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Machine tools boost speed and throughput with automation technology.
No one (not even you and I) consistently makes parts with perfect form and dimensions, so we must be able to efficiently check size and shape at many stages in the manufacturing and assembly process to eliminate scrap and rework and improve processes and profits. Automated inspection systems, which are widely used in all kinds of manufacturing operations, provide great efficiencies in checking individual features, but may not be as effective when asked to evaluate an entire part. You need to know why this is true and what you can do to improve your part yields.
Pretty much everyone old enough to utter the familiar, dual syllabic refrain of “beep boop” in the electro-mechanical, monotone pitch from every sci-fi movie ever made has the same idea of what a robot looks likes.
It’s Monday morning, December 15, 2036. An autonomous vehicle drops off two engineers in front of a gear manufacturing facility in Metro Detroit. They punch in for work on their wristwatches and pay Uber for the ride on a smartphone. One of the engineers begins walking the shop floor, monitoring a series of collaborative robots using a tablet the size of a paperback novel. These robots interact right on the floor with the minimal staff scheduled to oversee manufacturing operations. Another engineer wears an interactive headset and begins training a group of new engineers (in real time) from China using some form of augmented reality.
An in-depth look at the major booths with the latest technology used in gear manufacturing.
Robots, computers and other signs of high technology abounded at IMTS 94, supporting the claim by many that this was one of the best shows ever. Many of the machines on display had so many robotic attachments and computer gizmos that they looked more like they belonged in some science fiction movie than on the floor of a machine shop.
The “less is more” mantra is certainly a rallying cry in manufacturing. Technologies like multiaxis machining, 3D printing and automation are enabling companies to be more efficient, cost-conscious and flexible on the shop floor.
The chamfering and deburring operations on gear teeth have become more important as the automation of gear manufacturing lines in the automotive industry have steadily increased. Quieter gears require more accurate chamfers. This operation also translates into significant coast savings by avoiding costly rework operations. This article discusses the different types of chamfers on gear teeth and outlines manufacturing methods and guidelines to determine chamfer sizes and angles for the product and process engineer.
Compass Automation unveiled its Robotic Deburring System at Gear Expo 2009.
Your Addendum team has come across a number of Good Ole Boys in its time; now we bring you something of even more interest - a Good Ole Gear Book. Mr. Robert Price, of Automation - Gears - Machinery, a gear consulting firm in Delanson, NY, shared with us a real find.
News Items About automation
1 Gleason Renames Distech Systems to Gleason Automation Systems (December 18, 2015)
Gleason Corporation announced a new name and operating structure for Distech Systems effective January 1, 2016. The automation business w... Read News
2 Hexagon Highlights Automation at IMTS 2014 (July 21, 2014)
Hexagon Metrology announced it will highlight measurement automation trends at the 2014 IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show... Read News
3 Sercos Highlights Automation Solutions for Machine Tools (May 1, 2014)
Sercos International, supplier of the Sercos automation bus, registered high interest in Sercos-capable products at Hannover Fair... Read News
4 Reishauer to Exhibit Hard Gear Finishing and Automation Technology at IMTS (April 2, 2006)
Reishauer plans to exhibit the RZ 400 precision gear grinding machine at IMTS 2006. The machine incorporates new technology, including ge... Read News
5 Rockwell Automation Plans to Sell Mechanical and Motor Business (April 19, 2006)
Rockwell Automation announced plans to sell its Dodge? mechanical and Reliance Electric motors and motor repair services businesses, the ... Read News
6 MAG Industrial Automation Systems Receives American Axle Supplier Award (April 17, 2006)
The Powertrain Technologies Group of MAG Industrial Automation Systems of Sterling Heights, Michigan, has received a Supplier Recogniti... Read News
7 Baldor Agrees to Buy Rockwell Automation Division (April 7, 2006)
Baldor Electric Co. has agreed to purchase the power systems business of Rockwell Automation Inc. for $1.8 billion, in a deal expected to... Read News
8 Norton Kaplan Appointed Head of Methods Automation (May 24, 2007)
Methods Machine Tools has formed a new group—Methods Automation—to assist customers in maximizing performance of the individual machine t... Read News
9 Rockwell Automation Dodge Reliance Introduces New Helical/Bevel Speed Reducer (April 6, 2006)
The new Dodge motorized Torque-Arm II (MTA) from Rockwell Automation is a high efficiency, case carburized helical/bevel speed reducer. T... Read News
10 Liebherr Offers Automation Solutions (March 22, 2013)
Humans have it easy. We intuitively use our eyes and sense of touch to grab and move objects. The mobility of our arms and hands are unri... Read News
11 EMAG VT and VL Machines Feature Integrated O-automation System for Transporting Workpieces (August 12, 2015)
At Gear Expo 2015, EMAG USA will feature manufacturing systems for precision metal components alongside the North American premier of its... Read News
12 IMTS Preview: Haas Automation (August 14, 2014)
Five-axis machining is an effective means to reduce setups and increase accuracy for multi-sided and complex parts. Machining those parts... Read News
13 EMCO and UltraTech Collaborate on Modular Automation Package (March 27, 2014)
Machine shops of all sizes continue to seek ways to automate what they do to improve consistency, save time, and reduce cost per piece produced... Read News
14 Siemens Offers Automation Innovations to Gleason Titan Machines (April 19, 2013)
With its new Titan machine series, Gleason-Pfauter enters a new era in toothed gear grinding: an automatic tool changer, together with ef... Read News
15 Hardinge Demonstrates Super-Precision Turning with Automation (December 17, 2012)
Hardinge Inc. an international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions, demonstrates automated production of hydraulic spool valve h... Read News