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Reflecting on Spring 2019 Trade Shows

Posted by Robin Montgomery on Friday, May 10, 2019 @ 01:00 PM

The past couple of weeks have been busy for the Xiris Automation team as we’ve travelled across North America with our weld cameras and weld inspection systems attending the Pipe and Tube Conference, GAWDA 2019 Spring Management Conference, and FABTECH Mexico

Pipe & Tube Conference 

The Pipe and Tube Conference, organized by FMA, was held in Memphis from April 29th through May 1st. All sectors of the tube and pipe industry were present at this conference. Attendees focused on innovative technologies, interactive learning, and making connections1. Cornelius Sawatzky, a member of our Xiris Team, held a presentation on seam monitoring utilizing High Dynamic Range camera technology and its advantages over some conventional seam monitoring. If you missed Cornelius’ presentation, take a look at this clip that he used.

GAWDA - Spring Management Conference 

This year, the show ran from May 4th to 6th in GAWDA President Brad PetersonMinneapolis and highlighted the theme It’s All About Service. The conference served as an idea platform for networking, process-oriented business education and take-home solutions, for a record of nearly 700 members in attendance2. Throughout the weekend we had the opportunity to listen to many inspirational speakers, including the President of GAWDA, Brad Peterson.

FABTECH Mexico

fabtech mexico

From May 7th through 9th, our team was at FABTECH Mexico with our distributor, PIECSA. Over 13,000 industry professionals were able to find solutions, network, learn, and experience first-hand the latest innovations in the various industries3. FABTECH Mexico also consisted of a huge variety of educational sessions that were open to all attendees.

 

Final Thoughts

We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who assisted in making each trade show happen. All of the hard work and preparation definitely paid off and the work did not go unnoticed. Thus far, it has been an extremely successful trade show season for Xiris Automation. It was a pleasure to meet everyone who was able to stop by our booths and we hope to be able to connect further in the future. If you were unable to visit us at these trade shows and have any questions or would like to learn more about Xiris Automation Inc. please visit our website or contact us. We can’t wait to exhibit our weld cameras and weld inspection systems at the rest of our shows this year!

 

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Sources:

1 https://pipetubeconf.fmanet.org/

2 http://www.cvent.com/events/2019-spring-management-conference/event-summary-5e77b35eb5aa4af8ad2cef1e60bfb782.aspx

3 https://mexico.fabtechexpo.com

Topics: weld camera, Trade Show, Tube and Pipe welding, XVC Weld Camera, inspection system

Color or Not? Five Questions to Consider When Choosing a Weld Camera

Posted by Cameron Serles on Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Welding is not a very colorful operation. The metal, torch and other materials are usually varying shades of grey. The arc is bright white. The background is almost black. To accurately monitor and inspect welds, being able to see a massive tonal range, from the brightest to the darkest, is essential.

 Color and Monochrome images of a TIG Welding Proces

Standard cameras, and even the human eye, are incapable of distinguishing all features when faced with such a range of brightness. However, Xiris’ high dynamic range weld cameras can, either in color (the 1100 and 1100e) or black and white (the 1000 and 1000e).
As humans, we often think that color is better. But in weld cameras, that is not always the case. Determining whether a color or monochrome weld camera will work best depends on a company’s operations. Here are five questions to consider when choosing between color and monochrome weld camera:


1. What kind of welding process are you using?
TIG (GTAW) or Plasma welding benefit most from being viewed in color, simply because there is more color present in those welding processes. Evaluating the color of the torch tip, shielding gas, melt pool and even the Heat Affected Zone can help operators to assess the quality of the weld.

2. What do you want to monitor during welding?
For example, do you want to see certain features, such as the boundary between the end of the torch and the shielding gas and arc? That might help you closely monitor the integrity of the torch tip and avoid contamination.

Or, are you concerned about the amount or type of shielding gas in the process? The shielding gas can sometimes take on a unique color as it is consumed by the welding arc. Changes in the color can signify a change in the gas chemistry and alert operators to the possibility of impurities.

Or is the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) of interest? The leading edge of the HAZ may become visible as the parent material colorizes at elevated temperatures. This can indicate the amount of heat penetration and energy transfer made during the welding process. Discoloration of the metal can signify the presence of excess heat.

3. Is color more important than resolution?
To generate a color image, the image sensor in the weld camera is “painted” with color filters. Each pixel becomes filtered with red, green or blue light in a standard pattern known as a Bayer pattern. The imaging software then mathematically recombines the pixels into a color image. One drawback of this process is that the resolution of a color image is decreased by approximately half compared to that of a monochrome image.

With higher resolution, monochrome cameras generate images with sharper detail than color cameras. In monochrome images, edges appear crisper and subtle details are more visible—important for assessing the texture of the melt pool, for example. However, the hues in a color image give the human eye the ability to better evaluate boundaries between various weld components, like the melt pool, torch tip and shielding gas.

4. Is camera speed important for your operation?
Despite being lower resolution, color image files are larger than monochrome because each pixel is described by 3 bytes of data, whereas in monochrome images, only 1 byte of data is required. As a result, a color camera often will transmit data slightly slower than a monochrome camera to its output device.

5. Does color provide additional information that can help your welding process?
Everyone’s welding operation is unique. You may have additional features such as guiding markers on your parent material, or wire being fed into the welding process that might be best suited to monochrome or color cameras. Our team can help you to assess your needs and advise whether color or monochrome will work best for your application.

Whatever the operational needs, Xiris’ weld cameras, in either monochrome or color, provide high contrast, clear images of the welding process, allowing manufacturers to quickly and easily monitor their welds for better process control.

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Topics: weld inspection, manufacturing, defects, weld monitoring, XVC Weld Camera, HDR, color weld camera, color imaging, weld camera system, welding education, consistent

Using the Photodiode with an XVC-1000 Weld Camera

Posted by Emily Blackborow on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 01:00 PM

A photodiode is an electronic which, when exposed to light, generates a change in its electrical resistance. When incorporated into an electronics circuit, it can generate a signal when exposed to the right amount of light. The Xiris Weld Cameras are equipped with photodiodes to detect the presence of a weld arc. 

Using Xiris  WeldStudio software, the photodiode circuit can be used to toggle the operating mode of a weld camera from “NO WELD” mode to “WELD” mode or vice versa, based on the amount of light present in the weld environment.  As a result, two sets of parameters can be defined, each associated with one of the two camera modes. Of the many parameters that can be defined, there is the shutter mode, which can be set typically for Rolling shutter in the NO WELD mode and Global shutter in the WELD mode. Toggling between the two modes can happen automatically by enabling the Auto Weld Mode option in the WeldStudio software.

The photodiode sensitivity threshold can be adjusted from within the WeldStudio software to ensure that the NO WELD/WELD triggers on the right amount of light coming from the weld process. When light is emitted from the welding process, the photodiode will activate, toggling the software from NO WELD to WELD mode. When the welding process ceases, the lack of light will have the opposite effect.

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Topics: quality control, weld inspection, High Dynamic Range, XVC Weld Camera, weld camera system, consistent, trigger, photodiode

LASIMM project goes live with Xiris Automation

Posted by Emily Blackborow on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 01:00 PM

Lasimm Machine

 

The Large Additive Subtractive Integrated Modular Machine (LASIMM) project is now live and ready to build large 3D printed metal structures for construction. The machine is the first of its kind and is predicted to keep Europe's manufacturing industry as a leading competitor in the global market. The project highlights a milling robot – the first for additive manufacturing of aluminum and steel - to integrate seamlessly additive, subtractive, metrology and cold work applications into a single machine. 

LASIMM will enable the creation of mixed-material structures by using similar and incompatible substances along with  software to generate tool paths and machine sequences. The machine will ensure the component's structural integrity by allowing in-process, non-destructive testing and restoration of defects. 

Xiris partnered with Cranfield University, a defining member of the project, and delivered the XVC-1000 HDR Weld Camera as an inspection solution for LASIMM. We are honoured to contribute to this project and are excited to see the results of the project and the impact LASIMM will have on Europe's additive manufacturing industry. 

Topics: weld camera, Education, High Dynamic Range, manufacturing, applications, XVC Weld Camera, HDR, weld camera system, consistent, inspection

The Quality Challenge in Metal Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Magda Paszko on Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Product manufacturers in industries such as aerospace, defense, and healthcare have no room for error in their manufacturing processes—the product liability is too high with human lives at stake. The need for the strictest quality control and quality assurance poses substantial challenges for these manufacturers as they migrate some product manufacturing to use Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Manufacturers of precision parts are attracted to metal AM because it allows the production of intricate, free-form components directly from CAD—making the production of these parts more feasible than with conventional machining. In addition, Metal AM parts often end up being lighter and stronger than parts made with traditional subtractive machining processes.

A primary obstacle to the widespread use of Metal AM is the difficulty of implementing effective quality control and qualifying parts for the end users. Because of the random nature of material deposition in AM processes, parts must be continually monitored during production rather than being tested after completion to ensure cost effective production.

However, a powerful tool for this quality control and quality assurance has been developed— High Dynamic Range ( HDR) cameras. These cameras can be used in-process to monitor multiple parameters and enable the real-time adjustments required for Metal AM to be successfully productive.

Metal AM-043399-edited
Image captured by a Xiris XVC 1000 HDR Camera

For manufacturers that want to adopt Metal AM, investing in HDR camera technology will be a major step in overcoming the challenges of consistent part quality. The technology is available now, and early adopters stand to gain a significant competitive advantage.

To learn more about HDR camera technology and how it can help your company achieve the quality control and quality assurance necessary to make Metal AM a winning solution, download our whitepaper, Ensuring Quality in Metal Additive Manufacturing.

 

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Topics: weld camera, XVC Weld Camera, additive manufacturing, Metal AM

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: weld camera, Trade Show, XVC Weld Camera

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