Editor Alan Richter wrote an article featuring Autonetics automated thread gauging units in the February 2017 issue of Cutting Tool Engineering magazine.
Here is an excerpt from page 8 of the print edition ..."a downturn in the oil and gas industry prompted companies that produce oil-country pipes to evaluate better ways to operate, and pipe thread measurement is an area that needs to improve. As a result, Autonetics shipped 10 systems in last year's third quarter and continues to build more units."
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Laser sensors for dimensional metrology continue to become smaller, faster, and smarter. Quality control engineers are eager to use laser metrology for nondestructive inspections to improve manufacturing process control. However, deciding which laser measuring devices are best suited for their in-process part inspections is intimidating.
Quality control engineers often select off-the-shelf part inspection gauging units from companies with a showroom, sales quotas and persuasive sales personnel. Typically, those who take this “safest” route soon discover they wasted money on expensive unneeded features and still did not receive a precise part inspection solution. Off-the-shelf solutions often end up requiring much more training and customization than budgeted.
Automated thread gauging units (AGUs) are hot. During the third quarter of 2016, Autonetics shipped ten (10) AGUs to pipe mills across the USA.
The downturn in the oil & gas industry is causing more OCTG pipe mills to evaluate better ways to operate and pipe thread measurement is an area that needs to improve. Current thread gauging is manual, unreliable, and costly. Since plants are slow, now is the time to improve operations without impeding production.
Why are the automated thread measurement gauges for Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) pipe so popular?
In-process inspections enable manufacturers to reduce waste and produce higher quality parts over time. So why aren’t all manufacturers implementing in-process inspections?
Several reasons for sure. One primary reason is complexity. Implementing an in-process inspection meeting all project requirements is very challenging.
When off-the-shelf measurement gauges fall short, in-process gauging solutions are often beyond the expertise of application engineers and CNC distributors whether the problem is cycle time, multiple part profiles, multiple CNC machines used in production, or any number of other complications.
Autonetics Metrology Suite is designed to give the user a graphic representation of results and tolerance trends at a glance, via a NEMA 4x analog resistive touchscreen monitor, designed for tough environments. Even if you never open the manual our easy-to-use interface makes accessing detailed measurements and 3-D models streamlined and simple. A navigation and status bar, located at the bottom of each screen, allows the user to quickly review, save or enter data.
Autonetics is pleased to announce that our AGU 3.0 thread gauge for Oil Country Tubular Goods in the petroleum industry was recently awarded certification by CSA (Canadian Standards Association). CSA international is a member of the CSA group, a premier provider of product testing and certification. The CSA is recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world by many government and code officials, regulatory and regulations bodies like the SEC and OSHA.
The CSA Mark demonstrates to our end users that the product has been certified to applicable standards including standards written and administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Underwriters Laboratory (UL), NSF International and other North American and global organizations.
Common sense dictates that the best place to measure the parts you're making is where you are making them. For greatest efficiency and lowest cost, it's the most desirable option. Problem is, many gauging systems are not designed for the shop floor. Autonetics vertical, stand-alone gauges have a long record of excellent performance in the field. With millions of parts inspected in unforgiving industrial environments the SGU-V is an established key to success in lights-out manufacturing. Manufacturing applications can provide some of the toughest challenges for inspection system designers. Not only are these systems often complex and challenging, but the harsh environments in which they must operate demand a robust and rugged design. Often it is handling that causes the roughest treatment, with the autonomous requirement providing one of the most demanding tests.
Autonetics H series of SGU gauges are most commonly used to measure turned parts weighing less than one hundred pounds. Autonetics custom solutions offers high strength modular and welded steel frames to easily handle heavy work pieces and provide highly accurate, repeatable measurements of large, complex manufactured parts. Autonetics gauging application for railway axles is a good case in point. Railroad non-drive axles for passenger and freight applications can weigh well over one thousand pounds and the precise fit of wheels, axles and bearings are among the most fundamental elements of the truck assembly.
At Autonetics we manufacture rugged gauges designed for years of service on the factory floor. Autonetics H series gauges provide short and long term advantages that help you consistently produce better parts. Reducing manufacturing defects goes directly to your bottom line and makes for a rapid return on investment. Autonetics offers fully automated options designed for precision measurements. Our rugged gauging unit makes inspection and off-setting multiple CNC machines a "hands free" procedure. Utilizing advances in sensor technology we have brought significant improvements to in-process OD and ID gauging.
The next evolution of Autonetics Metrology Suite (AMS) has arrived. AMS version 5.0 expands Autonetics gauging solutions with direct machine tool compensation technology. AMS 5.0 delivers performance and features befitting our flagship software. 5.0 keeps Autonetics gauges on the cutting edge of technological innovation by adding user-requested features developed for automated tool offset without the need for third party software. This latest offering combines our highly capable and proven metrology software with the ability to directly control tool offsets and hold tolerances of machined parts on our AGU 3.0 and SGU line of gauges.