding. The serial ports are for command, control and data logging, suitable for integration into third party products.
Jamming events are sensed by a rotary encoder, and current detector. When an event is detected, the pate rotates backwards. If the jam is recoverable, operation continues as normal. If the Feedinator1000 is unable to clear itself, a message is transmitted, and the optional host software will emit an alarm.
*Optimized Plate Rotation
The shell plate speed is regulated by a feedback mechanism with flexible and stiff control loops. The flexible loop attempts to match the speed of the plate to the consuming device and is regulated by the brass sensor. The stiff loop attempts top maximize throughput and increases maximum allowable plate speed until a jam occurs.
*Feeder Empty Status
Using the current, brass and rotary sensors, the Feedinator1000 is able to determine when it is empty. In this event, a message is sent via serial, and stops rotation of the plate. If the Sortinator1000 is present, this message pauses the Sortinator, and the toggle switch unpauses the sorter. The empty status is reset by toggling the switch.
The toggle switch performs two functions. First, it serves as the on/off switch for the feeder. Second, it indicates when brass is resupplied.
Features of the Feedinator that are typically not found on other more expensive feeders:
Modular exit chutes optimized for one caliber.
About five minutes to swap out
Low cost, about $20 per caliber
Modular shell plates optimized for each caliber
Clear base for monitoring of hopper
Thumb hole that allows easy removal of shell plate
Solid state non-contact sensors for reliable feeding
Self adjusting feedback loop optimizes speed
Multiple sensors detect jams and auto correct the problem
Serial interface via USB or I2C for integration into other equipment
Software API available
The firmware of your case feeder can be updated with these utilities. You will need the Teensy Loader application from PJRC, and a firmware file from Hasgrok.com. If you require simple modifications, a firmware can be made to your specifications.