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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!
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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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.
A global manufacturer, producing products for the heavy truck and bus industry.
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.
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.
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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Our 2018/19 National Sales Meeting – “No Fear, No Limits, No Excuses” surrounded the removal of roadblocks. We spent 2019 addressing these roadblocks through sales training, marketing initiatives, and more opportunities to meet vendors. Air Power has benefited from this endeavor and our organization continues to see growth. This year our Accelerate theme represents our initiative to Accelerate into 2020 without fear and the tools necessary to overcome any roadblocks.
We kicked off our Accelerate 2020 Sales Meeting at our new branch location in Greenville, SC. Our team arrived around 1pm with time to tour the new facility while helping themselves to drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. The team also participated in a friendly tire changing competition with the Ingersoll Rand replica Pit Stop, designed to mimic the real nascar pitstop experience. With the shortest time of 15 seconds, Rodney Benfield was announced as the winner!
Air Power President Dan Senff kicked off the meeting by welcoming our team to Greenville. 2019 was a great year for Air Power and we were excited to share our successes with our hard working team. We spent the evening enjoying the view from Up on the Roof Bar, where Air Power hosted a happy hour event. Our team along with our Top 5 Vendor sponsors enjoyed the beautiful Downtown Greenville view while we celebrated the end of the year.
Thursday began with breakfast in the Embassy Suites Downtown Riverplace. Our group moved into meeting space and we spent a few hours announcing some exciting process changes rolling out in 2020. Air Power is dedicated to continuous improvement to better serve not only our customers, but also our team members. At 10am, we kicked off the 2020 Product Training portion of our meeting. We gave each of our Top 5 Vendor Sponsors (Carlisle Fluid Technologies, Cleco Production Tools, Graco, Gema, and Ingersoll Rand) time with our team to focus on their 2020 initiatives. We find that when we focus on our goals as a team, it is impossible to fail.
After a day of getting our team revved up for 2020, we sent them to go get dressed up for our Banquet. The Accelerate 2020 Banquet and Awards Ceremony started with a Happy Hour in the foyer. Our team along with their spouses enjoyed mingling with our vendor sponsors. We enjoyed an amazing meal catered by Ruth’s Chris catering. As we wrapped up dinner, the Awards Ceremony began.
Our Big Winners of the night included:
1st Place: Austin Lambright
2nd Place: Len Morrison
3rd Place: Randy Pennington
1st Place: Randy Pennington
2nd Place: Shaun Patterson
3rd Place: Paul Kelly
Filter Guru Award
Customer Service Representative Awards
Most Line Items Quoted – Ricky Graves
Most quotes – Ricky Graves
Most Line items Booked/Ordered – Ricky Graves
Most Orders – Ricky Graves
Most Calls Taken – Todd Putman
Raleigh, NC Branch
Wayne Cassidy – Branch Manager
Steve Thomas – 15 Year at Air Power (42 years in the Industry)
Ronnie Lowe – 43 years at Air Power
Robin Eanes – 46 years at Air Power
We spent Friday celebrating 2019 at Speed Factory Indoor Karting. We’d like to thank Carlisle Fluid Technologies for setting up their virtual spray painting simulator. Our team had a great time competing for the best Spray Finishing score. Everyone participated in the GO-Kart race and we spent the morning finding out, who is the fastest at Air Power. Our First Place prize went to Gary Lee! Second place went to Josh Strausbaugh and our Third Place went to Matthew Graham. We’d like to thank everybody for participating in the race!
Quality control and consistent finish were big goals for a manufacturer of ceramics. This case study delves into how Air Power put together a multifaceted solution to meet this customers finishing needs.
This customer is a manufacturer of ceramic products.
The customer was operating on an outdated system with no quality control measures in place. There were no gauges to regulate the air and fluid pressure of the system. There was not a way to manage the quality of the finish during the paint process. The system had one huge hose bundle with no way to identify which fluid was delivered via each hose. The only operator who could manage the system was nearing retirement.
Air Power installed a paint system with a control panel that allowed for individual control of each automated spray gun. This system included large liquid filled gauges for display of air and fluid pressures to allow the customer to manage the system. Our engineers designed a system with neatly organized, color coded hoses for each gun to simplify production management. This allowed new operators to easily perform maintenance on the paint line.
The system changes made succeeded in simplifying this system. This has made it easier for all the operators to learn how to manage, operate, and maintain the paint line. The control panel gave the customer a simple, safe way to start and stop seperate spray guns during the process. This has allowed the customer to control the paint process and usage of paint. This opened the door for more focus on quality control and saved paint and production time.
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:
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Designed for precise pick & place applications, the Ingersoll Rand In-Line Air Balancer Control Kit can integrate with all of Ingersoll Rand’s existing single rope basic unit air balancers.
– Compatible with 150, 200, 350, & 500 lb. capacity air balancers.
– Adjustable lifting and lowering speed based on pressure applied to up and down movements.
– Ideal for repetitive pick and place lifting applications.
– “Float” range allows for precise placement.
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