Board feeder


// Quality Products

Board loader systems

Our blank loader systems are speci­ally deve­loped for use in cutting and forming presses and offer reliable and precise hand­ling of work­pieces. The range of appli­ca­tions extends from the produc­tion of small parts to the manu­fac­ture of car body parts or refrigerators.


Blank loader systems are used in a wide range of appli­ca­tions in the auto­mo­tive industry and in the produc­tion of white goods. They are charac­te­rised by their high perfor­mance and relia­bi­lity, making them an important part of our custo­mers’ produc­tion processes.


The systems are manu­fac­tured exclu­si­vely in Germany. Our employees have many years of expe­ri­ence in the deve­lo­p­ment and manu­fac­ture of blank loader systems.


We have been a reliable partner for our custo­mers for decades. We offer not only high-quality products, but also excel­lent service and compre­hen­sive advice to ensure that our custo­mers receive the best solu­tions for their produc­tion processes. We work closely with our custo­mers to develop indi­vi­dual solu­tions and deliver custo­mised blank loader systems that meet the specific requi­re­ments of each customer.









// Options

Board loader systems from Hagel Automation

Our blank loaders usually consist of a combi­na­tion of a feeder and an indexing conveyor. The feeder removes the work­pieces from the stacks of blanks and places them on the indexing conveyor. The indexing conveyor then feeds the work­pieces to the transfer.
Alter­na­tively, the work­pieces can be trans­ferred directly to an indexing conveyor via a lifting unit, which feeds the work­pieces to the transfer.


Multiple circuit boards
Depen­ding on the confi­gu­ra­tion of the sheet metal parts or the system, double or quadruple circuit board arran­ge­ments are possible.


Spray lubri­ca­tion of the blanks, inclu­ding extra­c­tion, can be easily inte­grated into all systems.
Cent­ring station
The blanks can be easily centred before being trans­ferred to the transfer.
The solu­tions here range from manual options to fully auto­matic format adjustment.


Rotary axis
Depen­ding on the requi­re­ments and part format, the sheet metal parts can be brought into a favourable orien­ta­tion via a rotary axis.


Elec­trical control
Our stan­dar­dised system control consis­ting of Siemens compon­ents enables reliable avai­la­bi­lity and commu­ni­ca­tion between a wide range of components.
Through constant further deve­lo­p­ment and inno­va­tion, we always work with the latest technology


The user inter­face is desi­gned to be intui­tive and user-friendly, so that even inex­pe­ri­enced opera­tors can quickly fami­lia­rise them­selves with the controls.
Our extended service func­tions support the rapid recti­fi­ca­tion of any faults
Martin Hagel 
Head of Automation 
+49 751 56082 – 0 
isolator board feeder

// diffe­rent variants

Board loader


Board loader 360

This appli­ca­tion requires a high degree of flexi­bi­lity from the blank loader. The produc­tion requi­re­ments included three opera­ting modes:
  1. Sheet metal coil to press
    In this opera­ting mode, blanks are cut directly from the coil using scis­sors and fed directly to the press by the blank loader.
  2. Stacking trolley for press
    As a further opera­ting mode, sheet metal parts that are provided on a stacking trolley are also fed to the press from the feeder.
  3. Sheet metal coil to stacking trolley
    In addi­tion, sheets cut from the coil can also be stacked in the stacking trolley and used as a buffer.

Blank loader with double sheet separation


In this appli­ca­tion for the produc­tion of visible parts in the auto­mo­tive industry, printed circuit boards are further processed. Due to their nature, the blanks tend to stick together.


For this reason, addi­tional pneu­matic grip­pers were inte­grated into this system on the conveyor line in order to sepa­rate any double blanks during the process without risking machine down­time. Dischar­ging the blanks was not an option here as this is a high-quality primary material.
Stacking of blanks
18_Pullmatic loader

Blank loader Multi Parts

In this appli­ca­tion for the produc­tion of trans­mis­sion compon­ents, the compon­ents are provided in a stan­dar­dised container in a 3x3 to 5x5 matrix, depen­ding on the diameter.


The blank loader removes 3 to 5 blanks accor­dingly and places them on the cycle belt. The blanks are brought to a fixed step distance by trans­fer­ring and clocking them accor­dingly. The blanks are then centred, opti­cally measured and then trans­ferred to the press in the correct position.


Board loader as retrofit


This blank loader concept offers the possi­bi­lity of feeding pre-cut blanks as a mobile retrofit to an exis­ting press with coil line.


The blank loader can be loaded manu­ally alter­na­tely for unin­ter­rupted opera­tion. The feeder places the work­pieces on the indexing conveyor.
The indexing conveyor trans­ports the blanks into the press at right angles to the throughput direc­tion of the trans­fers. There, the blank is lifted onto the trans­port level in synchro­ni­sa­tion with the cycle of the compo­nent and taken over by the transfer.


The blank loader can be posi­tioned on the press using a fork­lift truck or crane.
17_Erdrich Lader

// Picture gallery

Board loader in use

Here you will find pictures and videos from instal­la­tion to use by the end customer.

Let us inspire you and convince you of our exper­tise and experience.

// Custo­mised solutions

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// FAQ

Questions and answers

How long does a stack change take?

Normally, the sheet stacks are changed within a few minutes.
However, this does not inter­rupt the produc­tion process, as the sheets are removed from another stack during the stack change.

What is a PCB loader?

A blank loader is a specia­lised auto­mated hand­ling device that feeds pre-cut sheet metal parts into a mostly multi-stage forming process.

What does a PCB loader do?

A blank loader feeds pre-cut sheet metal parts to a further cutting or forming process.

Which parts are produced with blank loaders?

The work­pieces fed by the blank loader are sheet metal parts that are produced in a multi-stage forming process using a forming press.

How does a circuit board loader work?

Blank loaders destack sheets from a stack of sheets and feed them in a synchro­nised manner to a further cutting or forming process.

What are the advantages of a PCB loader?

Pre-cut blanks can be produced in a mate­rial-saving manner and then fed into the further cutting and forming process with the aid of a blank loader.

How fast is a circuit board loader like this?

In stan­dard appli­ca­tions in the auto­mo­tive industry, the stroke rate is usually between 15 and 30 strokes/min.
Depen­ding on the appli­ca­tion, however, a stroke rate of up to 60 strokes/min is also possible.

Why a blank loader from Hagel Automation?

A blank loader from Hagel Auto­ma­tion is a good choice, as the company has many years of expe­ri­ence and exper­tise in the deve­lo­p­ment and manu­fac­ture of auto­ma­tion solu­tions. Hagel Auto­ma­tion specia­lises in the produc­tion of custo­mised auto­ma­tion systems.

Can an old circuit board loader be replaced?

Systems that were already equipped with a blank loader can usually be retro­fitted with a new blank loader without any problems.
However, retro­fit­ting to exis­ting systems that did not yet have a PCB loader is also gene­rally possible. The appro­priate space must be available.

What weight can be moved with a blank loader?

Depen­ding on the size of the system, a blank loader can move blanks weig­hing up to 60 kg with maximum acceleration.

Where are PCB loaders used?

Blank loaders are used in the series produc­tion of sheet metal and formed parts. This includes the auto­mo­tive industry as well as white goods.

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