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Reflecting on Fall 2018 Trade Shows

Posted by Magda Paszko on Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 08:35 AM

The experience of a trade show is quite difficult to put into words; regardless of whether you are an exhibitor or an attendee, the level of energy, engagement, and excitement associated with a show is indescribable. Here at Xiris Automation, we are quite familiar with the trade show process, but this doesn’t make the events any less exciting. The last couple of months have been no exception as we traveled the world to meet customers and faced the hustle and bustle of EuroBLECH and FABTECH.

EuroBLECH

EuroBLECH is the largest trade exhibition for the sheet metal working industry and it is valued by top industry professionals from all over the world.[i] This year, the show ran from October 23rd to the 26th in Hanover, Germany and highlighted the theme of Stepping into the Digital Reality. The show attracted over 56,000 visitors from all around the world[ii] and gave us the opportunity to connect with clients from new regions. We showcased our weld cameras and weld inspection systems and were very impressed with the level in interest in the XVC 1000e welding camera.

Xiris Team at Euroblech 2018

This show also doubled as our first opportunity to introduce Michael Staiger to our European market. As business in Europe continues to grow, Michael joined our team as the new European Service Technician in order to better meet the needs of our customers. Based out of the Xiris Automation GmbH office just outside of Duesseldorf, Germany, Michael will be responsible for installation, calibration, and training for all new Xiris customers, as well as servicing and repair work of Xiris equipment across Europe. Not only was EuroBLECH the perfect opportunity to introduce Michael to our connections worldwide, but it also conveniently demonstrated the scope of our business. 

Introducing Michael Staiger

FABTECH

About one week after coming back from Germany, we headed to Atlanta, Georgia for FABTECH 2018. FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event[iii] and our team was very excited to get in touch with our North American market. The show took place at the Georgia World Congress Center and was open to the public from November 6th to the 8th.

Xiris Booth at Fabtech 2018

This year, our booth was bigger and better than ever before as we showcased the capabilities of our HDR welding cameras through demo videos of numerous applications. We also had over 20 cameras on the floor with trusted industry partners including: Lincoln Electric, Hobart Brothers, Cloos Welding, Gullco, Abicor Binzel, Arcrite Automation and Bug-O, big thank you to those who participated! Seeing the cameras in action all around the show encouraged attendees to visit our team experts and ask their burning questions. If your company will be exhibiting at Fabtech 2019 or any other welding automation or fabrication show, and you feel you could benefit from displaying or operating a Xiris camera, please contact our sales team.

Xiris Team at Fabtech 2018

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, it has been a very successful trade show season for Xiris Automation. It was a pleasure meeting everyone who had the chance to stop by one of our booths and we are looking forward to connecting with you further. If you did not have the opportunity to visit us, or if you have any further questions about our equipment, please feel free to check out our website or contact us. A lot of work goes into one of these shows, so we would like to send out a big thank you to everyone who made them possible, it is so satisfying to see all that hard work pay off. The preparation for these shows begins many months, sometimes even years, in advance, so it is time to sign off and start planning for the future. Until next time!

 

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Sources:

[i] https://www.euroblech.com/2018/english/event/exhibition-profile/

[ii] https://www.euroblech.com/2018/english/event/about-euroblech/

[iii] https://www.fabtechexpo.com/about

Topics: XVC Weld Camera, Trade Show, weld camera

An Eye Into the Future: Weld Cameras in the Classroom

Posted by Margaret Montgomery on Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Xiris's XVC-1100 kit and XVC-1000e HDR weld cameras are transforming the way aspiring weld operators are taught. 

Xiris Cameras an Asset in the Classroom

The XVC-1100 weld camera kit, which is being used at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), enables students and instructors alike to capture and save videos of their welds. During instruction, the XVC-1100 allows students to see what the instructor is doing on a large, projected screen- rather than having to crowd around the instructor performing the weld. During practical work, students are able to perform a weld and save the recorded video so that they can review their weld and technique after they are finished.

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The Xiris XVC-1100 camera installation at SAIT Polytechnic enables students to film and review their welds.

The XVC-1000e weld camera is being used at Santa Anna College. The camera is mounted directly on a weld robot, similar to how welding occurs in many manufacturing environments today-thereby providing students with correct training in the welding techniques they'll use in the workplace once they graduate.  

The XVC-1100 and XVC-1000e cameras both feature adjustable optics. With a tightly focused view, students can see the interaction taking place between the wire fed metal and the parent material as well as a clear view of the weld arc and the resulting melt pool. When the camera is configured with a larger view of the welding process and its coupon, the student can see all the motion during the weld process so they can learn the hand and torch positioning techniques from the instructor. 

Both types of cameras allow welding instructors to demonstrate to their students good and bad welds- and what determines the difference between a good and bad weld.

As weld cameras increasingly become a standard tool in welding processes of all types, their use in welding education is becoming an important step in the training of the next generation of welders. Not only do the cameras help students learn the basics of welding, bringing cameras into the classroom provides another way for students to learn welding adopt new technologies in their future professions. 

This is why the use of the Xiris Weld Cameras in instructional settings will continue to grow.

Our XVC Evaluation Kit for educators includes everything instructors need to record and playback their welding processes, including cables, an assortment of lenses, and more. 

If you are interested in learning more about our company and products or using our weld cameras, please contact us here.

Topics: weld camera system, weld camera, welding education, welding course

Weld Safety: Before and After

Posted by Margaret Montgomery on Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 01:37 PM

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, welders and cutters "have one of the highest rates of injuries of all occupations." [1] 

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Before installing a weld camera, welders are often perched at unsafe heights, giving them a poor view of their welding activities. 

Welders Work in Precarious Positions

Many welding activities are done at unsafe heights, while the welder attempts to monitor and control the welding process. The moving machinery around them forces them to work in small, constrained working areas- which is often dangerous and uncomfortable for the operator. In these conditions- behind a helmet and perched above the welding process- welders miss important details in the welding arc, which can lead to mistakes and inaccuracies that are costly and timely to fix. Not only are these conditions a safety risk, but they make it harder for welders to ensure that they execute a high quality weld.

Weld Cameras Give Welders an Eye Into Detail

Xiris Automation weld cameras enable workers to perform a weld without leaving the ground. Our solutions give welders a consistent image quality regardless of the angle of the weld. They can view multiple images of the weld from leading, trailing or side views of the weld process. 

 

Don't pay for accidents, prevent them using machine vision technology. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about our company and products, please contact us here.

 

[1]“Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 Apr. 2018, www.bls.gov/ooh/production/welders-cutters-solderers-and-brazers.htm#tab-3.

Topics: weld camera system, weld camera, arc welding, mig welding, weld safety

Rugged Cameras for Tough Weld Environments

Posted by Dean Zhao on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

Tandem MIG Welding - Environmental Concerns?  Not everyone was as confident as we were that our XVC-1000e weld cameras would last in this welding environment.

But they did. 

In fact, installed over three years ago, two Xiris XVC-1000e weld cameras were installed in a tandem MIG welding operation.  Over the past two years, they have been operating 24 hours per day, 7 days per week in some of the harshest MIG welding conditions amidst extensive smoke, fumes and weld spatter.

We are happy to say that the cameras are still going strong!

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The cameras as they were when they were first installed

 

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The cameras after one month

 

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The cameras 2 years later – still running, still going strong!

 

The Xiris XVC-1000e cameras are equipped with a rugged industrial housing that allows the camera to be protected from ambient dirt, smoke and fumes.  Equipped with optics with motorized focus, integrated LED lighting, replaceable spatter window and cooling chamber, the Xiris cameras can withstand some of the most rugged welding environments!

Topics: weld camera

Monitoring High Amperage Welding on Aluminum

Posted by Justin Grahn on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 02:32 PM

Aluminum welding needs to be performed typically "hot and fast." When using automated welding equipment, it is very challenging to get the process parameters correct. To aid in automated aluminum welding processes, a weld camera can be used to monitor for process variations that could cause a poor weld, including:

  • Burnthrough: Higher thermal conductivity and lower melting point of aluminum alloys can easily lead to burnthrough. Even on thicker material, welders have to carefully monitor that welding current high enough to penetrate the weld joint adequately does not cause burnthrough.
  • Cracking: Aluminum TIG welds often have a tendency to crack if there is not enough filler metal to change the weld chemistry to make it less crack-sensitive.
  • Weld Shape: A good aluminum weld will be flat to slightly convex in shape. If welds are ropey or convex, it is usually an indication that not enough energy was provided to the weld and cold procedures or undersized equipment was used.
  • Heat Affected Zone: by monitoring the size and shape of the HAZ, operators can reduce how much the base metal melt, reducing the opportunity for stress cracking;
  • Shielding gas: In thick aluminum welding, monitoring shielding gas size, shape and color can indicate its chemistry. Altering the chemistry can vary the heat input, changing the weld root width penetration, and reduce porosity.
  • Weld discoloration: may indicate metal oxides are cooling outside of the shielding gas range on the base metal, increasing the possibility of contaminants.
  • Oxide layer: if oxide layer has not been adequately removed in the weld arc, contaminants could migrate into the weld, causing porosity or cracking.
All these phenomena can be seen by a trained operator when remotely monitoring the aluminum welding process with a welding camera. To achieve best quality of image, a monochrome weld camera can be used at low exposure rates to produce the best image because the aluminum weld arc is so bright, offering better contrast and dynamic range than a color camera.

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Image of Aluminum welding with a Monochrome camera,

at extremely low exposure

 

Topics: Aluminum, High Amperage Welding, weld camera

Watching a 1,000,000 Watt Plasma Arc!

Posted by Justin Grahn on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 01:17 PM

Usually Xiris Weld cameras are used to monitor open weld arcs of many kinds of processes, including plasma welding processes, where the power settings are usually in the range of a few hundred Watts of power.

So imagine when presented with the challenge of monitoring a one million Watt plasma arc! This is exactly what Xiris was asked to do – mount a camera to see such a powerful arc as part of an industrial process. We were not sure how well the camera would respond to the plasma arc as it was so hot and generated such intense bright light that even the dynamic range of the XVC-1000 weld camera may not be sufficient to properly image it.

When setting up the camera, we had to mount the camera far away from the plasma arc, at about 6 ft. (2 m) away, while monitor the entire process in a completely different room. The plasma arc was so powerful that our camera would shake when the arc was activated. Even from a protected room, the noise that the plasma arc generated seemed like standing next to a jet engine.

We were happy to discover that, even with such a powerful light source, the Xiris XVC-1000 weld camera was able to capture clear images of the high-powered plasma arc. The images were good enough to see sufficient detail in the arc for research staff to analyze the behavior of the return arc remotely, without having to be close enough to the plasma source to create hazardous work conditions.

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An Actual Image of a 1,000,000 Watt Plasma Arc!

 

Topics: Plasma, weld monitoring, weld camera

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