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.

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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.

 


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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

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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

 

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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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Silicone Drum System Saves Money

 

Manufacturing facilities in today’s competitive market strive to produce the highest quality product. In this case study we will discuss the importance of recognizing every company’s desire to produce a premier product.

Customer

Leading Global Manufacturer of Display Refrigerated Cases Systems

Air Power’s Solution

In partnership with the customer and the silicone material supplier (Ellsworth Adhesives), Air Power offered a solution by using 3 ea.  Graco 55 gallon drum packages. These drum packages will replace manual and battery operated caulking guns. By going to bulk drums vs expensive tubes customer will reduce silicone cost by 30%. Customer purchases over 1 million dollars per year in silicone. Drums are placed near three assembly stations throughout the plant. Material fluid hoses are festooned 14 feet over head at each operating station to eliminate dangerous trip hazards.

Result

By converting from caulk tubes to bulk 55 gallon drums customer will reduce RTV silicon by an estimated cost by 30%. Each Graco 55 gallon ram drum package features Graco Data Trak. The Graco Data Trak features a light tower located on the 55 gallon ram package. The light tower will alert the operator with a signal showing drum is low on material or empty.

Increased floor space by eliminating cartons of tubes placed on wood skids near each operating station. Increase production time by elimination to open cartons of tubes of silicone and place tubes into manual caulking guns.

Eliminate the need to have batteries charged. Eliminate the cost of replacing battery charged caulking guns.

 

Clamping with QX

Manufacturing defects are expensive and removing these errors prior to equipment leaving the production floor is an achievable result when utilizing the proper assembly equipment.  In the below case study, implementing proper tooling resulted in a significant reduction in warranty, service work, and recalls.

Customer

A global manufacturer of grain and sugar cane harvesters located within the Southeastern United States.

 

Challenge: Warranty, Service Work, and Recalls

During the manufacturing process; a sub assembly cell was responsible for proper tightening of fluid hose clamps.  The specified torque and angle of these hose clamps was not being achieved by current in plant tooling.  This failure was a direct result of joint conditioning and relaxation associated with the hose clamp tightening process.  In order to confirm clamps were properly tightened a manual QC measure was put into place in order to catch the issue prior to units leaving for in field use.   However, manual processes are reliant on operator execution and improperly tightened units continued to leave the production floor incorrect.  This issue was exaggerated once units reached final destinations for use within the field, as inadequate torqued hose clamps, were continuing to loosen causing costly warranty, recall, and infield technician repairs.

Air Power’s Solution

In partnership with the customer, Air Power implemented an Ingersoll Rand QX Precision fastening System. The hand held, battery operated, transducerized tooling solution provided an accurate final torque, while providing the operators with tightening status feedback, actual torque values, and 1,200 rundowns of tightening data for review.  A proper torque strategy was developed allowing the hose clamp to be properly torqued, relaxed (conditioned), then final torqued; all within a single trigger pull delivered by the operator.  The need for a manual QC measure was removed as the torque data was verified, tracked, and retained by the manufacturing facility for spot check and validation.

 

Ingersoll Rand QX Series Right Angle Wrench

Result

Currently, thirteen (13) right angle tools are being utilized within this facility allowing production to reach new heights of process control.  Proper tightening of the hose clamps, torque data retention, and date/time stamping have reduced warranty, service work, and those costly infield technician repairs.  The Air Power solution ensures that product leaving the production floor is assembled correctly, the first time.

 

 

Driving New Technology

 

As the manufacture sector continues to change we understand the tedious task of staying current on the most cutting edge tooling technology.  So, allow us to “Drive New Technology” to your facility for hands on application demonstrations, accurate torque programming, and ergonomic optimization.  Whether this is for a single application demo, in which an Air Power Account Manager loads up the appropriate equipment within their vehicle and brings onsite, or a much larger venture, where Air Power in partnership with a manufacture partner bring in dedicated personal for the day, our goal is to continually be a resource and “drive new technology”.  A few notable campaigns below in which Air Power, in partnership with our vendor partners, drove new technology to the customer for the most optimal customer experience.

 

Cleco CellTour

 

Completing over 35 stops within the Southeast, the Cell Tour proved to be a huge success for both Air Power and Cleco.  The CellTour showcased Cleco’s innovation in reinventing cordless through a unique, dynamic, and fun mobile experience.  When driving this new technology, customers were able to perform hands on testing through interactive demonstrations and joint simulations.  The new CellCore Cordless Assembly platform – Easy to Handle. Hard to Break. – consists of smart, durable, and ergonomically designed battery operated transducerized tools.  The lightweight ergonomic design reduces operator fatigue and the large user interface makes it very quick and easy to program.  The CellTour highlighted the CellCore product, as well as, provided an additional sampling of APEX’s assembly fabrication tool product solutions.

 

Cleco Cellcore CellTourCleco Cellcore Tour

 

 

Graco – Pumps and Process

 

Graco’s Pump and Process trailer has made numerous stops within the southeast; including our most recent location in Salem, Va. This valuable tool is packed with operational diaphragm, piston, peristaltic, and ram pumps ready for any and all to be trained.  Rob Woodward, of Graco, does an excellent job showcasing the products housed within the traveling trailer, highlighting New Graco offerings, including the Husky Electric Diaphragm Pump platform.  These pumps have the advantages of double diaphragm pumps (self-priming, running dry, and stalling under pressure) with the efficiency of an electric drive (up to five times more efficient than pneumatic diaphragm pumps).

 

Graco Pumps and Process Trailer

 

Dyna-Day

 

If you grind, sand, or polish, then experiencing the Dynabrade Difference during an onsite Dyna-Day is a must.  Dynabrade has earned a reputation for excellence and is a leader in innovation design and manufacturing of pneumatic abrasive power tools.  The fully outfitted Dyna-Van showcases Dynabrade’s commitment highlighting all the made in America tool manufacture has to offer.  Whether you would prefer a parking lot trade show style setup or in plant experience, Dynabrade is flexible in catering to the user experience.

Air Power and Dynabrade are currently on a Dyna-Day roadshow within North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, so far completing twelve (12) events with plenty of excitement for additional locations.  A highlight of the event is being able to put the tools to use, including the new Dynorbital Extreme, known for its extreme power, extreme comfort, and extreme performance, this newly released model random orbital sander has been a show stopper.

 

Dynabrade's Dyna-Day with Air Power

Dynabrade's Dyna-Day with Air Power

 

Ingersoll Rand QX – The Future is Real

 

Ingersoll Rands “The Future is Here. The Future is Now. The Future is Real” roadshow allowed for the education and utilization of the QX Series platform of assembly tools.  This tour highlighted the benefits of the QX platform, showcasing next generation functionality; which was evident within the hands on demonstrations that could be performed on the active stations within the truck.  The complete line of QX tools feature: QXN, QXC, QXX, QXM, and the most recent QX+ETS models in both the pistol and right angle orientations.  This robust tooling platform can handle any torque with pistol and right angle orientations up to 2,000NM.  The New QX +ETS models feature an ergonomically enhanced motor algorithm for a significant reduction in the average force experienced by an operator during the tightening process.

 

Ingersoll Rand QX Roadshow Ingersoll Rand QX Roadshow

 

 

Within all of our assemble, move, and coat technologies; Air Power prides itself on our ability to drive these new technologies to your facility.  Not all technologies we drive to your facility, have to be as elaborate as the programs highlighted above.

Our Account Managers – Drive New Technology – every day.

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