Development of an inspection and conditioning system for steel industry products
The main aim of this research programme is the automation of slab inspection during their extraction from the continuous casting machine. To this end, a robotic system equipped with measurement transducers is proposed for moving in a flexible fashion a non-destructive test transducer along the upper and side faces of a slab. By extension, this system could be integrated within a larger equipment, including facilities for the on-line conditioning of surface defects. The solution proposed involves a modular robot with electrical drives, comprising a gantry with a mobile carriage. This is equipped with a horizontally-moving arm which carries a vertically-mobile cradle containing the control transducer and the telemeters. These in turn pilot the fast-acting hydraulic actuators maintaining the distance and, possibly, the parallelism between the transducer and the slab surface. A light water-cooled insulating envelope is specified to protect the robot and its load against thermal radiation from the slab. Programming has been set-up so as to give a detailed examination of defective zones detected during a fast scan. The system is intended in particular for continuously cast products, heavy plates and beams at high temperature.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12132 FR (1989) MF, 69 pp., ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 8.75
Record Number: 198910938 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: fr
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