Automating seam welding can be a difficult application to tackle. The integrity of the seam ultimately underscores the quality of the final product. Gocator 3D smart sensors can be set up to report to the welding controller, which will make it possible to use optimal welding parameters such as welding speed and arc voltage based on the actual measured seam gap. This results in high quality welds even if the mechanical tolerances of the work piece and its positioning are not perfect.
Companies that produce packaged food rely on defect-free packaging: defects can lead to mold and contamination, which can in turn lead to recalls, refunds, and other disastrous consequences for a company. Using a Gocator and its built-in tools helps get defective packaging out of the production line early on, protecting company brand and reducing unforeseen costs.
Engine components must be installed in a specific order and orientation during engine manufacture. A Gocator, combined with a machine vision tool such as HexSight, can identify marks that distinguish parts and their orientation so that engines can be assembled more quickly. With the Gocator’s high scan rate, the rapid pace of the automated manufacturing processes used by the automotive industry is maintained.
Wane, the curve left along edges of some boards after primary cutting, is usually reduced or removed in wood processing by an edger. But before boards reach the edger, they must be flipped: boards moving on the transport system with excess wane facing down can wobble, causing issues as they are fed into the edger. Using a Gocator 1300 series single point laser sensor to create board profiles, using its profile mode, is an inexpensive solution to detect whether wane is up or down.
Potatoes grow in a variety of shapes and sizes and must be sorted before processing. Volume throughput is critical in the potato packaging plant. The Gocator offers a compact and reliable solution with high scan rates to automate potato sizing without the need for a PC. For potato grading, a single single sensor can also deliver 2D images of the produce to detect visual defects, like blemishes, in 3rd party software running on a PC.