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“Collaborative Robots: What are they and when to use them.” AWS Houston

On Wednesday, October 16th at 7:00 pm, Dan Allford lead a session at AWS Welding Houston.

Collaborative robots or cobots are designed to be safe to work near people.

This unique feature opens up new applications for robots. One of these areas is welding and plasma cutting. Using case studies, Dan discusses where cobots might be applied and where they should not.

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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.

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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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

 

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.

Optimizing Combustion: It is Possible to See Better Heat Rate and Lower NOx

Unknown to a lot of small to medium scale businesses, it is possible to boost efficiency and lower emission levels at the same time, by utilizing specific combustion optimization techniques. A brief look at how the processes work and how concerned businesses can use that to their commercial advantage should help in better clarifying the claim.

The Principle Idea: Flexibility in Boiler Operations

The core idea behind combustion optimization is centered around making boiler operations more flexible. This flexibility is brought on through informed optimization techniques that involve the use of closed-loop biases for dynamically changing the fuel and air settings.

As the process needs to be continuous and dynamic, the optimization must be in sync with the nature and volume of the specific load after each change. Due to the dynamic and continuous nature of this optimization, efficiency is inevitably improved and CO emissions are lowered down to optimal levels.

Successful Combustion Optimization Requires Professional Expertise

Irrespective of one’s experience with segments such as power plant management or mining, only optimization experts can bring about the necessary optimization. It is not possible to improve an industrial energy and combustion system’s performance to its maximum capacity without the expertise of professionals who have themselves designed or modified the necessary optimization hardware, software, and implementation procedures, over the course of many years.

Contact https://lindbergprocess.com/ for help in optimizing the current equipment already in place. Businesses like this can also supply and install new, pre-optimized heating and combustion systems for maximum energy efficiency and boosted productivity, in addition to ensuring the least possible NOx emission.

Automation in Optimizing Combustion

It should be evident that continuous optimization is truly possible if the whole process is automated. How the optimization will be automated may differ in practice, as there are multiple methods. For example, a laser-powered tunable system could be used to monitor and then grid map the following, by placing the diode laser absorption spectroscopy machine near the furnace’s exit point.

  • Temperature levels
  • Oxygen and Carbon oxides
  • Moisture levels

Once the system is in place, the associated software handles everything else by dynamically tuning the air and fuel settings in accordance with the need of the moment. This reduces NOx emissions down to the lowest possible levels, cuts down on unnecessary energy consumption, and boosts the industrial combustion system’s overall performance.

Software Only Solutions

As an alternative, there are also purely software-based solutions that do not require any additional hardware like mentioned above. These automated solutions derive all their necessary optimization data from connected, cloud-based data banks for industrial heating and combustion systems. Private resources are usually better maintained than open sources, so heavy operations depend on the more accurate data from paid services.

Carbon emissions are a huge environmental threat, but they are often indicative of a poorly optimized heating and combustion system as well. Automated optimization solutions come with improvement possibilities for both aspects.