In the Oil and Gas Industry, various types of positioning equipment such as offshore cranes and hydraulic lifting equipment are vital tools from refinement to distribution. In order to ensure smooth and efficient production, all equipment is required to have high reliability and precise positioning. Without a non-contact laser measurement system, the challenge of ensuring consistent precision and efficiency is nearly impossible. Operating without a measurement system can lead to many errors such as crash collisions, extreme human/environmental safety concerns, and costly damaged products
Acuity has had many customers request that the AR1000 long range laser sensor be able to provide a color Touch Panel Display that can output the measurement format in English unit fractions.
On March 28, loads were applied to the test unit to replicate 150 percent of the most extreme forces the airplane is ever expected to experience while in service. The wings were flexed upward by approximately 25 feet (7.6 meters) during the test and the fuselage was pressurized to 150 percent of its maximum normal operating condition.
Amusement parks across the world see millions of visitors each year. With packed crowds and long lines for the best rides, many theme park management teams are looking for ways to help keep the lines moving and reduce the long wait times. Laser measurement sensors are used in many amusement parks to help monitor the frequently used attractions and help move theme park visitors to less busy attractions.
A global manufacturer of self-contained drill rigs uses the AccuRange 1000 laser distance sensor to automatically gage the depth of drilled holes. Their drill rigs are equipped with powerful down-the-hole hammers for high-capacity rock drilling in quarries, opencast mines and construction projects. The operator, sitting in a climate-controlled cabin, can know the exact hole depth on a digital console display.
Steel mills producing large coils of sheet stock store their inventory on the floors of huge warehouses. The large, heavy coils are picked and placed using overhead cranes, often referred to as bridge cranes. These cranes ride the length of the building along two, parallel rails. A hoist moves on the trolley and lowers a hook or other mechanical grabber to move objects. Operators control the crane’s movement via an overhead control cabin or by remote-control from on manufacturing floor.
n 2006, the City of Minneapolis commissioned a permanent public artwork at the Minneapolis Public Library. Built into the structure of the two glass elevator cabs in Library Hall, “Four Stories” displays the titles of recently checked-out books in large, illuminated text as the elevators move between floors.
A manufacturer in Brazil designs and builds tanks and vessels for use in various chemical and petrochemical industries. The tanks built from carbon or stainless steels, are fabricated in sections and welded together in a final assembly. They are required to maintain strict dimensional tolerances for the pre and final assemblies. The company approached Acuity to assist in improving their dimensional measurement practices.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial aircraft built from lightweight composite materials. Like aluminum structure wings during their development, the composite wings undergo rigorous test. Among those tests, is the “wing up-bend test” which test the mechanical integrity the wing when being displaced upwards.
A system integrator in Croatia worked closely with a steel pipe manufacturer to develop a system for measuring the length during production. The clever solution incorporates an AR1000 laser distance sensor from Acuity to measure to the leading edge of the pipe during cutting. The high-speed saw blade serves as the Zero Point Reference during the cutting process. The pipe is stationary during cutting and gives a very stable reading.