Production Machining

OCT 2016

Production Machining - Your access to the precision machining industrial buyer.

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According to Mr. Abbate, the machine does a good job of distinguishing the interior part features from glare or shadow. He appreciates a dial table-style glass top, which stabilizes the parts during inspection while allowing viewing of the top and bottom simultaneously. Such part stability improves image analysis, data capture and preci- sion, while simultaneous top and bottom viewing speeds the process. "It is all about the presentation—how the machine presents the part to the cameras," he says. "Because the parts stand straight up on the glass dial-style table, cameras with convex lenses can look straight down at the parts and see 360 degrees from either side. With 100-percent sorting, you don't miss anything." Mr. Abbate says a conventional V-track model inspection machine, with a 30-degree incline to drop the part, would have limited how much of the part interior is visible. "Other machines cannot look at the sealing surfaces of a coupler, for instance, because they view it at an angle," Mr. Abbate says. "You have to be able to see down in it, which the General Inspection machine is able to do." "With the glass dial-style table on which the parts ride around, we can view the top and bottom of a part at the same time," he adds. "On a double-featured piece such as a union, this allows us to run it through once instead of twice." According to Mr. Abbate, an axial viewer also allows detec- tion of any surface discontinuities on six sides of a part at once. With such a capability, the camera could, for instance, simultaneously "see" the top and sides of a fastener. Along with the device's eddy current capability, which detects any metallurgical defects including plating or hardness variations, he has found the measuring machine provides the efficient, zero-defect fastener sorting required. "We have found our new system to be at least 10 times faster than hand sorting and much more effective than typical sorting machines that look only on the outside of a part," Mr. Abbate says. "It is a must for those who make inter- nally threaded fasteners or connectors." For more information from General Inspection, call 248-625-0529 or visit generalinspection.com. For more information from H&L Tool, call 248-585-7474 or visit hltool.com. CASE IN POINT 44 PRODUCTION MACHINING :: OCTOBER 2016

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