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[Sept. 1, 2010]—[Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of the ICAM-WD digital weld viewing and monitoring system as a tool for improving welding automation and quality control.

The ICAM system extends the operator’s view of the weld zone by providing real time display and capture of the weld arc. Setup, remote guidance, inspection, process control and operator health and safety are prime rea­sons for the ICAM in welding automation.

Apart from weld viewing, the system has capabilities such as I/O and an onboard programmable area for advanced functionality such as weld inspection or closed loop welding process control. Some of the feature set includes:

  • Compliance with Protection standards DIN 3-7 gas welding Din 9-13 electro welding
  • Dynamic range > 140dB
  • Auto brightness and exposure adjustment
  • No blooming effects or image artifacts in scene
  • Stand alone system with direct VGA connect, I/O connect
  • Ethernet connect to network or PC
  • Reticule overlay
  • ICAM software to access system parameters
welding camera

As a setup tool a few examples include, viewing the weld torch for pre-start weld position and measuring wire stick out length. As a run time and training tool, examples include viewing the arc, puddle, degree of weld spatter and position. Post welding examples include go / no go conditions for weld inspection.For customers requiring quality assurance, the ICAM records images and video to disk.

Invisual E. Inc has signed a partner agreement with the developer of ICAM, for the Americas region.

About Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E. Inc. is dedicated to the advancement of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing.

welding inspection[Jan19th , 2011]—Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to announce the offer of an in process real time thermal scanning system > as a tool for welding inspection and monitoring for continuous or batch processes. Metal Fabricators and Tube and Pipe producers are constantly managing material costs, yield, efficiency and quality to improve profitability, acquire and retain clients and mitigate liability costs. Now available, the thermal profile system provides real time in process, at the weld, weld monitoring and welding inspection detection of welding defects. The system utilizes the thermal distribution of the heat affected zone to detect irregularities of the thermal field during solidification of the welded seam.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Real time visibility of what is happening at the weld
  • Early detection of weld defects, irregularities and process anomalies
  • Net reduction in waste and increase in quality
  • Complete traceability and production reports for audits
  • Mill or production equipment integration
  • I/O signaling, Alarm generation, production tags
welding inspection

The system is suitable for all welding processes and has been mechanically engineered for the welding environment and ingress protection.

welding inspection

Welding Defects:

  • Off seam Weld
  • Porosity
  • Burn through
  • Lack of Fusion
  • Cold Spots (Pasty Weld)
  • Lack of Penetration
  • Energy input fluctuations
  • Material variances
  • Hot Cracking
  • Asymmetric welding
Also visible at Quality Digest Magazine, PR LOG. About Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing.  A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues.
welding camera[March 5th , 2011]—— Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to make available the offer of our digital welding camera system with weld parameter monitor as a tool for improving welding automation, knowledge and quality control.

Utilizing the ICAM-WD welding camera system, and combining the video data with the data from arc welding processes such as Volts, Amps, Gas, travel speed provides unique opportunities for quality control, quality assurance, training, education and research.

The weld monitoring utilizes high speed signal processing and the user defines either thresholds or work envelopes within which ideal welding occur. Out of tolerance values are identified with output signaling to the process if desired. The digital welding camera utilizes specific signal processing to manage the incoming light and provides clear visualization of the weld in real time.
The weld monitoring data is then mapped with the video frames in real time allowing for the opportunity to visually see the welding as well as the corresponding welding parameters.

The archived data can then be replayed and the user can zoom in on a part of the welding curve and see the corresponding welding video frames. Combining these technologies allows a user to see weld defects such as pores, adhesion, arc faults, penetration defects, influence of gas and wire and why they occurred.

About Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues.

[March 26th , 2011] —Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to announce the collaborative agreement with Centris Technologies to bring a 360 offering to the market. Says Huot,” both firms have complimentary capability and technology base. Combining and collaborating these assets, made perfect sense and naturally fits together.”
centrisCentris Technologies is a leading provider of advanced control solutions, focusing on integrating systems from 'plant-floor to boardroom'. The company supplies full design services, PLC/SCADA development and MES/ERP integration - all done through innovation, quality and tight partnerships with customers.

About Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues; complex needs in the manufacturing industry. The firm specializes in process improvement and quality management systems with the use of computing and advanced vision technology. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.

welding camera[April 22nd , 2011]— Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to have been selected as the vendor to deliver a multi-media welding camera system for Conestoga College.

In today’s modern manufacturing environment, the welding program leadership team at Conestoga College, agreed it was time they brought media into the welding lab. We live in a world of multi-media, and it is ever present in our daily life. The next generation of industrial workers is certainly very tech-able.

They will be able to create as many welding camera settings as they desire, load the settings remotely depending on the welding process under study. Furthermore, the professor will be more effective and efficient at demonstrating technique to a group.
Some of the key uses they sought which the welding camera system delivers on are:
  • Real time visibility of what is happening at the weld
  • Educational teaching aid, presentations and improved group learning
  • Skills and applications demonstrations and video archiving
  • Lab development
  • Course material in media format
  • Improved use of teaching resources
 

Says Invisual E, “We always felt strongly towards a welding camera system as a tool in the educational environment; we just needed a client to validate our thinking.” The director of the welding program provided this insight, “We were very impressed with this system and its future potential for us. We see some of the work we would like to do as live demos in our skills shop and have the camera connected directly to a large screen monitor mounted on a shop wall.”

About Conestoga College. Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues.

About Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that helps OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives to build brands, expand markets, and grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.

Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E is pleased to announce that we successfully completed the installation of the thermal profile system on an ERW HFI tube production line. The client, producing structural tubing for Tier1 automotive is very pleased with the system. Says the production manager of ERW mill, "this is one of the best NDT systems I have seen. We ran galvanized and the sensor head still operated reliably in the environmentally, harsh conditions. "

As a supplier to tier 1, quality is paramount to successful programs. High value and of key importance for this ERW / HFI tube producer, is the ability for the NDT weld inspection system to detect cold welds.
Not only did the system detect this condition, it is also able to detect Other weld defects such as butt weld splice, squeeze force variations, materials property changes, real temperature of the weld bead and energy input. The QA/QC team is equally impressed with the NDT system. Back office data recording, viewing and SPC tools allows for more in-depth weld inspection analysis. In real-time they can view production records, quickly see if a tube length is good or bad, create and edit weld inspection programs. Individual records they can view the thermal weld profile in a macro time line.

A production monitor tool allows the user to view the last 40 cut lengths of production and serves as a quick summarized visual of the stability of production. Color indications show good, acceptable, error along each cut length.
Like any new instrument on a production line, it is only as effective as user acceptance. A key component of this ERW NDT weld inspection system is the speed at which supervisors and operators alike take to the system. The main screen is very visual, intuitive and easy to understand. We have noticed, after a day of use the mill crew uses the NDT system to setup and operate the ERW mill. The supervisors are able to create their own weld procedure programs, set the proper control limits, and show the operator the meaning of the parameters displayed. How effective is this system? A recent project with a tube producer for HSLA using plasma welding, was bidding for a new program for a big 3 OEM. The thermal NDT system was instrumental in our client winning the program and the system is now part of the work procedure, mandated by the OEM. To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/thermal-welding-inspection.html

 

About Invisual E. Inc.

Pierre Huot founded Invisual E Inc. in response to a desire to implement his vision to the market for identified needs for manufacturing. Huot's adherence to a customer-driven development approach combined with his strategic abilities helping OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives to build brands, expand markets and grow revenues through the implementation of control systems, process improvement and quality management systems Huot possesses an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
welding camera[July 22 , 2011]— Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to have been selected as the vendor for a welding camera system as part of an OEM solution.

The OEM solution consisted of a large manipulator with a dual MIG / SUB ARC welding head. One of the key components of the application was the ability of the welding camera to see both the sub arc process and the Mig process. The welding camera ICAM-WD has the ability to set two dynamic range thresholds. Setting two threshold responses provides opportunity f or dynamic switching between thresholds via an IO signal or threshold boundaries.

The light intensity is drastically different during sub-arc welding vs. mig welding and as a result the light attenuation requires very different configurations. The configurations are stored the camera memory and in this application called when the light intensity crossed a threshold value.

Says the OEM, “We are running the video across 50m of cable length, the signal is clear, setup was easy, and Invisual E was there to help us configure the welding camera properly.”

About Invisual E. Inc. Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that helps OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives to build brands, expand markets, and grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.

In the modern world of tube and pipe manufacturing, it depends upon producing the right product for the least cost. New innovations regularly receive attention when they can increase a mill’s productivity and efficiency. Cutting edge techniques have started to streamline a market that once required tedious and time-consuming efforts to ensure quality.

As a supplier to tier 1, quality is paramount to successful programs. High value and of key importance for this ERW / HFI tube producer, is the ability for the NDT weld inspection system to detect cold welds.

Scanning at 400Hz, the sensor takes cross sectional slices of the hot weld and stitches the data back together to form the visual thermal field. The thermal data is then used to calculate a set of deterministic parameters for monitoring of disturbances in the thermal field. In the image the parameter field exceeded the control limit and flagged the fault which in turn generated the alarm for the ERW mill marking system.

Says the production manager of ERW mill, "it doesn’t happen overnight, over the past several months we have been tuning and dialing in the parameters and really starting to understand our process. We are running the threshold limits fairly tight and we have seen a net reduction in our scrap rate."

DEFECT UNDECTED BY EDDY CURRENT Many parameters can affect the eddy current responses. This means that the signal from a desired material characteristic may be masked by an unwanted parameter. Tests are generally restricted to surface-breaking conditions and slightly subsurface flaws. In this particular case, the flaw was not detected by the eddy current system and the tube length with the flaw was received at the customer's door. EVOLUTION OF WELD INFORMATION FOR NDT Defects usually are classified into two categories—major flaws that can cause tube and pipe failure and minor variances that have no effect on tube or pipe use. Tube and pipe producers are constantly managing material costs, yield, efficiency and quality to improve profitability, acquire and retain clients and mitigate liability costs. The costs of shipping defective product are difficult to quantify. However, the risks and costs associated with repairs, loss of customers, or subsequent legal action are potentially huge—they are the main impetus for installing NDT equipment in the first place. For tube and pipe production applications, which require high throughput speeds for maximum profitability traditional NDT equipment such as eddy current testing is used to detecting small, short, incomplete welds; inclusions; voids; or cavities. Ultrasonic testing normally is used to find long, continuous defects, such as incomplete seam welds. The Thermal Profile System is based on the recording and the evaluation of the thermal radiation which is emitted by a solidifying welded seam. Operating at 400Hz, the system can scan on tube and pipe mills to a speed of 180m/min. As a result, disturbances can be recognized of dimension less than 1 mm in the thermal signature across a range from approx. 750 °C to about 1400 °C. To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/tube-and-pipe-technology.html

 

About Invisual E. Inc.

Pierre Huot founded Invisual E Inc. in response to a desire to implement his vision to the market for identified needs for manufacturing. Huot's adherence to a customer-driven development approach combined with his strategic abilities helping OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives to build brands, expand markets and grow revenues through the implementation of control systems, process improvement and quality management systems. Huot possesses an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
[Dec11th , 2011]-[Invisual E. Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract to supply welding camera systems for a large hydro electric expansion project. Utilizing our ICAM-WD welding camera system the purpose is to extend the operator’s view of the weld zone by providing real time display and capture of the weld arc. Due to the critical welding that will occur for the generator stations, position and quality of the weld is of paramount importance.

To meet the growing demand for electricity, the hydro electric company must build generating stations, substations and power lines, and maximize the capacity of existing facilities. The welding camera will be affixed to a welding buggy on a track and must operate reliably at site. As a result, the welding camera system will be ruggedized, equipped with a motorized zoom and focus lens and be portable. One of the requirements was the ability to easily pack the system and move to a different location. The entire welding camera system with display will be enclosed in a hardened case for ease of use and mobility.

Says the subcontractor, "When we saw the camera system perform, and the flexibility of Invisual to adapt to our needs, there was no question, we were going to have this system in our welding procedure. Invisual E has been very responsive and accommodating."

To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues.
[Aug 15, 2011]—[Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to announce the offer of  a digital welding camera system for sub arc welding processes to improve welding automation and quality.   The ICAM-WSA welding camera system brings the welding process to the operator’s view by providing real time display. Setup, remote guidance, inspection, process control, quality and operator safety are prime rea­sons for the ICAM-WSA in sub arc welding automation. The iCAM-WSA sub arc welding camera system has these features:
  • Ruggedized camera with integrated LED
  • (optional laser pointer)
  • Protective lens cover
  • Air cool inlet port
  • Varifocal manual lens or motorized zoom lens
  • Cable lengths to 50m

At the heart of the ICAM weld camera system is an industrial panel PC controller with the custom viewing software. The entire system is solid state, with no moving components. The display provides 15” of viewing area and the HMI is touch activated.

The software application as a touch driven application has been written with the user in mind. Key Features Include:
  • Single or dual Cross hair lines: Move up/down, left, right, and rotate, Change color (black, white, red), Change line thickness, Add hash marks
  • Store preset cross hair configurations to recall with one button press
  • On screen keyboard
  • Save images and video to file
  • Varifocal manual lens or motorized zoom lens
welding camera
To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.

[OCT 14 , 2011] [Invisual E is pleased to announce that we have partnered  with Scan Sonic in Germany to develop the North American market for their seam tracking system.  Seam tracking offers advantages to tube and pipe producers using arc related welding processes such as laser, TIG, MIG and Sub arc.

The primary advantage is to accurately maintain the torch position over the seam in real time.  This provides the optimum heat and material transfer for proper fusion and weld penetration. High-yield-strength materials allow tube producers to decrease wall thickness, which lowers costs, while maintaining system performance and reliability. Some oil-producing companies use higher-strength materials to increase operating pressures, thereby allowing higher production volumes.  Both of these conditions rely on the quality of the incoming material, the mill operation and the operator.  The seam tracking system widens the tolerance of operation by unbudending the operator and the mill. The nature of seam tracking invariably requires a learning curve and it is important that the system is simple enough to deploy and operate.  One of the reasons why Invisual chose the Scan Sonic seam tracking system was on this basis.  We felt that the system has this dimension to dissolve barriers an operator might have towards a new device on the mill. Other important technical dimensions included:
  • applicable on reflective materials as stainless steel and aluminum
  • measures other geometrical data like area, gap, mismatch or various angles.
  • triple stripe laser projection ensures a reliable data point
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[NOV 4th, 2011] [Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to have been selected as vendor for dual welding camera solution.

The OEM solution consisted of a large manipulator with a welding head.  One of the key components of the application was the ability of the welding cameras to see both the leading and trailing areas of the process.  Our welding camera ICAM-WA  was chosen as the hardware given the price and performance balance the client needed. The  task was to deliver a system that combined two weld camera views into a single display that was technically viable, high quality and on budget.   Invisual was able to meet this task and as a result the operator has a dual weld camera system with the ability to adjust the size of the viewing window. Says the OEM, “We are running the video a long distance, the signal is clear, setup was easy, and Invisual E was there to help us configure the welding camera properly.” Says Invisual E, “ This demonstrates the commitment we have to tackle and solve client requests and build our satisfied client list” To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html  

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing.   A technology firm that helps OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives to build brands, expand markets, and grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E.  He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
[MAY 22nd, 2012]—[Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to have been selected as vendor for multi-view welding camera solution. The end user solution consists of a five head welding machine each welding simultaneously.  One of the key components of the application was the ability of the system to allow for the operator to see five simultaneous streaming video at the same time. The welding camera ICAM-WA  was chosen as the hardware platform given the price and performance balance that the client needed. The  task was to deliver a system that combined five weld camera views into a single display that was technically viable, high quality and on budget.   Invisual was able to meet this task and as a result the operator has a multi view weld camera system with the ability to adjust the size of the viewing window. Says the manufacturer, “we were running into issues of operator safety and skin burns due to the multi-head process. The welding camera was the appropriate way to go. Invisual E has a platform that is able to meet our needs”. Says Invisual E, “ This demonstrates the commitment we have to tackle and solve client requests and build our satisfied client list” To view additional details about our welding cameras follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
[June 22 , 2012]— If you produce welded tube, you are already aware that tube mills need constant monitoring. Many variables are at play, such as the dimensions, hardness, and edge condition of the incoming material; the heat input delivered to the steel; setup and the condition of the mill. HFI or erw pipe & tube production is the fastest methods to produce tube and pipe. The industry faces several pressures such as high competition, both domestically and foreign, raw material costs, and client quality demands.  As a sub process to the automotive assembly,  erw pipe mills need to be efficient,  and have high yield To the layman observer, producing erw tube and erw pipe seems straightforward.  Material goes into the mill and formed sections exit.  People in the industry understand that the process is complicated and the challenge is to maximize efficiency and yield amongst the dynamics of the erw pipe production process.   Monitoring systems and tools are available to the automotive manufacturing department with the aim of increasing yield, efficiency and quality.  From the entry to the mill to the exit of the mill, these systems provided by Invisual E Inc. offer tangible economic and technical benefit. The process areas that are important and impact the quality of the welded tube are the following:
  1. Butt Weld Detection : Monitoring the butt weld splice reduces tool wear
  2. Edge entry Inspection: Monitoring the edge conditions as they enter the mill determine material quality and will impact the quality of the forged weld.
  3. Weld Monitoring: Monitoring for lack of fusion, mismatch, seam roll, weld bead profile determine the quality of the weld, heat input, and weld pressure.
  4. Post Scarf Monitoring: Monitoring for tool wear, tool depth and subsequent loss of wall material and tool chatter.
  5. Sizing Monitor:  Monitoring the sizing of the  erw tube at the exit ensures that the mill tooling is properly setup and also tracks sizing roller wear
These systems are tied to a set of control limits and robust IO for operator alerts, mill integration and historian databases.  Data mining the historian offers great opportunities for correlation modeling.  An example of this would be the correlation of weld bead height to weld temperature or heat input.   To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/tube-and-pipe-technology.html  

About Invisual E. Inc.

Pierre Huot founded Invisual E Inc. in response to a desire to implement his vision to the market for identified needs for manufacturing. Huot's adherence to a customer-driven development approach combined with his strategic abilities helping OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives  to build brands, expand markets and grow revenues through the implementation of control systems, process improvement and quality management systems Huot possesses an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
[Oct 22, 2012]—[Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to announce the build of a multi-camera welding camera solution The end user solution consists of five welding cameras displaying simultaneous video to the viewing screen. One of the key components of the application was the ability of the system to allow for an operator to see up to five simultaneous streaming video at the same time. The welding camera ICAM-WA was integrated into the system to offer a strong solution at an affordable price. The system is fully integrated into a main control console. Each welding camera is independently controlled via the selector switches and LED pot. A main power switch, camera power switch and led power switch provide the operator with full control over the system. The welding camera system is touch screen driven whereby the operator can select any one of the mini views and it becomes the view in focus and expands to full screen. Pressing the screen again, brings it back to multi view. Says the client, “we were running into issues of operator safety and skin burns due to the multi-head process. The welding camera was the appropriate way to go. Invisual E has a platform that is able to meet our needs”. Says Invisual E, “ This demonstrates the commitment we have to tackle and solve client requests and build our satisfied client list” To view additional details about our welding cameras follow this link: ://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html  

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that helps OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives to build brands, expand markets, and grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
[May 22, 2012]—[Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to announce that we successfully completed the installation of a butt weld system on an ERW HFI tube production line. The client, producing oil and gas pipe provided the gateway for us to deliver this project. HFI or erw pipe tube production is the fastest methods to produce tube and pipe. The industry faces several pressures such as high competition, both domestically and foreign, raw material costs, and client quality demands. To be profitable, erw pipe mills need to be efficient, have high yield and volume. To the layman observer, producing erw tube and erw pipe seems straightforward. Material goes into the mill and round sections exit. People in the industry understand that the process is complicated and the challenge is to maximize efficiency and yield amongst the dynamics of the erw pipe production process. As a supplier to oil and gas, quality is paramount to successful programs. High value and of key importance for this ERW / HFI tube producer, is the ability for the butt weld system to signal the butt weld whereby the signal is used in their control structure. To achieve this task, a pair of sensors are used in conjunction with one another. Both sensors need to trigger within a predetermined time limit for the butt weld signal output to the master PLC control. To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link:  http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/tube-and-pipe-technology.html     About Invisual E. Inc. Pierre Huot founded Invisual E Inc. in response to a desire to implement his vision to the market for identified needs for manufacturing. Huot's adherence to a customer-driven development approach combined with his strategic abilities helping OEM, integrators and manufacturers deliver improvements on key objectives  to build brands, expand markets and grow revenues through the implementation of control systems, process improvement and quality management systems Huot possesses an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.      
[May 23, 2013]—[Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to announce the offer of an automated seam tracking system for beam welding and web to flange welding for improving welding automation and quality control. The iWeld-STS system offers the advantage of productivity and quality gains, better deployment of workforce. With a small capital investment, a manufacturer can be efficient and increase their production rates.   Welding travel speeds are increased beyond the manual ability of an operator.  Traditionally, beam welding or web to flange arc welding projects have deployed tactile seam tracking systems.    The inherent issues that can be annoying with tactile seam tracking are space constraints and in some cases the tactile probe bounces causing off seam welding. The iWeld-STS provides automatic position control in two axes via a closed loop motion control algorithm during the arc welding process.  Two scanners are placed 90 degrees to each other and read the surface to sensor datum.  The real time data is fed through the control loop and outputs either an analog or digital signal which are correction values.  The correction signals are applied to the motors to maintain the correct position. The scanner operates with an accuracy of +/- 50microns or 0.002” and scans at a rate of 250Hz.  Seam tracking mode:
  • Set setpoint, tolerance limits, deadband limits
  • Auto home sequence
  • Run in Manual and Auto mode
  • Jog the slides via touchscreen or joystick
  • Displays the setpoint value and error
  • IO for turning on/off the arc welding process
  • E-stop
The system can be equipped with a welding camera for visualization at the same time. The arc weld viewing camera has the following capabilities:
  • Manual or motorized zoom lens
  • 60frames per second
  • Dynamic range > 140dB
  • Auto brightness and exposure adjustment
  • No blooming effects or image artifacts in scene
  • Stand alone system with direct video connect
  • Reticule overlay
To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html

 

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.
[May 23, 2013]—[Invisual E.  Inc. is pleased to announce the offer of a welding camera system combined with automated height control as a tool for improving welding automation and quality control. The ICAM welding camera system extends the operator’s view of the weld zone by providing real time display and capture of the weld arc. Setup, remote guidance, inspection, process control, quality and operator health and safety are prime rea­sons for the ICAM in welding automation. In combination our iWeld-STM provides automatic height control via a closed loop motion control algorithm to assist the operator during the arc welding process.  The scanner operates with an accuracy of +/- 50microns or 0.002” and scans at a rate of 250Hz.  Seam tracking mode:
  • Set setpoint, tolerance limits, deadband limits
  • Auto home sequence
  • Run in Manual and Auto mode
  • Jog the slides via touchscreen or joystick
  • Displays the setpoint value and error
  • IO for turning on/off the arc welding process
  • E-stop
The arc weld viewing camera has the following capabilities:
  • Manual or motorized zoom lens
  • 60frames per second
  • Dynamic range > 140dB
  • Auto brightness and exposure adjustment
  • No blooming effects or image artifacts in scene
  • Stand alone system with direct video connect
  • Reticule overlay
Says the clients who have implemented the system, “ We were looking for something that could improve our productivity.  The welding camera was a nice option and we didn’t want to go to a fully automated seam tracking system.  For arc welding, this combination of a welding camera with automatic control of the vertical axis is a good middle ground.”  For customers requiring improved quality and productivity, this system is a proven tool for welding automation.   To view additional detail and video about this system follow this link: http://www.invisuale.com/solutions/weld-camera.html

 

About Invisual E. Inc.

Invisual E. Inc is dedicated to advancements of quality, efficiency and capabilities for manufacturing. A technology firm that works with OEM, integrators and manufacturers to build brands, expand markets, grow revenues. Pierre Huot is the founder of Invisual E. He received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a B.A. in Science, Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is the author of several published case studies and white papers.