Digital camera based mostly Seam Monitoring for TIG Tube Mills



Many fabricators of metallic tubes have chosen TIG welding as their welding course of as a result of it’s a versatile, environment friendly course of in a position to be part of most kinds of supplies in a high-quality weld with clear edges and minimal weld bead.   

Like all welding processes, TIG welding depends on exact alignment of the welding torch to the welding seam to get an excellent weld and produce top quality tubes.  The seam location can change over time as the assorted tensions within the tube could cause it to twist because it’s pulled by the weld head.  The twisting tube can imply that the weld seam can rotate out and in of place with respect to the TIG welding torch.  

See the figures under to see instance pictures of the weld seam in, and out of, alignment with the weld head. 

Seam in Alignment with TIG Torch

Determine 1: Seam in Alignment with TIG Torch   

Seam Out of Alignment with TIG Torch

Determine 2: Seam Out of Alignment with TIG Torch


The standard resolution to monitoring the seam is to try to find it utilizing a mechanical feeler/wheel or a non-contact laser triangulation system.  The issue with some of these gear is that they discover the weld seam solely and assume the measurement datum on which they’re based mostly is at all times in the identical place.  If, for instance, the gear will get knocked or the torch itself strikes, the seam place measured by the machine won’t be an correct measurement relative to the torch tip.  Such conventional measurement instruments face different challenges as properly: particles on or close to the seam might trigger a mechanical system that depends on bodily contact with the seam edges to learn incorrectly.  Laser triangulation techniques are sometimes mounted farther upstream on a TIG tube mill, so they don’t seem to be measuring the seam edge place at some extent shut sufficient the place it must be – simply earlier than the weld head.  As well as, laser triangulation techniques search for the sides of the seam by measuring a single level on every edge.  If that precise level on the sting will not be persistently fashioned due to a variable edge preparation, then the outcome reported again from the laser could also be not the place the true edge is.   

Compared, a camera-based measurement software that may see the seam and the TIG torch tip in the identical picture is ready to measure the relative offset of the seam and its edges in a extra sturdy method. Ought to the digital camera be by some means knocked throughout manufacturing, it is going to nonetheless be capable of see the weld seam place relative to the TIG torch tip, so long as each stay seen within the picture.  As well as, utilizing a 2D digital camera strategy permits a number of measurement factors for use to seek out the sides of a weld seam with a best-fit edge detection algorithm to take away any localized discrepancies.  The ensuing measurement is extra exact and fewer liable to localized variations than different measurement strategies. 

One other concern widespread to most tube mills is the standard of the sting preparation of the coil.  When the strip metallic is rolled right into a tube, the 2 edges come collectively for welding.  If the sides haven’t been ready correctly, they are often fairly tough. The ensuing weld seam hole (the house between the 2 sides of the fashioned materials simply earlier than welding) can fluctuate considerably in width based mostly on the consistency of the sides.  If the weld seam hole turns into too massive, the weld course of might produce a sunken weld or might even see the welder burn by the seam, leading to a poor weld.  An answer will be discovered by measuring the seam width utilizing a digital camera.  

The Xiris SeamMonitor™ system has been particularly developed to measure the seam alignment and weld seam width on TIG welded tube mills.  Combining a Excessive Dynamic Vary (HDR) weld digital camera that may see a wide range of brightness to simply seize the TIG torch, weld arc and weld seam, with refined machine imaginative and prescient measurement software program, SeamMonitor™ permits real-time monitoring of the weld seam measurement, the torch tip location, and the relative offset between the torch tip and its seam.

Seam Monitor in Position

Determine 3: The Xiris SeamMonitor™ with a Seam in Alignment.  Observe the Seam Place of -0.26 mm within the SeamMonitor™ Outcomes tab to the proper. 

As a result of it’s a camera-based resolution, the SeamMonitor™ can be utilized both as a standalone visible resolution to offer picture suggestions to the operator, or it may be built-in with the mill’s controller for closed loop suggestions management.  

The SeamMonitor™ system will be added to any TIG welded tube mill.  The digital camera must be mounted off-axis to view the TIG torch tip whereas additionally having a transparent view of the weld seam earlier than the welding takes place.  Threshold warning and alarm limits of all of the measured parameters will be set by the operator and the outcomes will be output to an exterior machine if required.  All parameters and pictures will be recorded for high quality assurance of the tubes based mostly on the set-up parameters and outlined warning/failure limits. 

Seam Monitor Out of Position

Determine 4: The SeamMonitor™ software program detects the Out-of-Alignment Situation – be aware the Seam Place Studying of -1.06 mm within the SeamMonitor™ Outcomes tab to the proper. 


SeamMonitor™ addresses one of the crucial urgent wants going through TIG tube fabricators: how to make sure that the seam being introduced to the weld field is in the proper place and ready correctly for an excellent weld?  By with the ability to clearly see the TIG torch and weld seam, and detecting the alignment between the 2, the SeamMonitor™ can present mill operators goal data-based instruments that may exactly monitor the standard of the welding course of. 

To study extra about SeamMonitor™, request a replica of the datasheet right here or contact one in all our product specialists. 


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