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FANUC America Features Robotic Plasma Cutting System for Metal Pipe from ARC Specialties

 

From FANUC America:

FANUC America Authorized System Integrator ARC Specialties designs and builds custom manufacturing machinery and automated systems including systems for metal welding and cutting, material handling, pick and place, test equipment and other custom applications. In this robotic system, ARC Specialties utilizes a FANUC M-710iC/20L robot to perform plasma cutting for 40-foot long sections of metal pipe.

First, a full-length pipe moves from a notched workplate to an automated infeed conveyor system. The automated in-feed conveyor indexes the pipe into the headstock cutting area, where the pipe is automatically positioned into place by chuck jaws. The system has five sets of chuck jaws that can be manually changed to accommodate pipes of varying diameter – from 0.75” to 24” in outer diameter. The six axis FANUC M-710iC/20L robot, equipped with a quick tool changer, picks up either an OAC or PAC torch from the quick tool change station. The robot uses touch sensing, as well as laser sensing to locate the nozzle parts and the pipe.

Once the pipe has been located the FANUC robot proceeds to first make a bevel cut. The headstock contains a robotic aux axis motor package and pop-up turning rolls that rotate the pipe in coordinated motion with the robot as it makes the cuts. After the bevel cut, the robot proceeds to plasma cut small and large holes into the pipe. The robot uses FANUC Constant Path, which allows it to maintain the same path regardless of static or dynamic speed override changes.

The system features simple setup – An operator simply inputs the desired cut dimensions into the HMI, presses the Go button, and the robot executes the cut. ARC Specialties’ cutting software generates robot code to execute the desired cuts based on the operator’s input, and the HMI is able to save and store these part programs. Once the FANUC robot is finished cutting, the pipe parts roll onto a gravity-fed pipe rack where they are removed from a notched work plate and finished pipe rack manually.

FANUC America Authorized System Integrator ARC Specialties transform manufacturing processes into high-quality, high-production and high profit operations. To learn more, please visithttp://www.arcspecialties.com.

 

Robotics on Display at FABTECH 2016

The robotics team at ARC Specialties have designed, fabricated and programmed two separate robotic demonstration cells for Fabtech 2016 in Las Vegas. The RoboCell 1T will be located in the ARC Specialties booth, North Hall #5002, and the RoboCell 2P will be located in the KUKA Robotics booth, North Hall #5520.

The RoboCell 1T in the ARC Specialties booth will have a joystick that allows show attendees to try live Robotic TIG Welding on a business card holder to take home.

KUKA Robotics Expert Hired for Technical Sales Position

This company has elected to hire Brent Lindell, formerly of KUKA Robotics, as a Technical Sales professional to help increase opportunities and revenue. Lindell stated, “It is an exciting opportunity to start a new chapter in my life, and to sell robotic systems instead of just the robot.”

The team at ARC Specialties is also ready to receive the help from Lindell and are open to the changes that come with working more closely with a former vendor. Lindsay Burck, Marketing Coordinator at ARC Specialties said, “Brent is someone that ARC Specialties has come to rely on over the years for expertise in robotic technology. This company is confident that working closely with Mr. Lindell will allow the manufacturing and robotics industries to continue to thrive in Houston and worldwide.”

FANUC Robotics Open House in Houston, Texas: October 19th and 20th, 2016

FANUC Robotics in Houston, Texas is hosting an Open House on October 19th and 20th. As an integrator of FANUC Robotics, the team at ARC Specialties will represent the latest in robotic and automated manufacturing technology at this event.

The Technology Workshop will include sessions on ROBOGUIDE/Offline Programming, CNC Technology and General Motion Applications, and CNC Aftermarket Support and Maintenance Overview.

Demonstrations at this event will include:

  • M-20iA/25 with FANUC Flex Gripper 3D Bin Picking
  • New M-900/280 Rigid Robot
  • CR-35iA Load/Unload
  • Robodrill with LR-Mate Load/Unload
  • M-1iA High Speed Battery Handling
  • LR-Mate 200iD/4S Relay Inspection
  • M-20iA/25 with IRVision Fenceless Assembly System

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TSTC Welding Technology Program Receives Robot

(WACO) – Texas State Technical College in Waco’s Welding Technology program recently received a KUKA welding robot valued at $150,000.

The gift was made by ARC Specialties in northwest Houston, a company that designs and builds automated machinery for welding, pipeline manufacturing and the oil and gas industries.

“It’s important that the students get access to the newer technology,” said Jim Walker, a welding technologist and certified welding inspector at ARC Specialties. “It doesn’t do any good if they don’t ever touch the equipment and have to learn about it once in the industry.”

Mark Watson, a TSTC Welding Technology instructor, said the robot will give students a way to learn technology they may encounter in the industry. He said a robot like the one from the company can be used in the automotive industry on assembly lines.

Robotic Hardbanding System

This Robotic Hardbanding System is an automatic welding machine that is used for applying tungsten carbide to tool joints and pipe. The project was completed in Summer 2016, and is available for purchase from ARC Specialties in Houston, Texas.

Features

  • A dry run in the video demonstrates the torch movement during the weld program.
  • Included here is a 3-jaw-self-centering manual actuated chuck.
  • This Robotic Hardbanding System uses touch sense to calculate the diameter of the part.
  • The system then changes the speed of rotation of the part to match that diameter.
  • The laser in this system is used to show where the first bead will be welded on the part.
  • The torch cleaning station automatically cleans the nozzle, applies anti-spatter, and can be programmed to clean at any interval.
  • The carbide refill station includes semi-automatic feeder calibration and a water-cooled carbide nozzle integrated into the torch gas cup.

Robotic cells built by ARC Specialties may be customized with other robotic applications like TIG or MIG welding, plasma cutting, plasma transfer arc welding, and other manufacturing processes.

 

 

Sales Team Represents Latest in Robotics at IMTS 2016 in Chicago

On September 12 – 17th, 2016, the Sales Team from ARC Specialties helped display the latest in robotic machining and machine tending technology in a booth at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois.

Demonstrations on display included an ABB Deburring Robot, programmed and integrated by ARC Specialties, as well as a FANUC Pick-and-Place Demo Cell. A Facebook Live-feed video of the booth is available for viewing here:

The Sales and Project Management Team members left to right are: Trey Hoover, Gary Bartz, Jim Walker, Brent Lindell and Lindsay Burck.

IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show 2016 in Chicago, Illinois

 

Dan Allford to Speak at IMTS Chicago 2016

On Wednesday, September 14th at 9:00 am, Dan Allford will lead a session at IMTS 2016. The Presentation Topic is 3D Robotic Machining, and the talk will take place in room W192-B at McCormick Place.

The abstract for this presentation is below:

July 28th | Lunch and Learn | Featuring Talks and Demos on Hydrogen in Shielding Gas, High Deposition Welding, and Welding Contact Tip Life Extension

When: Thursday, July 28th at 11:30 am – 2:30 pmWhere: ARC Specialties, 1730 Stebbins Drive  |  Houston, Texas 77043Cost: FreeRSVP: The first 25 companies to RSVP to lindsay@arcspecialties.com will receive a packet of the new long-life contact tips from ARC Specialties on the day of the event.