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Weldon’s AGN4 Angular Wheelhead CNC Grinder

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by weldonadmin

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A new Weldon model AGN4 angular wheeled CNC grinder has been delivered to an aerospace contract facility in sunny Southern California, for grinding a variety of commercial and military aircraft components. Machine qualification was based on Weldon’s ability to successfully grind difficult to cut alloys, such as RENE-41. Special thanks to our west coast representative, Tornquist Machinery, for their efforts to secure this business with a new customer, and for excellent followup after the sale.

System Features
• Weldon custom 3” wide wheel guard
• Weldon custom workhead center / driver / counterbalance assembly to engage 60 degree center in end of part and drive from flange
• Encyclon model 652-100 cyclonic coolant filtration system
• Absolent mist collector with HEPA filter
• Fanuc 0i TD CNC

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.

Download the PDF of this Case Study

 

Weldon’s 324S Midas OD Pinion Grinder

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by weldonadmin

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A South Carolina based power transmission company adds another Weldon model 324S Midas angular wheeled CNC Grinder to their grinding department. This fully automated cell features a Jenoptik optical gage for post-process inspection, providing feedback to a Movomatic in-process gage for automatic control of size tolerance to under 10 microns, and dramatically reducing both set-up and change-over time.

System Features
• Weldon long stroke programmable tailstock
• GII electric rotary dresser
• Dittel acoustic sensor
• SBS automatic wheel balancer
• Weldon automatic locking style driver
• Barnes coolant filtration system
• Movomatic in-process gage system
• Jenoptik Opticline post-process inspection gage
• Absolent mist collector
• Fanuc M710 robot
• Fanuc 32i BT CNC control

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.

Download the PDF of this Case Study

 

Weldon’s Midas Bearing Roller OD Grinder

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by Rick Holberg

1047BlogPicA major rotary bearing manufacturer called on Weldon to build a roller OD grinder for a large bearing family. The machine features an X-axis linear motor for smooth transitions when grinding the crowned OD with a convex grinding wheel face in a single pass profile interpolation cycle. This allows grinding of all part numbers with the same tooling.

System Features
• Weldon long stroke programmable tailstock
• GII electric rotary dresser
• Dittel acoustic sensor
• SBS automatic wheel balancer
• Neidlein face driver
• Marposs in-process gage
• Barnes coolant system
• Turmoil coolant chiller
• Absolent mist collector
• Fanuc 32i BT CNC control

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.

Download the PDF of this Case Study

Weldon’s UGC Dual Spindle ID Grinder

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by Rick Holberg

4506BlogPicA New England based fire arms company chose Weldon Solutions for a dual spindle ID grinder application. Up to three (3) IDs are ground per cycle using vitrified CBN abrasives. Although arranged for manual loading, the machine has been built “automation ready” with plans for future addition of a robotic tending system and dual pallet station.

System Features
• MicroCentric pneumatic sliding jaw chuck
• Weldon heavy-duty worked
• GMN 90,000 RPM high frequency grinding spindles
• Heidenhain rotary and linear glass scales
• Monlan PFA-80 coolant filtration system
• Airflow MP4 media type mist collector
• Fanuc 0i TD CNC control

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.

Download the PDF of this Case Study

 

Weldon’s 1632 Gold OD Punch Grinder

Posted on: January 15th, 2016 by Rick Holberg

1048BlogPicA major Ohio based sheet-metal punch manufacturer has added another Weldon model 1632 GOLD to their equipment list. This newest machine features a high-speed control system, custom software, and an X-axis linear motor, that together resulted in productivity increases of better that 80%. Notable was that the higher productivity was accomplished at a quality level exceeding current standards. In this application, punches are ground “from solid” using vitrified CBN abrasives. This eliminates the normal pre-milling to remove the bulk of the stock, eliminates the need to radially locate from a preshape to establish C-axis position, reduces work-in-progress inventory, and shortens the lead time for manufacturing.

System Features
• Fanuc X-axis linear motor
• Weldon programmable gear drive workhead
• Heidenhain Xaxis glass scale
• GII electric rotary dresser
• Dittel acoustic emissions sensor
• Encyclon cyclonic coolant filtration system
• Turmoil chiller for coolant and linear motor
• Absolent mist collector
• Fanuc 310i CNC control

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.

Download the PDF of this Case Study

An August Achievement

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Rick Holberg

It’s never too late to share! This past August, we had the pleasure of chatting with Pennsylvania’s Labor and Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino, who was on a “listening tour” of the area during which she hoped to gain more knowledge on the employer and employee needs of local businesses. Along with York County PA CareerLink, Manderino paid us a visit, wishing to highlight the various manufacturing career opportunities in Pennsylvania, particularly in reference to the hiring of young people. Taking on interview questions from the York Daily Record, she spoke openly and optimistically about the diverse manufacturing future of York and the surrounding area. We thank Kathy Manderino for paying us a visit, and we were honored to share some time with her here at Weldon!

To read more of the YDR article, follow the link here.

Weldon’s P175 Automated Flat Grinding Cell

Posted on: January 14th, 2016 by Rick Holberg

BoogerA mid-western manufacturer selects the Weldon P175 for automated flat grinding, deburring, and laser engraving on cylindrical parts. The parts are presented via a dual pallet station, and loaded with a floor mounted Fanuc M10i-TD robot. Custom end-ofarm tooling is used to load the part into a 4” pneumatic sliding jaw chuck. A post-process gage communicates with the Fanuc CNC for size compensation on a trend basis. The fully automated cycle under gage control can produce roughly 67 parts per hour.

System Features
• Fanuc tending robot
• Telesis laser engraver
• Cognex camera
• ATI deburr unit
• SBS automatic wheel balancer
• Dittel acoustic sensor system
• Jenoptik post-process gage
• St. Gobain vitrified CBN grinding wheel
• Weldon Jet wheel cleaner
• MicroCentric 3-jaw chuck
• Machine mounted PC for data collection

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.

Download the PDF of this Case Study

 

Weldon’s “Automate – Innovate – Educate” Open House a big success!

Posted on: August 11th, 2015 by Rick Holberg

Weldon Solutions hosted an Open House at their CNC Grinder manufacturing facility on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The theme for this year’s event was “Automate – Innovate – Educate”.

This year’s Open House garnered over 200 attendees from local, regional and national businesses. More than 50 local engineers attended a series of continuing education seminars hosted throughout the day.

The Open House was held throughout the facility with the shop floor hosting much of the display space, including 7 CNC Cylindrical Grinders demonstrating OD and ID grinding, 12 Robots with payloads ranging from 1 to 350 pounds demonstrating a broad range of robotic and machine vision capabilities and 4 allied component suppliers with table-top displays. There was also a 3-D Printer creating parts through additive manufacturing.

Additionally, York area students from the TechFire 225 team demonstrated their award winning robot from the F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics League.  Tech Fire is a collaboration of York County students.

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Immediately following the event, the Manufacturers Association of South-central PA (MASCPA) mixer allowed leaders of regional manufacturing firms to learn more about Weldon Solutions and the technologies that we use in our grinding and automation systems.

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We’ve posted new videos!

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Rick Holberg

Weldon Solutions has recently added a series of four new industrial automation videos to our YouTube Channel. Click any link below to see what’s new…

Machine tendingUsing a 3-D Vision guided robot to load, unload and palletize parts from a boring mill

Industrial processesUsing a robot in a spot welding cell

Industrial processesA quick-hitting video showing a wide variety of industrial automation solutions using FANUC robots. See unique machine tending, palletizing, material removal, spot welding and more.

Automation case studiesA series of 1 to 2 minute case studies using FANUC robots to achieve a variety of industrial processes from machine tending to dispensing to palletizing to spot welding.

Weldon Solutions is an Authorized System Integrator for FANUC Robotics, North America’s leading supplier of robotic automation. Weldon is also a FANUC Vision System Integrator, providing the ultimate in automation versatility. We offer a wide range of cost-effective and flexible robotic solutions to meet a variety of industrial automation needs. FANUC high performance robots, coupled with our project management, innovative systems engineering, customer service, and extensive industry experience have enabled us to successfully automate a variety of applications across several industries.

 

Weldon talks Depalletizing in 3D in recent RIA article

Posted on: April 28th, 2014 by Rick Holberg

A newly developed and installed Weldon Solutions automation project was featured in a recent Robotics Industries Association publication. In the article, Charlie Gales, Weldon’s Automation Sales Manager, talks about  cable management as a critical step in a depalletizing and machine tending application for a boring mill system. The automation system featured a Fanuc robot using an overhead 3D area sensor to first locate and pick the parts from the pallet. Then a separate 2D vision system is used to precisely determine the part’s orientation in the gripper before loading it into the boring mill.

Read the entire RIA Online article here

Weldon Solutions offers a full line of CNC OD, ID, and combination grinders. As a Fanuc Robotics integrator Weldon can also address your machine tending, material removal, material handling, and packaging/palletizing needs.




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