Lobster ARF-700 Rivet Presenter

 

 

This is a Lobster R1A1 pneumatic rivet gun coupled with an ARF-700 Rivet Presenter. Allows for speed and efficiency when completing high volume manual riveting. Stocked, sold and serviced by the professional staff at Air Power, the brand expands an already deep offering of assembly tool solutions. Air Power is proud to be an authorized Lobster Rivet Tools Distributor and highly recommend them to our customers.

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Assembly Made Simple

In this case study, Air Power builds a custom integrated system that makes Ergonomics, Safety, and Quality simple with a team effort.

Customer

This customer is a supplier in the Truck and Bus industry.

Challenge

The customer needed to outfit a new work cell assembling large metal components. First, the weight of the fully assembled sub-build components exceeded 1000 lbs. requiring a high weight capacity work table. Secondly, the height variation of the operators presented ergonomic issues from shift to shift to ensure each operator performed his necessary tasks at optimum work heights for ergonomics and safety. Thirdly, target torque for each component exceeded the safety threshold for handheld tooling, 69 ft/lbs, and 135 ft/lbs. requiring a torque management solution to be included in the overall work cell build. Lastly, the components needing to be torqued are deemed quality critical, requiring all data for the fasteners to be documented to ensure a proper build.

Air Power Solution

Air Power included the following in our solution; a 2000 lbs. capacity adjustable height pneumatic Presto lift table, a GCI torque reaction arm, and a Cleco MPro 300 controller with right angle NeoTek tool. We were able to meet the high weight by working closely with Presto directly to customize the adjustable height scissor lift table. GCI was able to build a custom torque arm to provide the needed reach and vertical travel while managing up to 240 NM of torque reaction. We were able to mount the torque arm directly to our adjustable height table, allowing the entire work station to adjust to ideal work height for any given operator. All of this wrapped around the brand new Cleco 300 controller with NeoTek right angle tool allowing for a precise fastening solution meeting and exceeding the quality critical parameters required. The Cleco 300 also allows our end-user to monitor, collect, and organize critical data to ensure they every unit out the door is a quality part.

 

Assembly

Results

Air Power’s solution addressed all of the problems the customer faced with this assembly process. The Presto Lift table allows the operator to adjust the height of the entire system to eliminate and bending and back strain. The GCI torque arm holds and handles the Cleco right angle NeoTek tool. This eliminates any lifting and hand or wrist injury from handling a torque tool. Lastly, the Cleco mPro 300 controller gave the customer the ability to ensure perfect quality with every assembly.

 

 

Ingersoll Rand Controller paired with FlexArm

 

Air Power Technical Specialist James Stanley demonstrates the capabilities of an Ingersoll Rand InsightQC Controller paired with a FlexArm Smart Arm with DOGA DPC Touchscreen allowing the operator to enter sequence patterns quickly and efficiently. Visit us at airpower-usa.com or call us at 1(800) 334-1001 to hear more about this system!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) : Outside the Body

 

 

Taking care of both the inside and the outside of your body in the workplace is critical. In this video, Air Power Application Specialist Travis Stirewalt and Account Manager Eddie Rhodes, talk about the importance of Personal Protective Equipment and how to choose the right PPE for your application. Whether you are dealing with HAZMAT, VOC’s or nuisance dust, taking care of your skin, bones, and internal organs are vitally important to staying healthy. Stay tuned as we look to help you maneuver through PPE basics.

 

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DOTEC Air Balance Lifter

When short pick & place applications warrant the need for user-friendly, ergonomic solutions— consider the

Dotec ABL Air Balance Lifter

 

This Plug & Play system that can be featured with a variety of tools for lifting small rolls, boxes, crates, buckets, or bags. The options available are a pallet box and quick change tool for different applications. This system can be used to handle a variety of substrates. Cans, Kegs, and Sacks are a few of the applications that can benefit from the advanced technology that the Dotec Air Balance Lifter can bring to your manufacturing operation. Available with floor mount setups, as well as mobile platforms.

Dotec Lifter

Capacity:

-Weight max: 50 kg (110 lbs)
-Vertical Travel: 1600 mm (5.25 ft)
-Horizontal Travel: 2100 mm (7 ft)
-Rotate: 360 degrees (4200 mm radius)

 

Dotec AirBalance Lifter

 

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Ingersoll Rand QCX Controller with remote access

 

 

 

Air Power Application Specialist Jerome Wood and Technical Specialist James Stanley show the remote access capabilities of our Ingersoll Rand QCX Controller in the lab. An Ingersoll Rand QX Pistol coupled with an ETA Inline Positioning Arm paired to the Ingersoll Rand QCX Controller with remote access will allow work from home opportunity. Engineer, operator, and Air Power technical assistance on Go To Meeting are able to troubleshoot, debug and live update the system. Technology 4.0.

If you have any questions regarding remote access or would like to learn more about this technology, schedule a virtual demo today.

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Ingersoll Rand Improves Ergonomics

Manufacturing facilities in today’s competitive market strive to reduce the ergonomic impact of their operators. In this case study, we will discuss the importance of recognizing every company’s desire to improve ergonomics and reduce injuries.

Customer

A global manufacturer, producing products for the heavy truck and bus industry.

Challenge

Operators were manually lifting 40-150lb truck hubs and rotors to palletize for their shipment to their end-users. The operators were refusing to use their current lifting method as it was slow and delayed their production during the days shift resulting in reduced throughput per operator per shift.

Air Power’s Solution

We proposed they moved to a single large floor supported structure with multiple bridges, air balancers, and welded end effectors. This allowed multiple operators to use a single structure with each having their own ”bay” containing a bridge, balancer, end effector combo. This gave everyone the room they needed to load pallets as well as the lifting method that allowed the ergonomic impact to be reduced while still allowing the productivity of the manual lifting application. The air balancers’ speed and the pendant control allowed the operators to move at the speed they deemed fit for each application and individual operator preference.

Result

Currently, we have installed 5 large lifts in this facility with more now being planned at their sister facilities, leading to many overall ergonomic improvements.

Ergonomics

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Levitate in the News

Levitate Technologies is a small tech start-up that began with the goal of building human augmentation to help surgeons and medical professionals. Today, Levitate has successfully designed the AIRFRAME. It is a wearable, lightweight technology engineered to improve upper extremity musculoskeletal health in professionals and skilled trade workers who engage in repetitive arm motion and/or static elevation of the arms. This one-of-a-kind technology has been creating a buzz in the manufacturing industry since it hit the market. Check out these articles about the Levitate AIRFRAME technology!

The AIRFRAME exoskeleton makes light of hard work

 

The Levitate AIRFRAME transfers the weight of the arms from the shoulders, neck and upper back to the outside of the hips, evenly distributing energy to reduce stress. It slips easily on and off and moves seamlessly with the wearer without intruding into the workspace or limiting motion or dexterity. The AIRFRAME’s mechanical support system progressively activates as the arm is lowered, resulting in just the right level of support – at just the right time. It’s personalized to fit each wearer, so they can use their arms as normal while enjoying reduced fatigue and comfort they never thought possible.

 


Levitate - Wall Street Journal


Levitate - The Fabricator


Levitate - Exoskeleton Report


Levitate - Forbes


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Levitate - Industry Week


Levitate - Material Handling Network


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Levitate - Workplace


Levitate - Engineered News-Record

 

Learn more about Levitate Technologies at Air Power. We offer on-site, live demonstrations to show you the difference with the Levitate AIRFRAME!

See Also: Levitate Anti-Fatigue Exoskeleton

Levitate Technologies

New Ingersoll Rand INSIGHT Controller

Introducing the INSIGHTqcx Controller

 

Ingersoll Rand has released the INSIGHTqcx Cordless Controller for critical assembly applications in manufacturing. THe INSIGHTqcx helps manufacturers who require advanced fastening strategies, such as those in automotive, aerospace and heavy equipment, easily take control of their assembly processes.

INSIGHTqcx integrates with the wireless Ingersoll Rand QX Series precision fastening tools. The Controller can also be used to program Ingersoll Rand QXC and QXN nonwireless tools via USB cable and serves as a convenient tool programming station so that operators don’t need to take the tool to an offline laptop for programming.

Additional features include:

  • Intuitive, touch-screen programming and ready-to-use communication protocols
  • Storage for 50,000 records of cycle data and 50,000 tightening traces onboard the device
  • It is adjustable to meet any tightening control requirements

 

INSIGHTqcx Controller

 

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How To Set And Verify The Torque Output of a Panasonic Mechanical Pulse Tool

 

 

How To Set And Verify The Torque Output of a Panasonic Mechanical Pulse Tool

 

In this video, Air Power Technical Specialist, James Stanley walks through steps to set and verify the torque output of a panasonic mechanical pulse tool.

 

Equipment utilized- Panasonic Mechanical Pulse Tool with Sturtevant Richmont Beam Wrench

  1. Determine target torque for application.  Utilize beam wrench to tighten test joing to desired torque.  Once desired torque is reached, “breakaway” the joint in order to properly determine breakaway torque.
  2. Complete until breakaway torque is consistent with joint.
  3. Run tool on joint
  4. Determine breakaway torque following tightening.  Compare this observed breakaway torque with the breakaway torque determined in step #1 following a successful tightening on the application joining.
  5. Utilizing the Panasonic remote controller, adjust your Mechanical Pulse tool torque output up or down.
  6. Complete steps 3-5 until consistent tool torque tightening results are achieved.

 

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