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How to Implement Audio Monitoring for your Welding Operation

Posted by Cameron Serles on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 11:32 AM

Our team at Xiris has released an audio monitoring package for our weld cameras. Today, we’re sharing how you can set up audio monitoring capability with weld cameras for your operations.

Audio monitoring with weld cameras involves both hardware—the microphone and other equipment—and software—Xiris’ WeldStudio™ software.           

Audio Monitoring Hardware

Audio monitoring starts with the microphone. The welding environment is not very friendly for electronics and sensitive equipment, so Xiris has developed a rugged microphone capable of capturing the full spectrum of audio using a specialized sensor. This sensor captures sound frequency from 40hz up to 20khz. This means that you not only get the low rumbles at the bottom of the range, but you also get the sizzle and pop at the high end.

The microphone has been “ruggedized” so that it is suitable for the welding environment. A protective covering provides thermal, environmental and dust protection for the sensitive microphone elements. The microphone is also directional, meaning once it is pointed at the welding process, it will ignore some of the surrounding noises.

The microphone has been designed to be located near the welding camera, although it can be positioned elsewhere if needed.

Cables and wires connect the microphone and transmit the audio signals to the Xiris HMI computer, which contains Xiris’ specially developed audio processing card. It is here that the signal is processed and conditioned for integration with the video images.

Audio Monitoring Software

The audio feature is part of Xiris’ WeldStudio™ software utility, where operators are able to play back, record and adjust the audio that they’re hearing. The audio signal is synchronized with the video stream from the weld camera, so operators can see and hear what’s happening with their welding at the same time.

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User Interface of WeldStudio™ with audio feature.

Using equalization controls, operators are able to reduce or eliminate certain frequencies, such as those caused by other mechanical noises or environmental noises unrelated to the welding. The software allows operators to completely control the equalization curve to meet their specific needs, suppressing or enhancing certain frequency ranges depending on what they want to listen to. Audio is a module in the WeldStudio™ software, so the touch and feel of the interface and the tools within the program will feel familiar to experienced users.

Summary

Video monitoring using weld cameras has brought many benefits to fabricators and their operations. However, there was something missing. Sound.

Experienced welders understand how sound can help to tune and monitor their welding processes. With this new audio monitoring package, Xiris is providing this capability as an option with the Xiris weld camera system.

 

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Weld Cameras: The New Tool to Teach Welding

Posted by Robin Montgomery on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Using weld cameras in a classroom has many benefits for students, instructors, and administrators by providing high dynamic range images with a clear view of the weld arc, torch tip as well as the darker surrounding features such as the weld pool and seam. Weld cameras will enhance your classroom training, making them indispensable tools for teaching welding techniques.

 

Rather than always having to crowd around the instructors, with weld cameras, students are able to clearly see all features of the weld process, providing a better weld instruction experience, without the instructor having to restart or repeat the welding process should the student have missed some portion of the instruction.

 

“By displaying the captured welding video on a remote screen, the instructors can vastly improve the learning experience of their students, with improved learning success, which is always the instructors’ goal”. – Chris Manning, Chair of Welding Programs at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

 

Not only do welding instructors achieve their goal of improving the learning success, they also don’t have to worry about classroom space and students’ proximity to weld demos.

 

Having each lesson recorded also gives students the ability to repeatedly view and learn from those demos, and enables instructors to keep an on-going source of recorded material to avoid constantly recreating lessons.

 

Administrators experience benefits from the use of weld cameras in classrooms as well. This technology eliminates space constraints in weld training booths and allows instructors to teach more students, faster. Weld cameras can also enhance the program’s reputation, which attracts even more students to the school.

Xiris Weld Camera Kit for Educators

Xiris offers a Weld Camera Kit specifically designed for Educators that comes with everything you need for easy applications of weld cameras in your welding program.

 

So, are you ready for weld cameras in your classroom?

 

Visit our website, download our Education Whitepaper or contact our Education Account Manager for more information.

 

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Topics: quality control, weld inspection, weld environment, High Dynamic Range, HDR, weld camera system, consistent, inspection system, educator, weld school, visual arc system

Xiris Launches Audio Monitoring for Weld Cameras!

Posted by Cameron Serles on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Xiris is proud to announce a revolutionary addition to our industry-leading cameras: SOUND!

At Xiris, we strive to be a world leader in developing sensors and inspection systems for welding processes. Our team of multidisciplinary experts have extended our weld camera product line with the addition of audio capture and monitoring capability. We are committed to continuously improving our products to meet the needs of our customers, and audio monitoring is something our clients have been asking for.

Adding audio capture and playback to Xiris’ weld cameras introduces a new dimension to welding quality control. Now fabricators can use two sensory inputs – sight AND sound – to help them determine if the welding process is functioning correctly or needs fine tuning to provide the best weld process possible. This enhancement gives operators another tool to assess, monitor and improve the consistency and effectiveness of their welding processes.

Xiris Launches Audio monitoring for welding camerasAn Audio Waveform Picture from the Xiris Audio Recorder

A study in the January 2017 edition of the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing found that multisensory evaluation of seam welds was 97% more accurate recognizing defects. Various academic and anecdotal studies confirm that sound is key to real-time monitoring of welding quality and process control for intelligent manufacturing.

Welders draw on years of experience to recognize what quality welds sound like. Each type of welding can generate a unique sound signature when it is “in tune” and when it is “out of tune”. In upcoming blogs, we will be talking about the different types of welding and what to listen for. We will also share more details about the Xiris audio recording and playback option and how you can add it to your operations.

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Why You Should Use a CellView Camera

Posted by Greg Cooke on Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Welding automation is becoming increasingly more common and necessary to ensure high-quality welds and productivity. Using weld cameras, such as the Xiris CellView camera, helps operators see the welding process more clearly and helps them make any in-process adjustments. 

CellView cameras enable operators to view a weld cell from a broader perspective, they see the bigger picture of the welding process. This allows the operator to ensure the related equipment and area are clear and working properly. Since the operator can view the weld cell from a monitor with a CellView camera, the operator can work in safer conditions further away from any dangerous welding process. With the additional visibility from utilizing the CellView camera system along with other weld cameras, operators and supervisors can increase the “arc-on time” (time spent welding) by reducing the amount of time needed for set-up, or to make adjustments to the welding process while in operation.

 

Diagram of how a CellView camera would be set-up with another weld camera. 

CellView Camera System

CellView Camera BenefitsThe Xiris CellView camera is a robust adjustable color camera with a wide-angle view with motorized zoom. It is typically installed with the XVC-1000e weld camera for maximum results. As the CellView camera is integrated with the Xiris camera system, it can be managed and monitored from the same HMI. Coarse adjustments can also be made utilizing the larger view and the Xiris weld camera for the final setup. Xiris cameras can be located up to 100 meters away without loss of image quality making the monitoring of very large automation cells or multiple cells from a control room possible, and the addition of more cameras and views easy.

 

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Topics: quality control, weld environment, safety, health, weld camera system, wide-angle, CellView camera, welding cell

Ground-Breaking Technology + Dedicated Customer Service = Great Value

Posted by Cameron Serles on Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 01:00 PM


Welding Process Image Once we’ve demonstrated to potential customers how a Xiris weld camera can help their business, the technology practically sells itself.

Brian Dobben, a welding engineer for Flowserve’s Flow Control Division, could see the value as soon as he saw our camera in action.

It’s worth its weight in gold. It’s just way too valuable not to have,” he recently told us.

Dobben credits Xiris’s cameras with significant cost and time savings, a higher level of safety, and more-effective operator training.

He also appreciates that we travelled from Ontario, Canada to North Carolina, U.S.A. to demonstrate the weld cameras and show personnel how to use the technology (it’s so intuitive, it doesn’t take a tremendous amount of training). Brian was also impressed with our quick turnaround on a necessary repair after a mistake by one of their operators.

We believe our high dynamic range (HDR) weld cameras can increase the efficiency and profitability of any welding operation, and we are committed to making our cameras a game-changing solution. But we don’t just sell cameras, we will do everything possible after a sale to help our customers reap maximum benefit out of them as possible—and that’s a lot of benefit.

To read Brian’s full account of his experience with Xiris—and to get a feel for what we could do for you—we invite you to download this testimonial.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Add a Weld Camera to Your Classroom

Posted by Cameron Serles on Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 01:00 PM

Adding cameras to view and recording welding is a constant desire of progressive welding schools. However, for many years, there was a lack of the appropriate camera technology with High Dynamic Range imaging capability to properly image welding and display it on a standard 8-bit monitor. The Xiris Weld Camera has overcome this with a combination of advanced electronics and software that map the output to a computer monitor for best viewing results, presenting 10 compelling reasons why Instructors should add a weld camera to their program:

  1. A more-enjoyable, “high-tech” learning experience. By introducing cameras into your training curriculum, students will appreciate the modern approach to training an old skill. The result - enhanced prestige for your weld training facility.
  2. Use of recorded welding videos in the classroom. The ability to repeatedly view, and learn from, recorded demonstrations of good and bad welds can improve the overall effectiveness of your learning program.  Imagine having an ongoing source of video material for multiple classroom discussions, or to recreate lessons of key concepts.
  3. A clear view of all the features of the weld process. Never again worry during welding instruction that all students can see what is being taught.  A camera output to a large display makes all the features of a weld visible to everyone in your class.
  4. Better use of classroom layout. No more worry about classroom space, how many students can fit around a particular weld demonstration and how close they can be to the demonstration.
  5. Better capability to demonstrate new or subtle welding techniques. By building up a library of various techniques, students could review the videos of the best or newest welding technique possible.
  6. Reduced material consumption. Use less welding consumables by being able to minimize the amount repetitive arc on-time by students and instructors of the same welding process.
  7. Better curriculum development. Using cameras provides a whole new dimension in developing a better curriculum for welding courses by allowing instructors to employ digital video content in their classroom.
  8. Differentiation from schools without Weld Cameras in classrooms. Let’s face it – attracting students is a tough job and your school is competing with other schools across town and around the world.  The more appealing you can make your program will raise its appeal to prospective students.
  9. More students moving through existing facilities, faster. By providing students live and recorded content on a large display, more students can be learning via video.  The learning via video can happen while other students learn by doing, reinforcing the learning experience and doubling student throughput.
  10. Testing and verifying of new processes and techniques. When new equipment, process or technique is presented to your school, instructors could make a new video to test out the equipment or process, setting a standard for students to attempt to emulate.

With so many powerful reasons to introduce a weld camera into your curriculum, why wait? 

Contact Xiris today for a consultation.

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