Draw and explain in short, types of followers used in cam and follower.
Types of followers :
The followers may be classified as discussed below:
1. According to the surface in contact.
(a)Knife edge follower. When the contacting end of the follower has a sharp knife edge, it is called a knife edge follower.
(b) Roller follower. When the contacting end of the follower is a roller, it is called a roller follower.
(c) Flat faced or mushroom follower. When the contacting end of the follower is a perfectly flat face, it is called a flat faced follower and when the flat faced follower is circular, it is then called a mushroom follower.
2.According to the motion of the follower.
(a) Reciprocating or translating follower. When the follower reciprocates in guides as the cam rotates uniformly, it is known as reciprocating or translating follower.
(b) Oscillating or rotating follower. When the uniform rotary motion of the cam is converted into predetermined oscillatory motion of the follower, it is called oscillating or rotating follower.
3. According to the path of motion of the follower.
(a) Radial follower. When the motion of the follower is along an axis passing through the centre of the cam, it is known as radial follower
(b) Off-set follower. When the motion of the follower is along an axis away from the axis of the cam centre, it is called off-set follower.