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    This is the time of the year that we are shipping out all of the paint robot systems that need to be installed in automotive assembly plants during the Christmas shut down. We ship the robots right on the rail to simplify and reduce assembly time in the plant, because we only have ten days to get the system installed and running. We ship the rails with a lifting fixture mounted on each end, with the shackle installed in the hole that is above the CG of the rail system. This prevents the rail from being dropped due to shoddy rigging, when they unload the rail at the assembly plant. One of our venders messed up on the start position of the lifting. The error caused the lifting hole to be too close to the edge of the plate, so that the hole could rip out due to the weight of the robot and rail. Of course we only found the problem the day before we had to ship the system. I told the vender that it would be ok to build up the missing material by MIG welding. They did a nice job grinding the weld so you really couldn’t tell that it was welded. Our guys painted the fixtures just before they installed the fixtures on the rails. I didn’t get a picture of the painted lifting fixture but the paint had a chance to dry during shipping. I couldn’t find any pictures of our rails with the actual fixture mounted on it so I included a different fixture on a different rail, which holds the door and deck lid opening robots.

    Attached Files
    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DoAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Everlast PowerTIG 400 EXT

  • #2
    The day before you were going to ship; lordy, what a nightmare, Don!!! At least you found it in time! Good fix, can't see why they could object.
    Last edited by old jupiter; 12-12-2015, 08:01 PM.


    • #3
      WOW, nice work and save the Boss's Butt, that is a hefty looking beam, we still have craftsman in America.