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Critical Engine Fasteners – Pushing the Limits of Flawless Fastener Manufacturing

 

Check out our latest article – here’s a snippet:

International manufacturer-supplier relationship spurs innovation in laser gauging and axial vision inspection technology for critical fasteners

In an engine, seven types of screws out of approximately 70 are considered critical, that are crucial to achieving the engine’s specified design performance: bolts for the cylinder head, crankshaft, con rod, flywheel, and main bearing cap, as well as for the camshaft cap, camshaft sprocket and VCT.

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Fastening Solutions – Published Article

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Target: zero defects

As manufacturers look to lightweight materials for improved fuel economy, the associated fastening problems necessitate zero defects through 100% inspection. Del Williams reports

From automotive, trucking, and heavy equipment to aerospace, agriculture, and high-volume appliance/electronics, manufacturers looking to reduce weight (or for cost savings) have turned to lightweight materials like aluminum, plastics, zinc and magnesium. The associated fastening issues require zero defects from fastener manufacturers, as production speed and quality depends on them.

– See more at: http://www.fastening-solutions.co.uk/features/target-zero-defects-1/115029/#sthash.wr4UuuWe.dpuf

Eliminating Defective Fasteners With Higher-Resolution, 3D Inspection Equipment

Eliminating Defective Fasteners With Higher-Resolution, 3D Inspection Equipment

IMG_7816wdefect circled2As manufacturers look to lightweight materials for better fuel economy, associated fastening problems necessitate zero defects through 100% inspection.

From automotive, trucking and heavy equipment to aerospace, agriculture and high-volume appliance/electronics, manufacturers looking to reduce weight (or for cost savings) have turned to lightweight materials like aluminum, plastics, zinc and magnesium. The associated fastening issues require zero defects from fastener manufacturers as production speed and quality depends on them.

While fastener manufacturers have long relied on sorting to remove defects before they enter production, the fact is that cold heading, moving and inscribing metal with threads is not entire………. read more here!

GI ships out 3 more LaserLabs…

Announcing: General Inspection ships out 3 LaserLabTMs to one of the world’s largest fastener manufactures

Gi has shipped out three new LaserLabTMs to one of the world’s laserlab150largest fastener manufactures. Two LaserLabs will go to Illinois and one will be shipped to the manufactures Mexico plant. Each LaserLab features the patented eight (8) laser array, centering device, top tooling and magnetic stage. These features combined ensure the parts does not move, nor need to be rotated for a complete 360o dimensional inspection.

In the few seconds it takes to scan a part, all dimensions, including lengths, diameters, radii, angles, and external thread measurements are displayed, accurate to less than a few microns. Out of tolerance features are highlighted in red. A complete roster of all dimensions is displayed for entry into an excel spreadsheet. After tolerances are assigned with the appropriate part number, they can be stored in memory for quick re-call when that part is to be inspected again.

The manufactures intends to place all three of these LaserLabTM units into their quality labs for first piece inspection, final audits and Ppap’s.

Contact General Inspection, LLC at 248.625.0529 or for more information regarding their latest fastener gauging technology and Instruments of LeanTM.

Quality Magazine Article: Data Collection

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Data Collection War Stories

The most unpredictable factor in almost every process? People.

 

November 3, 2014
Over the course of 20 years, I’ve visited hundreds of different factory floors and seen a wide variety of manufacturers implement data collection and statistical process control (SPC) solutions. I’m often called upon to help establish the proper monitoring strategy to detect changes in a process while allowing for normal variation. Experience has led me to pay particularly close attention to the impact of the most unpredictable factor in almost every process: human beings. Humans are a ripe source of special cause variation, system breakdown or just humorous misunderstandings. I have seen how, sometimes innocently and sometimes deliberately, human actions can result in unwanted outcomes, missed opportunities or head-scratching mess-ups. I thought I would share some of the more interesting or amusing situations that I’ve seen over the years.

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Gi’s newest Instruments of Lean: Gi-100DT

Gi recently redesigned and improved the Gi-100; the new Gi-100DT features a dial table style glass top, which allows the parts to be stable. The stability of the parts allows for better image analysis, data capturing and precision. The Gi-100DT is primarily used forGi-100DT with logo - compressed2 sorting flat parts that have less than a 2:1 length to diameter ratio – Nuts, valve spring retainers, rivets, bushings, washers, etc. – all at up to 1,000 parts per minute (though most parts average closer to 400 parts per minute).

Multiple sensors can be added to the Gi-100DT, including Eddy Current, Multiple Vision Stations with Gi specialty lenses and Laser Topography. Eddy Current ensures you check for metallurgical defects such as seams, missing plating or hardness variations. Vision stations can be added to detect defects like chips in the ID, missing internal threads and even damaged threads on deep threaded holes, nylon ring presence, chips in grooves, cracks, missing or damaged weld projections and missing crimp. Our newest sensor, Laser Topography shows a 3D profile of the parts and can measure diameters, heights, as well as find defects like chips, dents and flatness.

The Gi-100DT is used to inspect 100% of the production. This Instruments of Lean, sorting machine, has great flexibility to sort a wide variety of parts. The Gi-100DT with its array of Patented and Patent Pending sensors allows customers to achieve zero defects and realize: improvement of the manufacturing process, reduction in variation, and improved profitability.

Easy change over amongst different part profiles possible; Gi-360 with Dual Feeder

August 26, 2013

Announcing: Easy change over amongst different part profiles possible; Gi-360 with Dual Feeder

The first Gi-360 with a Dual Feeder has been delivered to an Italian fastener manufacture. The benefit of a dual feeder is that it can run both studs and bolts, in multiple sizes, on the same machine. It requires very little change over time and reduces the cost of buying multiple machines for different part profiles. The feeder stays in place as the sorting machine is built onto rail system that allows it to  easily slide from one side of the feeder (for parts with heads) to the other (studs), then locks into place to ensure proper stability.

The Laser Gauging aspect of the Gi-360 consists of eight laser beams perpendicular to the part axis checking dimensional values of the part, such as: Missing Washer, Straightness, Thread Measurements, Damaged threads, oversized flange, Shank length, Perpendicularity, Poor corners, Undersized corners. Additional options available on a Gi-360 include Super Eddy Current and Vision stations to view the ends of the fastener.

This Gi-360 also includes a redesigned accepted parts chute to dissipate the kinetic energy of the good parts as they exit the machine. The redesigned chute also prevents the parts from hitting one another preventing damage to parts that are already in the accepted parts bin.

Defects detected plus the data provided by the Gi-360 are used to improve the manufacturing process.  The results are: reduction in variation, improved profitability and delivery of zero defects.

Gi-6v to inspect a variety of both pistol and rifle cases delivered

August 14, 2013

The first Gi-6v to inspect a variety of both pistol and rifle cases has been delivered. All calibers run on the same machine due to its interchangeable feeder plates and quick to recall template software. The Gi-6v is equipped with 8 laser beams and 12 vision systems, which can capture more than 360o around the part (both dimensions and visual defects). The 12 vision systems consist of ….click here to read more!

Gi Acquires NDT Technologies Inc. of Holly, Michigan

May 31, 2013

Dear Customers and Suppliers:

I wanted to personally thank you for helping General Inspection (“G.I.”) achieve such rapid growth, particularly over the past three years. G.I. has been fortunate to have the support of our valued customers and suppliers as the development of G.I.’s product line has progressed. Your feedback and suggestions have been invaluable.

G.I. continues to invest very heavily in R&D for all types of technical sorting and gauging, with a focus on sensors and our proprietary software. We expect to continue to set the world standard for laser, optical and eddy-current sorting and inspection equipment.

I am very happy to announce G.I. has acquired the assets of NDT, Inc. of Holly, Michigan. NDT has specialized in internal diameter inspection. Their products can profile and/or gauge the entire internal geometry of cylindrical parts. This acquisition will immediately strengthen G.I.’s NCTP (non-contact thread probe) product line for inspection and detection of internal threads.

Additionally, we expect to offer upgraded versions of NDT’s unique products. We will advise you as these offerings are available.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Mike Nygaard
President

 

Gi releases new 360 degree Virtual Tilt upgrade to software series

Friday, October 19, 2012: General Inspection, LLC (Gi) has just released an update to their software for the Gi-360 sorting machine. This new 3600 Virtual Tilt, virtually corrects for the cosine error as a result of the relationship of the head to the shank and length of the part as it slides down the V-Track. This allows for more accurate images of the part to catch smaller defects and measure more features. This is  state of the art software, this new feature is not available on any other sorting machine. All new Gi-360’s will have this new software feature standard and current customers can call to schedule their upgrade.