Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How Servo Systems Improve Your Golf Game Part II

This blog is the second edition of a two-part series that describes how modern IIS servo technology helps golfers achieve a hole-in-one!

Last week, we described how IIS servos help golfers keep their game on par. Gil Barfield, former President of Big Bend Machine & Tool Company, used IIS servo technology to develop the CNC Prep Machine, a buffing machine that endowed golf balls with the smooth finish necessary for proper performance. This machine manufactured balls faster than ever, employing DeltaPro units to control the movement of the balls from one stage of the finishing process to another. However, Barfield’s company also developed a more technically advanced, secondary machine, named the Big Bend Seam Buffing Machine, which added additional automation features and replaced all DeltaPro units with a Toshiba SCARA robot.

With Barfield’s Big Bend Seam Buffing Machine, the finishing process is broken down into two basic processes: one process orients the golf balls while another process trims the runners. The Big Bend Seam Buffing Machine employs a Toshiba SCARA robot, which uses a walking beam motion, to advance several golf balls simultaneously through the various orienting and finishing stages. During the orient stage, golf balls are moved through a series of inspection stations that check the orientation of all balls. If a ball is properly oriented, the machine directs this ball to a rotary index table finishing station, complete with a lathe (cutter) station and two sanders. If a ball is not properly oriented, the ball is dropped into a “bad ball” chute. Only properly oriented balls reach the turret load station for final manufacturing.

Like the CNC Prep Machine, the Big Bend Seam Buffing Machine manufactures 33% more golf balls than traditional, pure-mechanical golf finishing equipment. Additionally, Barfield claims that his servo controlled finishing machines are more durable than conventional machinery that exclusively depends on mechanical controlled systems. Relying extensively on modern servo controls supplied by IIS, Barfield’s finishing machines help golf ball manufacturers achieve a “hole-in-one” for ultimate golf ball manufacturing efficiency.

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