GE Healthcare MRI Fabrication Case Study (Demonstration & Review)

GE Healthcare MRI Fabrication Case Study (Demonstration & Review)



customers large multinational corporation and they do produce a lot of medical imaging equipment and they ship products all over the world and they have a high requirement for regulatory compliance with their products in this particular application we're handling a five and a half ton workpiece it's aluminum vessel and involves customized material handling and adaptive welding to achieve the end result it's a fully automated application in that deal operator doesn't touch the workpiece after he's loaded into the Machine and he picks it up basically on the other side after the welds are complete so with the clients existing process they had a lot of material handling involving overhead cranes so that's a lot of lifting overhead which poses continuous safety risks and whatnot rigging and just the time to get a vessel into the air and onto a machine takes a lot of time also the machinery that they needed to handle the workpiece that alone just to flip it took a large component their floor space they also had some weld quality issues and a lot of rework that had to be done to the weld and they had strong desire to move to a single full production line they're material handling problem with all their old red crane use we eliminated by letting the Machine handle the workpiece of all through the cell so now instead of the operator having to pick up the workpiece with the crane put it on a separate piece of equipment tip at 90 degrees and then take it off and put it into the cell the cell does all of that it all the operator needs to do now is load the workpiece into the cell and hit load vessel the rest happens we automated their welding process because their existing process was very manual and semi automated actually and it'll guide heavily on their operator skill and and just due diligence in their process they had a lot of cleaning that was needed between passes on their welds and finished weld that they were producing required a lot of grinding pulls after welding just to have it fit with the next pieces in their production line what we provided as a solution was a robot capable of performing adaptive steam tracking on their welding we use lazer team tracking for this application because aluminum doesn't provide adequate information for through arc tracking which is commonly used with Steel's laser steam tracking also allows for adaptation between weld joints and geometries so it could adapt to changes in the groove and position to to achieve a consistent result all around you

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