I'm looking for a better way to distribute items to machines, as with an auto-pulverizing facility or the like. As far as I've been able to manage, pipes have an obnoxious tendency to drop items out if the destination is full and tubes (if long enough) will vastly overestimate the amount of items needed, leaving a bunch of stacks floating around.
All I'd like to do is lay down half a dozen like machines and have a system that correctly fills them from a chest as needed, without a million wires/switches and without outlandish startup costs. Thus far, the best I've done is to interfere with filters and tweak the timers until the dropoff in output is worth not having junk whizzing around ineffectually. Any suggestions?