Selecting the Right Bar Feeders
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A few years ago CNC machines were all about feeds, speed and other kinds of tool specs. While CNC machine capabilities are still an important factor, savvy manufacturers are focusing more towards applying automation for maximizing not only the performance for the CNC machines but the entire process of production.

Internet of things and Industry 4.0 are terms that reflect this trend and point towards improving the tool utilization, reducing waste materials and accelerating throughput.

If you want to achieve a greater manufacturing efficiency, then automatic bar feeders are a viable option for you. The bar feeder that is right for you:
  • Reduces the operator’s effort and time handling raw materials
  • Provides support to bar stock for reducing vibrations that may transfer to cutting zone resulting in surface finish and dimensional problems
  • Allows machine tools to function at right spindle speeds
  • Reduces waste of material
  • Lowers changeover times
  • Provides reliable and consistent operation
The question that’s important for you is, what makes a bar feeder right for you?

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Bar feeder should fit your application precisely to enhance the productivity of operation. That why it is important to consider current requirements as well as future requirements when you’re determining the type of feeder you should buy.

Among the many factors that must be considered are the complete range of diameter of bar stock you will be matching, the size of your production runs, whether small or large, the length of production parts, costs of material, the floor space available and whether you plan to run un-attended production or not. Basic choices include long-form bar feeders capable of loading twelve-foot bar loaders, six-foot loaders and short loaders.


Deciding on a bar feeder’s type and size for your application isn’t enough. It is essential to consider the way the device is going to integrate into the overall manufacturing operation. That is especially important as real-time data is being used nowadays to refine manufacturing processes.

Many bar feeders come equipped with a Parts Library that can hold several parts programs. Bar feeder can automatically detect the program that is being used by CNC lathe and then the correct setup information for that specific part can be provided to enable quick changeovers without any involvement of the operator. This enables production of different products to proceed without any intervention by operators.

Your Budget

Bar feeders are available with different kinds of features and benefits and their price tag differs depending on their capability. For example, JF Berns offers short loaders, six-foot and twelve-foot bar feeders to provide you the performance you require from automated machining. There are also many higher-performing and expensive bar feeders that are used in more critical manufacturing processes.

Your overall production needs and specific application should determine the kind of bar feeder you should buy. Once you have determined the bar feeder that’s right for you, check out our product catalogue to buy one.


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