By Nick Gilbert
Ambrell, a manufacturer of induction heating systems, has announced that it will be demonstrating automated induction heating of stainless steel tubes using a robot at the IMTS, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois.
Ambrell will be exhibiting the system along with Nutek Industrial Systems, a specialist in automation and a part of the Ambrell Hardening Group. These two companies are part of the Ambrell Hardening Team, which also includes Induction Tooling, a supplier of heat treating processes and tooling.
At the exhibition, a scaled-down demonstration of a fastener preheating application will be conducted. A small Fanuc robot will be used to pick up stainless steel tubes of ½” size. It will then place the tubes in an encapsulated coil. An Ambrell 2 kW/150-400 kHz EASYHEAT induction heating system will be employed to heat the tube for around 10 s. The robot will then remove the preheated tubes. During actual production, these preheated tubes will be forged or “hot headed.”
The Director of Sales at Ambrell, Tom Dickerson stated that the preheating application provides a brief idea about the capabilities of the partnership team. The company is expecting to meet and speak with other companies regarding their requirements relating to precision heating.
The IMTS is scheduled to be held from 10 to 15 September at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Ambrell will be demonstrating in the North Hall in booth 6042.