This was a Turn-Key Project supplied by Raptor and Piché. The new planer mill, capable of running 2x4 through 2x12, was wrapped around the existing planer mill. The existing planer mill sorter was retrofitted from J-Bar to drag chain. A bias transfer connects the new sorter to the existing sorter that resides in a separate building. The two mills can run independently; one receiving wood from the planer and the other re-entry or in tandem with both receiving lumber from the faster new line. The various modes of operation are controlled from Raptor's WEBSort interface. Click here to see video.
Raptor supplied a BoardScanner-Q auto-grader and controls for the dual-sorting and stacking lines. The mill runs green rough Douglas Fir, HemFir, and Larch through the scanner. The boards and timbers are cut to length by a dimension trimmer followed by a PET trimmer then into two drag chain sorters with the planers just prior to the stacking lines.
Raptor supplied a new Trimmer Optimizer and controls for the dual sorter line and stacking system. The trim line receives rough lumber from the sawmill and dressed boards from the planer processing them through a single scanner. Click here to read featured article.
Upgraded the legacy Baxley scanner to a new Raptor FX85-E: Edger Optimizer. The installation was completed over the weekend. The existing scanner frame was re-used. There was no need to disturb the existing mechanical set-up.
For this customer, we fitted a rotary table as a 7th axis to work with a Fanuc Arcmate 6 axis robot and controller. Adding a custom end effector with Oxy-propane torch and water cooling completed the hardware.
The system is programmed to run a heat treating wave cycle followed by a water quench for each tooth, skipping groups of teeth to avoid overheating in one area of the gear.
System is configurable by the operator for multiple gear sizes and tooth counts.
The project yielded faster throughput and improved hardening consistency for the customer.
A hob cutter is used in the machining process to cut gear teeth. The hob sharpener is a grinding machine that sharpens the hob cutter before use.
Our customer had an older sharpener where the rotary, mechanical dials had worn and were causing machine uptime and reliability problems.
We removed the existing controls and added a PLC with Operator touchscreen HMI. The new upgrade allows the operator to control all machine motor functions, enter revolutions between coarse dress, fine dress and sparkout, and view status of the machine cycle; all via the Operator touchscreen.
The project allowed an older sharpener to be upgraded providing a new extended life.
Our customer Terratech Consulting designs arch bridges for river crossings often in challenging environments. This arch installed just south of Tulita, North West Territories would be subject to extreme variations in temperature and unpredictable soil conditions resulting from the permafrost layer. Terratech needed a way to measure the impact of the environment on the structure in order to optimize the design of future systems.
Raptor supplied a data monitoring system to capture the distorting forces that impact the structure at various times of the year. The program was designed to also capture data on trigger points of variation thresholds that might not be collected during planned observation periods. The system employed a Campbell Scientific data logger and multiplexers with 15 vibrating wire strain gauges, 4 anchors with integrated VB strain gauges, 9 single point thermistors, 5 thermistor strings, and 6 piezometers. The strain gauges were pre-mounted and wired on the arch plates prior to shipping to Tulita. The entire system is powered by battery and recharged by a solar panel.
On site commissioning was performed by Raptor technicians. Data is now collected remotely via the mobile network connection.