Air Feeds – Air Operated Press Feeds

Air feeds provide a cost effective solution for coil feeding & processing. Air feeds are suitable for a wide variety of applications, including feeding flat coil or strip stock, wire feeding, dual strip applications, tube feeding, push-pull, and zig-zag.

Our air feed inventory includes the most reliable names in coil processing and press feeding: Coe Press Equipment and Rapid-Air.


 

Coe Press Equipment

Coe Press air feeds feature heavy duty construction and may be press or cabinet mounted. Air feed cylinders are available in ranges of 2-6” diameter air feed cylinders, and utilize a gripping head to hold material in place during the forming/stamping process and a feeding head that moves between positive stops to advance the coil stock. Typically Coe air feeds grip the material from one side; although double sided models that grip from both sides are available for special applications. Coe air feeds models are available to handle 2” to 72” wide materials ranging from .040-.375” thick at adjustable feed lengths up to 48”.

Coe Press air feed

Coe Press air feed

Coe also rebuilds air feeds and offers service parts.

Standard Features

  • Optional "Air Saver" cylinders
  • Hand crank or optional motorized feed stroke adjustment
  • Heavy duty guide bars
  • High strength aluminum gripper assembly
  • Press interface controls

Optional Features

  • Pull-through straighteners
  • Power threading rolls
  • Remote jog control
  • Stroke length indicators
  • Heavy-duty adjustable passline cabinet bases

 

Rapid-Air

Rapid-Air feeds are compact, affordable, and accurate feeding devices. They are often die or bolster mounted. Material is gripped across the top and moved between positive stops. The rear stop is adjustable providing feed stroke length control. The patented dual air valve system provides accurate clamping/feeding sequences to eliminating marring, buckling and distortion.

Rapid Air air feed

Rapid Air air feed

The dual valve system uses one valve to actuate the feed and stock clamp, while the other actuates the slide block. Simultaneous valve operation ensures material is always clamped before slide block movement.

Coil stock such as all types of metal, paper, plastic, wire, fabrics, foil, tubing, extruded and preformed shapes can be fed at short and long progressions, and at different production speeds.

  • Feed flat stock up to 16” (406mm) wide, .150” (3.81mm) thick, and in lengths up to 20” (508mm).
  • Pulling capacities of up to 250 pounds (114kg) are available on heavy duty models.
  • Smallest feed is capable of 260 cycles per minute at a 2” (50.8mm) progression and can cycle much faster at shorter progressions.

Air Feed Model Selection

Model Max
Material
Width
Max
Stroke
Length*1
Stock Thickness*2 Speed
Cycles/
Min.
(recom.)*3
Pulling
Capacity*4
 
A2 1-1/2” (38.1mm) 2” (50mm) .002” – .040” (.051-1.02mm) 260 20 lbs (9.1kg)
A4 1-1/2” (38.1mm) 4” (101mm) .002” – .040” (.051-1.02mm) 200 20 lbs (9.1kg)
A6 1-1/2” (38.1mm) 6” (152mm) .002” – .040” (.051-1.02mm) 160 20 lbs (9.1kg)
A8 1-1/2” (38.1mm) 8” (203mm) .002” – .035” (.051-0.89mm) 130 20 lbs (9.1kg)
 
B2 2-1/2” (63.5mm) 2” (50mm) .002” – .040” (.051-1.02mm) 230 20 lbs (9.1kg)
B4 2-1/2” (63.5mm) 4” (101mm) .002” – .035” (.051-0.89mm) 175 20 lbs (9.1kg)
 
C3 3” (76.2mm) 3” (76mm) .003” – .075” (.076-1.91mm) 195 45 lbs (20.5kg)
C6 3” (76.2mm) 6” (152mm) .003” – .062” (.076-1.57mm) 140 45 lbs (20.5kg)
C12 3” (76.2mm) 12” (305mm) .003” – .062” (.076-1.57mm) 85 45 lbs (20.5kg)
 
D3 4” (101.6mm) 3” (76mm) .003” – .075” (.076-1.91mm) 175 45 lbs (20.5kg)
D6 4” (101.6mm) 6” (152mm) .003” – .062” (.076-1.57mm) 135 45 lbs (20.5kg)
D12 4” (101.6mm) 12” (305mm) .003” – .062” (.076-1.57mm) 85 45 lbs (20.5kg)
 
W6 2” (50.8mm) 6” (152mm) .003” – .090” (.076-2.29mm) 140 100 lbs (45.5kg)
W12 2” (50.8mm) 12” (305mm) .003” – .062” (.076-1.57mm) 85 100 lbs (45.5kg)
W20 2” (50.8mm) 20” (508mm) .003” – .050” (.076-1.27mm) 50 100 lbs (45.5kg)
 
F4 6” (152mm) 4” (101mm) .004” – .075” (.1-1.91mm) 160 100 lbs (45.5kg)
F6 6” (152mm) 6” (152mm) .004” – .075” (.1-1.91mm) 130 100 lbs (45.5kg)
F8 6” (152mm) 8” (203mm) .004” – .062” (.1-1.57mm) 105 100 lbs (45.5kg)
F12 6” (152mm) 12” (305mm) .004” – .050” (.1-1.27mm) 70 100 lbs (45.5kg)
F20 6” (152mm) 20” (508mm) .004” – .035” (.1-0.89mm) 35 100 lbs (45.5kg)
 
H4 8” (203mm) 4” (101mm) .004” – .075” (.1-1.91mm) 160 100 lbs (45.5kg)
H8 8” (203mm) 8” (203mm) .004” – .062” (.1-1.57mm) 105 100 lbs (45.5kg)
H12 8” (203mm) 12” (305mm) .004” – .050” (.1-1.27mm) 70 100 lbs (45.5kg)
 
J4 10” (254mm) 4” (101mm) .004” – .075” (.1-1.91mm) 135 100 lbs (45.5kg)
J12 10” (254mm) 12” (305mm) .004” – .045” (.1-1.14mm) 60 100 lbs (45.5kg)
 
FX6 6” (152mm) 6” (152mm) .005” – .150” (.13-3.81mm) 105 145 lbs (66kg)
FX12 6” (152mm) 12” (305mm) .005” – .150” (.13-3.81mm) 60 145 lbs (66kg)
 
L6 12” (305mm) 6” (152mm) .005” – .090” (.13-2.29mm) 105 145 lbs (66kg)
L12 12” (305mm) 12” (305mm) .005” – .090” (.13-2.29mm) 60 145 lbs (66kg)
L16 12” (305mm) 16” (406mm) .005” – .075” (.13-1.91mm) 40 145 lbs (66kg)
 
P6 16” (406mm) 6” (152mm) .005” – .075” (.13-1.91mm) 105 145 lbs (66kg)
P12 16” (406mm) 12” (305mm) .005” – .062” (.13-1.57mm) 60 145 lbs (66kg)
 
LX12 12” (305mm) 12” (305mm) .005” – .125” (.13-3.18mm) 50 250 lbs (114kg)

*1 Electric Actuating Valve is recommended for feeds that have stroke length over 8” (203mm).
*2 Thinner materials and/or long strokes with thin materials possible by using anti-buckling guides.
Maximum thickness capacity increases by same percentage as stock width decreases (up to max. of 150%).
*3 Approximate at maximum stroke length. Heavy stock requires slower speeds.
*4 At 100 psi (6.9 bar). (Includes allowance for normal friction of moving parts).

You can view the Rapid Air Feed Parts List at our Technical Resources page.

Production Resources offers rebuild kits and complete parts for all Rapid air feeds and coil handling equipment.