Rear Corner Post Welder Integration

Rear Corner Post Welder Integration

A client designed a welding work cell to manufacture components for their product. This workcell comprised of two welding bays, each containing a Miller Welder on an axis that was to be controlled by a servo. The customer specified how the workcell was to function to support the manufacture of their product.

Pacific Blue Engineering (PBE) designed a full turn-key control solution to deliver the specified functionality. PBE also designed and built an electrical enclosure to provide machine control and developed the necessary PLC and HMI programming. The controls solution included two Kinetix 350 Servos and Ethernet IP control of three Miller Welders, all being controlled by an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC with a Panel View Plus HMI providing controls for operators.

Since the workcell was an original design, every element had to be developed from scratch. Furthermore, the customer had specified requirements for multiple modes of operation by the machine. In the absence of reference material, due to the work cell being developed in-house, it is always challenging to provide a solution that meets the expectations of the customer. Examples from other machines were made available, but the translation to this particular application, that would yield a solution consistent with the other machine in the facility, was far from straightforward. With the new controls in place, the machine will be capable of either manufacturing two separate components or synchronously manufacturing mirrored components in each bay. This machine now clamps loaded parts and places welds on the component based on recipe values.

The project was the first with this customer for PBE and is to be commissioned in the coming weeks. Its success should provide a pathway for future project support by PBE.

similar posts

Turn-Key Legacy Controls Migration & Safety Upgrade
Pacific Blue Engineering successfully designed, programmed, installed, and commissioned a turn-key controls and safety upgrade on a machine for a large food & beverage customer. – Upgraded a legacy PLC to a Rockwell Automation CompactGuard safety PLC – Migrated a legacy HMI to a Rockwell Automation PanelView Plus 7 – Decommissioned existing field devices on...
Share on facebook
Safety Makes Cents
Pacific Blue Engineeringā€™s (PBE) client recently presented a situation that many companies find themselves in: a machine on their floor, in this case, a shrink wrapper, was still mechanically sound but was starting to show its age.  More frequent downtime and less predictable operation were becoming the norm at the end of their production line. ...
Share on facebook
Not a bad spot for a monthly meeting with the Pacific Blue SoCal team šŸ˜Ž
Share on facebook
Gearing up for the incoming class of 2022! What an intelligent and talented group.
Share on facebook
@ Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) 2022 Executive Conference
What a great opportunity to learn and share with some of the most influential leaders in the control system & automation industry!
Share on facebook
Using a secure VPN connection to prevent unplanned downtime & update a control system remotely.
Pacific Blue uses a secure VPN connection logging in remotely to a PLC, diagnosing and resolving an issue within 30 minutes which prevented an extended unplanned shutdown. In addition to immediate remote support, we were able to send several over the air updates to the HMI without impacting operations. Connect with us about 24/7 remote...
Share on facebook

Contact Us

Telephone:

(657) 201-8603

Contact us for a free site visit!

support@pacificblueengineering.com

Corporate Office “The Shop”

Pacific Blue Engineering, LLC
2880 Orange Ave
Long Beach, CA 90755

Your message has been sent!