Within automated assembly, there are many important factors that affect the outcomes of any assembly line, whether as advanced as an automotive plant, or a much simpler setup. One thing that is necessary for
any line to run smoothly is a regular attention to the calibration of all of the various machines involved. Machines may make a task move quicker than any human worker could, but that also can lead to quickly compounding errors as a result of a machine repeatedly performing a task imperfectly.
The solution to this undesirable scenario is careful calibration. Calibration does two main things: ensures the proper tolerances are being met by each individual machine, and ensures consistent alignment to specific standards across all manufacturers for any given machine. So not only will a properly calibrated machine perform its task to the precision specified, but any machine that conforms to the same calibration standards will perform the same, within the tolerances of the standard.
One common example we see is torque hand and power tools – torque can be a critical variable in assembly for safety and other considerations. For instance if a fastener is too loose, safety or product integrity can become a concern, but if a fastener is too tight, you risk damaging or deforming the unit. In this case, a torque meter can calibrate these torque-critical tools- and the meter itself also calibrated, as the weights and radius wheels must conform to set standards.
At ASG, ensuring ease and quality of assembly is a chief concern, which is why we calibrate both torque tools, torque meters, and more by measures traceable to NIST, and have live technicians standing by during business hours to help you with your questions. For quality repair and calibration, look no further than ASG. (Contributions by Mike Starick, ASG Service Manager)