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Successful Show in Beijing for Xiris!

Posted by Dean Zhao on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 01:55 PM

Xiris Automation Inc. exhibited at the XVC-O Weld View Camera in this year's Beijing Essen Welding Show. The show started June 10th and ended on June 13th, 2014 with an estimated 25,000 visitors from 50 different countries attending the large venue.  Ninety percent of these visitors were reported from China, and the remaining 10% were international visitors

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This year's show was a very unique opportunity for Xiris, as the use of weld cameras is new to China.  This allowed us an advantage within the fast paced Chinese market to establish many new relationships with both machine builders and end users alike.  The show was a late addition to Xiris' busy tradeshow schedule this 2014 season. Therefore our booth was not in our preferred location, but to our immense pleasure, this did not deter any interest in the Xiris XVC-O camera. There was an enormous turn-out and many discussions with potential customers.  With both new and repeat customers in attendance, the booth was constantly crowded with interested prospective clients.

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This demand and fascination with our product was due to the unique qualities of the XVC-O in the industry.  It is a perfect solution for monitoring many different welding processes, and perfect for welding professionals.  In China, as elsewhere, System integrators and general fabricators are constantly fighting to differentiate themselves from the intense competition in the industry. The Xiris XVC-O could be the key. Our camera can provide enough image clarity to monitor the entire welding process including both the brightness of the welding arc and its darker background.

Be sure to check out our website for full event details, and stay tuned for more updates on new products, sources, and pictures on all of our social media. We are now on Google+, as well as LinedIn and Twitter.

Topics: welding automation, weld inspection, weld camera, Welding Process, Trade Show, Xiris, welding

How System Integrators Use Xiris Weld Cameras in Automation

Posted by Cameron Serles on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Systems integrators who build automated welding processes are always searching for improved business models. There are thousands of small and medium sized automation system integrators around the world that are experts in the industry. This challenges each company to differentiate themselves from their competition, and do so by providing a unique value proposition to their customers.

One of the best ways to gain this competitive advantage is for system integrators to leverage rapidly evolving technology. By applying it to their customer’s welding automation solutions this allows companies to capitalize on an evolving technology, with the goal of improving profitability and efficiency.

An emerging technology that many systems integrators are considering is the use of cameras for monitoring the welding process.  While cameras have been used to monitor welding for years, it is only recently that cameras, such as the Xiris XVC-O Open Arc Weld Camera, have provided enough image clarity that system integrators have considered them a useful tool to provide to customers. 

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Many system integrators face the same challenge:  how to build a system to keep operators from having to be in direct proximity of the automated cell in order to monitor the weld.  Most fabricator customers are increasingly dissatisfied with automated welding solutions that don’t permit operators to monitor the weld remotely.  By providing a camera to monitor the welding process, systems integrators can provide their customers with a valuable production tool.

Adding a camera system to a work cell can help increase welding automation business that might not otherwise be gained by a systems integrator. By removing the operator from the immediate work area of the welding environment there are immense benefits to the customer that would increase demand for a system integrator. For example, instead of multiple operators assigned to multiple production lines to manage rollers, material handling, and welding processes, customers benefit from having one operator per line at one control panel managing it all, increasing productivity, quality and reducing human error.

By introducing weld cameras into automated welding work cells, systems integrators can achieve an abundance of benefits. They will be able to differentiate themselves in the market, expand into new market sectors, improve technical competency, as well as improve the functional excellence of the overall product offering.

Topics: remote monitoring, welding automation, weld environment, Machine Vision, camera placement, field of view, quality control, weld camera, Welding Process, Xiris

Tube Düsseldorf Recap

Posted by Cameron Serles on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

As the organizers of Wire & Tube Düsseldorf promised, the show held at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre was a terrific success.  Running from April 7 until April 11, 2014, some 72,000 visitors from 104 different countries roomed the exhibition halls, excited to learn about the latest technology being offered to the International Tube market.

With over 50,000 square meters of exhibition space occupied, a 3.1% increase over 2012, those exhibitors participating in the tube side of the show rated their experience with top marks.  Technology presented ranged from raw materials & accessories, machinery for production, and measurement and control equipment. 

Xiris Automation Inc. participated with Magnetic Analysis Corporation (MAC) exhibiting our WI2000p, Tube & Pipe Weld Inspection technology & our XVC-O Weld Camera, a weld monitoring system, along with MAC’s Non-destructive testing equipment.

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Observations from the show:

Xiris representatives had numerous discussions with companies interested in weld inspection and monitoring technology. Opportunities were reviewed with both existing customers while several new possibilities were discussed with potential customers.

A number of manufacturers of very small diameter tubes visited the booth interested in exploring ways to inspect tube as small as 2mm in diameter.  Interestingly, most of these manufacturers weld their tubes using a longitudinal laser welding process with very tight manufacturing tolerances.

With a number of new projects worldwide in offshore oil and gas, the resurgent interest in offshore pipeline was very clear.  New requirements for inspecting spiral welded and orthogonal butt welded pipe are raising the need for additional quality measurements.  In particular, the need to double weld many critical weld joints requires special inspection systems to detect defects after each weld process.

The majority of the attendees stopping by the booth were decision makers looking for ways to improve their productivity and production efficiencies.

The next Tube Düsseldorf will take place April 4 to 8th, 2016.  Further information can be found at www.Tube.de.

See you in 2016!

Topics: welding automation, Tube and Pipe welding, Trade Show, Tube Dusseldorf, undercut

Come Visit Us at Tube Düsseldof 2014!

Posted by Cameron Serles on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

 

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Xiris is in the final stages of preparation for next week’s Tube 2014 in Düsseldof, Germany, running from April 7 - 11.

Tube Düsseldorf is a leading trade fair for the global tube industry presenting a unique opportunity to meet with international visitors, decision makers and market leaders. And if the numbers from 2012 are any indication, we will be very busy! The 2012 Tube show saw over 4,659 visitors who came to investigate more than 1,178 exhibitors from 48 countries in 48,477 sq.m of exhibition space!

Xiris’ WI2000p, laser-based post weld inspection system, and our XVC-O, weld camera for Open Arc welding, will be on display in our partner’s booth - Magnetic Analysis Corporation, Hall 06, Stand G40.

We’re not only excited about demonstrating our products for the tube industry in this prestigious setting; we’re looking forward to meeting the innovative people and seeing the groundbreaking technology from other pioneering companies across the world.

If you’re going to be at Tube Düsseldorf, please visit booth Hall 6.0, Stand G40 there you’ll be able to see demonstrations the WI2000p as well as the XVC-O Weld Camera.

Better yet, please email us at sales@xiris.com to set up a personal product demonstration.

With over 2,400 of exhibitors registered, it’s a popular show, so there’s a good chance many of you are planning to attend, for the same good reasons we are. We know that it means you care about leading-edge technology.

Hope to see you in Düsseldorf, Germany!

Topics: welding automation, Machine Vision, High Dynamic Range, weld camera, Welding Process, Trade Show, Tube Dusseldorf

Notes from ABB Robotics Technology Days

Posted by Cornelius Sawatzky on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

ABB is celebrating 40 years of excellence in the robotics industry and further demonstrated their role as a leading technology provider with their successfully hosted event - ABB Robotics 2014 Technology Days at its Auburn Hills, Michigan location.

Over 80 products were showcased by countless Value Providers, ABB product managers and senior officials from around the globe who were present to provide hands on demonstrations. Technical seminars were also offered throughout the event and covered a range of application training workshops to technology specific sessions.

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Xiris participated as a Value Provider sponsor and also hosted a session on High Dynamic Range Imaging for Welding. With only standing room left, attendees were introduced to a history of Weld Camera developments and advancements made in Weld Camera technologies. High Dynamic Range Imaging is now commonly used in various open arc welding applications ranging from TIG, MIG to Plasma and Laser. Using a camera to view the weld process in real time allows the weld operator to monitor and adjust the weld process immediately while staying in a safe and comfortable environment. Applications where Weld Cameras are most beneficial in production environments were discussed and attendees had the opportunity to view sample videos of various applications.

Despite the challenging travel conditions Mother Nature had in store days leading up to the event, the show floor was busy with many visitors from various sectors of the automation industry. Customers had the opportunity to see equipment in action and meet with experts to discuss their specific applications.

We are enthused about the reception of Xiris as a camera technology provider and we were delighted to participate in an event that showcased innovative technology along with providing a forum for open networking to discuss application challenges in automation technologies.

Topics: remote monitoring, welding automation, Machine Vision, weld camera

How to Remotely View Your Weld Process

Posted by Cameron Serles on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Ever since the development of automated welding, operators have needed to be able to monitor the welding process to ensure that all parameters are properly adjusted, that the welding head is properly aligned with the weld seam and work pieces, and that the weld pool, weld bead, and other features are all formed correctly. 

For this, fabricators have long relied on operators to directly view the process using welding helmets and protective screens, which contain a dark green filter to remove most of the harmful content of the radiation coming from a welding arc.

However, with recent advances in electronics, cameras such as the Xiris XVC-O Weld Camera have become equipped with High Dynamic Range imaging capability.  Such cameras can capture images from a weld process across a huge range of brightness, including the bright areas of the weld arc and the darker areas of the background areas around the weld.  With such clarity of image, operators are now able to monitor the cameras from afar rather than having to be close to the welding process.

 

There is Remote Imaging……

So, with such camera technology, how remote do the operators want to be to view their weld process?  Imagine some applications such as ship building, nuclear power plants or large pressure vessels where placing an operator near the welding process is both dangerous and difficult.  In such situations, the farther away the operator can be and still monitor the welding process, the better.

Properly designed electronics allow for a robust image to be transmitted from a camera on an automated welding cell to a display up to 40 m (132 ft) away from the camera.  That allows for the operator to be safely removed from the weld process while still being able to see what is going on.

 

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Monitoring the Weld From Your Desk

 

….And Then There is Really, Really Remote Imaging….

Sometimes an automated welding cell has been installed in a location where all the stakeholders are not able to see it and monitor it.  Production managers, engineers and senior management may all want to occasionally monitor a critical welding process even though they are on the other side of the world! 

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How to do it?  Camera cable lengths have their limits!  The solution is to make the camera system IP addressable so that the video images can be visible anywhere an internet connection can be found.  Xiris has implemented IP addressability on certain models of its XVC-O Weld Cameras so that customers can view the welding process very, very remotely!

 

Conclusion

Whether you want to be a short distance away from the welding process, or on the opposite side of the world, there is a way to be able to see what is going on with your welding process as long as you use the right type of camera equipment for monitoring the welding process, such as the Xiris XVC-O Weld Camera system.

  

For more information on how Xiris Weld Cameras can help monitor your weld processes, visit Xiris.com 

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Topics: remote monitoring, welding automation, weld environment, Machine Vision, High Dynamic Range, image processing, quality control, weld camera, Welding Process

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