1st Machine Tool Accessories Ltd

Machine Tool
Workholding Specialists

29th November 2016

Why Choose a Long Barfeeder?

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Choose Iemca and start saving your company money today and everyday. Substantial savings allowing an ROI of 2-3 years can be made by selecting the correct barfeed and correct application.

A barfeed is just a barfeed right? – WRONG – Selecting the wrong barfeed can cause you loss of production, loss of cycle times and material waste which costs you money. Make sure you have the edge on your competition.


Iemca are the world leader in barfeed technology, innovation, and design, and have the widest range on the world market of any barfeed manufacturer. An Iemca Barfeed can increase production, increase cycle times, save money, and offer a quick return on investment.

Barfeeders come in multiple sizes to suit various needs. However, it isn’t just the size of the barfeeder which is different, longer barfeeders have a greater array of features. For example, on a short barfeeder the guide channel does not support the bars, therefore the spindle liner must be replaced for each material size. Compare this to a long barfeeder which has closed guide channels that allow the machining of a wide range of bar diameters using the same channel. Alternatively, switching to another configuration will take just a few minutes.


There are a number of key factors that must be considered before purchasing a new barfeeder. Factors such as the initial investment, the productivity gains, and the footprint of the machine are all obvious and important, but there are more factors that should also be considered. How much remnant wastage there is, and what damage that might cause. Also the length of set-up times, how easy it is to switch between materials, plus how long the barfeeder can run autonomously. All of these things need to be taken into account in order to make an informed decision.

For almost all of these factors, a long barfeeder will win out over a shorter model. First off, a long barfeeder will accept longer bars, which will lead to fewer, shorter remnants, and therefore less wastage. On a short barfeeder, the remnant is ejected into the machine tool, possibly causing damage to machine parts, whereas a long barfeeder will have rear remnant ejection, keeping everything safe and secure. As mentioned previously, short barfeeders require a different liner system for each material size, whereas a long barfeeder accepts a wide range of material diameters using the same channel, reducing set-up and bar changeover times, and therefore increasing efficiency. Finally, with the extended bar magazines available for long bar feeders, multiple bars can be queued up allowing for a much longer ‘lights out’ running capability.

There are two main advantages that a short barfeeder has over a long, and those are a smaller footprint, and a lower initial investment. However, after finding out about the additional savings a longer barfeed can provide, enough space in the workshop and money for the initial investment can usually be found.


1st MTA are able to assess your needs and find the correct Iemca Barfeeder for your situation. If you would like to know more about how you can save time and money, you can contact us on 01725 512517 or enquiries@1mta.com to talk to an Iemca specialist or arrange a FREE visit from one of our technical representatives. We look forward to hearing from you.

The full range of Iemca Barfeeders are available from 1st Machine Tool Accessories.