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How Weld Inspection Helps Tube Producers Meet Weight Reduction for Automotive Sector

Posted by Emily Blackborow on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 01:00 PM

The Automotive Sector is constantly trying to reduce the weight of cars. Part of that effort is to approach their suppliers to see what they can do to reduce the weight of their components. Fabricators of tubes for the automotive sector are constantly being asked to meet more difficult weight limitations of their tubes.   

In order to achieve the desired weight reduction of a tube, tube fabricators need to use:

  • Lighter materials;
  • Thinner Wall Thicknesses; and
  • Higher Yield strength materials.

These are only possible if tighter manufacturing specifications and process tolerances are established.

Tubes fabricated from higher yield strength material are more susceptible to mismatch during fabrication. Traditionally; fabricators used a common practice of allowing mismatch on a longitudinal welded tubes of up to 5% of the wall thickness. 5% becomes a very small number very quickly when wall thickness is reduced. 

Experience has shown that for higher yield strength materials a mismatch of 5% will result in a higher weld split failure. In these applications tube producers need to maintain a mismatch tolerance in the 2% to 3% range, well below common practice on milder materials. These tight tolerances make it difficult for mill operators to see or detect using traditional means of looking at the scarf material, the finger nail scratch without stopping the mill interrupting production.

High resolution geometrical measurements are required in the weld zone making this an ideal application for laser based technologies such as Xiris’ Weld Inspection Solutions. The WI2000 or WI3000 makes continuous measurements providing the operator with a clear visual of the weld zone form process while also being able to set tolerance limits to alarm when an unexpected variation occurs.

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WI3000 System

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Topics: quality control, weld inspection, High Dynamic Range, pipe, tube, HDR, weld seam, tubedefects, consistent, WI-2000, inspection system, WI-3000

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

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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

Why Recertification of Your Inspection System is Important

Posted by Emily Blackborow on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

In today's modern manufacturing environment, continuous improvement is needed to stay competitive. This means equipment up-time, speed and product quality must always be optimized to increase yield and profitability. Any downtime can be minimized by keeping all production and online inspection equipment well maintained and calibrated. 

Sensor HeadThe Xiris WI sensor head Recertification Program is designed to recertify WI sensors onsite at your facility by Xiris personnel with minimal interruption. This helps ensure optimal WI system performance by maximizing tube mill productivity and should be a part of your ongoing quality assurance and yearly preventive maintenance program.

Xiris Recertification Program is done by factory trained personnel and has been designed to ensure your investment in the WI2000/3000 pipe and tube inspection equipment is functioning optimally and in accordance with factory performance plans.   

Recertification takes less than 1 day onsite and we use our field certification kit to check all electronic and optical components to verify laser power is at recommended levels, camera optics are aligned and focused and within factory specifications, and that head measurement accuracy meets factory specifications.  We will also update sensor head firmware, if required, and apply a sticker with date of certification. We perform a generalized computer health check, install any software upgrades as applicable and backup system software and settings.

As a final step, Xiris will also provide you with a detailed report outlining the sensor certification and status, condition of the system and any recommendations to address potential system risks. 

NOTE: No internal adjustment can be done in the field due to laser safety requirements. Any internal repairs would have to be done at a Xiris facility under a separate quotation. 

A WI2000 or WI3000 system is a major investment that can continue to provide a significant productivity gain for your tube mill as long as it is properly maintained and recertified on a yearly basis.

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