Four New Products Put the Emphasis on Automation

Companies and welders are always looking for ways to improve their efficiency and ability to tackle difficult jobs. These new automation products will help make the most of a company’s uptime.

AWS Publications | December 21, 2021 | Tech and Industries
Welding Digest ►  Four New Products Put the Emphasis on Automation

Companies and welders are always looking for ways to improve their efficiency and ability to tackle difficult jobs. These new automation products will help make the most of a company’s uptime.

 

Automated Guided Vehicle Transports up to 300 Tons

Created by DTA (dtaglobalservice.com), the Dolphin automated guided vehicle (AGV) utilizes motorized rollers and 360-deg omnidirectional steering to move payloads weighing up to about 300 tons. It is also equipped with the BlueBotics ANT® navigation system to deliver flexible and adaptable on-site transportation for heavy-industry customers. The navigation system offers high-positional accuracy of approximately ± 1 cm (0.39 in.) and ± 1 deg. Safety is ensured due to its built-in laser scanners. Additionally, the AGV comes with server management software that enables fleets of AGVs to operate together seamlessly. The server can also be connected to a site’s existing management software system and infrastructure. Custom-designed AGV options are available to suit customers’ applications.

Fig.1-1The Dolphin AGV by DTA.

 

Machining Center Enhances Automation Options

Made by WFL Millturn Technologies (wfl.at), the M20 MILLTURN complete machining center integrates a range of automation options. Depending on the customer’s requirements, articulated robots, gantry loaders, or an integrated production cell with the associated peripheral equipment can be implemented. Additionally, its turning-boring-milling unit features a B-axis spindle motor and a torque motor. It offers a turning output of 44 kW to handle hard-to-machine materials as well as a milling spindle output of 25 kW and 20,000 revolutions per minute for all machining tasks. To ensure improved stability and damping properties, the machine frame is made from spheroidal graphite iron. This also allows heavy roughing cuts to be made without compromise. Its continuous toughened-glass front features an integrated performance data display and a touch panel for operating the tool magazine from the front of the machine. The working area is illuminated with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and a visible LED strip at the bottom of the sliding door displays the machine’s status.

Fig.2-3The M20 MILLTURN complete machining center by WFL Millturn Technologies.

 

Reamers Facilitate Robotic Welding Operations

Produced by Tregaskiss (tregaskiss.com), the TOUGH GUN® TT4A (analog) and TT4E (ethernet) reamers maximize uptime and weld quality in robotic welding operations. These nozzle-cleaning stations power through spatter, improve gas flow, and reduce porosity so more time can be spent welding. Both reamers offer a 0.95-hp motor that lasts up to 18 million cycles at more than 80 lb/in.2. They also provide 236 lb of lifting force at 95 lb/in.2. Engineered from harder, stronger materials, the cutting blades are resistant to breaking, chipping, or cracking. The reamers also contain durable valves and cylinders rated for ten-million-plus cycles as well as a wire-cutting component that can run one-million-plus cycles without requiring maintenance.

Fig.3-Dec-14-2021-02-38-30-17-PMThe TOUGH GUN® TT4A and TT4E reamers by Tregaskiss.

 

Automated Laser Marking Station Streamlines Production

Created by ANCA (anca.com), the AutoMarkX standalone station performs automatic laser marking operations, freeing up staff to take care of other tasks in the factory. The operator only needs to load up to two full pallets of tools. The laser marking station accommodates a range of tool sizes and accepts different pallet standards. This allows the unit to be easily integrated into the manufacturer’s production process and currently used pallets. Additionally, the unit enables markings to be etched on a single side of the shank, on opposite sides of the shank, or at the end of the tool, which is useful for applications in which a unique tool identification code (e.g., a data matrix code) needs to be etched on the tool. To become a part of a fully automated production cell, the laser marking station can be integrated into the company’s integrated manufacturing system server. In this case, sequential tool production processes are fully automated right through to laser marking on the tool.

Fig.4-Dec-14-2021-02-38-30-34-PMThe AutoMarkX standalone station by ANCA.