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.
As a manufacturer of custom factory floor metrology systems we observed a need for a large format, high-speed, optical micrometer that is capable of accurately measuring large objects with an exceptional scan rate and a high degree of repeatability. In 2014 Autonetics started researching the feasibility of a new measurement system that could exceed the capabilities of conventential opitical micrometers avaliable in today's market.
Our research throughout the third quarter of 2014 and into the first quarter 2015 has yielded a new measurement system with unique capabilities for high-speed non-contact inspection. Our research and development started with original designs for circuit boards, bi-telecentric optical systems, collimating lenses and the latest high intensity light sources.
Autonetics has provided fully automated, in-process inspection products for oil country tubular goods since 2009. Our goal to constantly improve our products and gain industry certification is what drives us as a manufacturer of gauging solutions. By working closely with our customers in the pipe mill environment, leading material handing providers and the American Petroleum Institute we have made significant advances in our flagship AGU line of thread gauges. Beginning in 2014 Autonetics launched the 3.0 Series Autonomous Gauging Unit with many improvements learned from real world production scenarios.
You have a Problem, We have a Solution
Autonetics is frequently approached to provide a solution for measureing work pieces, inprocess where no off- the- shelf product is available. We begin by setting in motion a dialog with the company’s engineering team to fully understand the application and requirements. This will often lead to an innovative product or process with far reaching results. One such project has lead to the design and production of a non-contact, multi-geometry, true position gauge. This mobile application was designed for thread form inspection servicing multiple machines.