Quality Assurance and Thread Check with SMAC

The requirement for strict specification and acceptance of all automotive parts and components has greatly increased in recent years. Thread inspection is no exception. Some of the common practices are eddy current probes, lasers, proximity sensors or vision systems that are only partly successful as they only inform you of the presence of a thread, not if it’s correct or within tolerance. Watch the video

The automated thread checking solution from SMAC enables a 100% detailed inspection and verification of all parts. It also identifies tooling wear sooner, and allows SPC data acquisition for process control and quality systems. All of this translates to higher quality and throughput, lower costs and increased customer confidence. This is typically an inline inspection operating at production rates.

SMAC Automatically Checks:

  • Minor diameter
  • Major diameter
  • Pitch diameter
  • Pitch
  • Foreign objects (e.g. broken tap, swarf etc)
  • Thread depth
  • Missing threads
  • Counterbore presence

This application is from SMAC.
Tri-Phase Automation is a SMAC distributor in Wisconsin.
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Valve Control

Extend Valve’s Life.  Valve Control for Liquid Filler or Nitrogen dosing.

Air Cylinders and cam driven filler valves are difficult to changeover and have little or no adjustability during the actual filling process. Spring return slamming of the valve reduces valve life.

Valves, whether liquid filler or nitrogen dosing, have spring return that closes the valve in case of air/power loss. This spring force is lighter on gas valves like nitrogen dosing where the forces to overcome them are more within range of SMAC actuators. Liquid valves springs can have higher forces, especially if they are used to fill high viscous material like syrups. These high viscous materials require much higher spring forces to close them. The downside to using a spring return is that the associated slamming of the valve close prematurely wears out the valve sealing surfaces and reduces the life expectancy of these expensive valves. SMAC actuators can gently control this closing and extend the valve’s life.

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Tri-Phase Automation is a SMAC distributor in Wisconsin.
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High Speed Precision Multi-Axis for Pick and Place

SMAC has developed a unique solution for what is believed to be the fastest and most precise three axis pick and place system in the world today.

A solution was needed for a multi-national Japanese manufacturer of luxury goods who were required to both significantly increase product output and improve the flexibility of the manufacturing process.

This highly innovative solution was custom designed by SMAC’s design engineering team in Carlsbad, California, USA. The customer was supplied with a completely pre-assembled, individual parts handling solution. It was designed to be quickly retrofitted into the existing production system within the customer’s factory. One of the key features of the SMAC Moving Coil Actuator solution is that by design it has inherent positioning and feedback capability, a closed loop system that ensures no external sensors or switches are required. This dramatically reduces the amount of external wiring required and facilitates both quick installation and 100% diagnostic feedback and data. The solution was rigorously tested in advance of delivery and ready to install as a turnkey unit. The pick and place system integrated two Multipole Moving Coil Actuators (MCA) one of which was a two axis rotary unit. The Y axis unit, part number MLA15-50 had a stroke of 50mm and the Z unit, part number MLRA15-30, has a stroke of 30mm and an in-built rotary axis of 180 degrees. Due to the exceptionally high speeds and high duty cycle air cooling was used to keep the temperature of the actuators constant. The electronic actuators achieve an exceptionally high degree of speed, accuracy and repeatability by the use of specially designed internal components and SMAC’s high performance electronics. C-sleeve linear guides deliver exceptionally high life expectancy, and a high resolution encoder is integrated into an optimized size footprint. The SMAC system is complemented by four high speed Galil electronic controllers which were incorporated into the solution.

The new system enables perfect quality and allows production times to be tripled. It also enabled the customer to increase manufacturing throughput and flexibility by rapidly switching to new parts for different products quickly. Previously, manual machine change over of parts was required. The SMAC solution reduced existing cycle times from 900 milliseconds to 300 milliseconds while being operated 24/7. It is now believed that the SMAC solution sets a new benchmark as the fastest and most accurate pick and place machine automation system in the world. Because it is SMAC proprietary technology, it can be freely used for other customers and other applications. It is ideally suited for the handling of any micro-components where fracturing and damage occurs during the production process when using conventional solutions such as pneumatic devices, ball screw and servo systems. It is particularly suited to SMT and chip placing applications.

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Tri-Phase Automation is a SMAC  and Galil distributor in Wisconsin.
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Fuel Injector Plug Gauging

The bore inside a fuel injector part is in a deep-drawn metal part inside of a plastic injection molded body. Sometimes during the injection molding process, the bore is crushed. Gauging, performed by LVDTs, load cells and air cylinders, left marks on the fuel injector plugs being measured, causing all of them to be rejected by the end customer, a major automobile company. The parts manufacturer turned to SMAC for a solution.

Gauging is now done with a plug gauge on the end of an LAL20-25 (with a maximum of 100 grams force) to detect if the hole is undersized, crushed or dented in, without marking the part during the process. The customer states that with the SMAC technology applied, that they are able to detect obstructions in the bore as small as five to 10 microns.

Delicate touch means that contact surfaces can still be measured even if they have different shapes, texture or compressibility.

This application success story is from SMAC.
Tri-Phase Automation is a SMAC distributor in Wisconsin.
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Electric Actuators Replace Pneumatics for Testing

SMAC electric actuators (Moving Coil Technology) are replacing conventional pneumatics in standard QC and Switch Test applications due to the high degree of precise force control and programmability.

Major global manufacturers of mobile phones are replacing their in-house pneumatic production and test systems with SMAC electric actuator systems. The major reason for the change is the precise force control which allows the testing of different parts of the phone key pad with different forces, extremely difficult and costly to do with old fashioned pneumatic devices. Also, highly accurate positioning control within 20 microns is possible, and the unique SMAC electric actuator solution also delivers a more compact and neater solution with lower installation, maintenance and running costs.

The SMAC electric actuator systems provide 100% feedback and data provision for the manufacturer’s QC checking, SPC and quality systems. This in-line testing significantly improved quality, reduced waste and increased efficiency during production.

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Tri-Phase Automation is a SMAC distributor in Wisconsin.
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C&C Technology selects eWon router for the remote control and management of four waste water pumping sites

Easy and effective maintenance of waste water pumping sites

C&C Technologies acquired four waste water pumping stations in the province of Novara, Italy which was 60 km from the main headquarters of the company. The company needed to implement a permanent remote maintenance and management system.  A router that would permit remote monitoring  and which would be easily interfaceable with the Siemens PLC and panels was required.

eWon technology was found to be the optical solution. By linking the eWon industrial router with the central plant system by a secure VNP connection, it is possible for the company to access and manage the system remotely and to intervene if needed through the Talk2M service.

Tri-Phase Automation is a HMS/Anybus/eWon distributor in Wisconsin.
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Monitoring the operation of waste water pumping stations in means of eWon

Collect large number of data in short time

Aquaflot was charged to build a new cutting edge waste monitoring treatment plant based on an existing one. To be able to design such a construction, a large quantity of data needed to collected about the existing building and its working process. They needed the quickest way of obtaining the data without interfering with the waste water treatment plant control system.

Therefore they chose to connect an eWon router to the PLC SIMATIC S7-300 of the current station. This installation enable them to collect and archive values from the system into the eWON router internal memory, select the monitored values and even select the time period to be displayed on the chart.

This is an eWon customer success story.

Tri-Phase Automation is a HMS/Anybus/eWon distributor in Wisconsin.
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Water treatment specialist opt for eWON remote monitoring

eWON industrial routers provide technical with low-cost and quick access the control system

Remote monitoring is now an absolute necessity for certain companies. In the world of water and purification, where distance between pumping stations, treatment installations and central office are considerable. Regardless of the location, a customer will want a broken-down installation to be troubleshoot quickly and running as quickly as possible.

Where extensive monitor and control system are required, they are equipped with the eWon 2005CD. Connecting a PLC poses no problems.

Tri-Phase Automation is a HMS/Anybus/eWon distributor in Wisconsin.
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Remote control of a cooling system

Corporate supervises water treatment plants without site visit

Stenco, a nationwide leading water treatment company needed to supervising plants without actually needing to make a site visit.

They installed a real-time remote monitoring system based on eWon industrial routers on a shopping center cooling circuit. The structure can provide real-time data capture which can be used to notify any leaks detected and control the water composition to prevent for instant corrosion problems. Stenco also has the capability to remotely inject additives into the water to control its conductivity and other important settings.

This is an eWon customer success story.

Tri-Phase Automation is a HMS/Anybus/eWon distributor in Wisconsin.
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USEMCO – Remote access, monitor and troubleshoot

Reliable, secure encrypted remote access reduces on site visits

USEMCO Universal Sanitary Equipment Manufacturing Company based in Tomah, WI, is the industry leader for the custom engineering and manufacture of turnkey pump stations, control systems and access doors  for Municipalities and Industry.

Installing an eWON industrial router, which provides secure GSM and Ethernet remote access, control, alarming and data logging, has enabled USEMCO Inc. to easily add a cost effective competitive advantage to their Bi-gester anaerobic digester facility, while using the freely available Talk2M cloud infrastructure for simplified and managed device and user authentication, integrating enhanced data collection was easily achieved through a variety of flexible options from CSV export to an API while enhancing their ability to meet the challenges of their wastewater customers. The combination of the eWON 2005CD industrial router and the VNC capability of the operator interface enables USEMCO engineers to remotedly log into the display and navigate the screens to see how the disgester is performing. Collecting data to build a usable database helps evaluate critical operations of the digester and determine necessary changes to the process.

This is a eWon/HMS customer success story.

Tri-Phase Automation is a HMS/Anybus/eWon distributor in Wisconsin.
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