Weldon Solutions News
Weldon supports local high school Robotics Team
Vicki Rispoli contacted us in December of 2013 as part of an outreach to the local engineering community. Vicki is a mentor on the TechFire 225 Robotics Team who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition division - an upper level robotics competition that is open to high school age students. The TechFire 225 team was very successful last year, winning first place in several meets. The 2014 season began on January 4th allowing the team only six weeks to design, build and test their robots. Robots are sealed in a date stamped bag until the first competition. One of the team’s goals this year was to receive enough support to build two robots. This would allow for continued testing and refinement on the second after the first was “bagged” for competition. Changes and repairs are allowed immediately before the competitions. Weldon was proud to support the TechFire 225 team. They were very successful and qualified for the world championships in St. Louis. We would like to express our deepest thanks to the entire team and all who supported them. Their ingenuity and efforts are an inspiration for us all. As a proud supporter, Weldon values the development of tomorrow’s engineers.
Here is a link to their website and blog: www.techfire225.com
And two articles about the outcomes of their 2014 competitions:
York robotics team secures berth in world championships
York robotics team finishes season as world championship quarterfinalist
Way to go TechFire 225!
Weldon Solutions and the Robot Selfie…
Weldon Solutions participated in the International Business & Workforce Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30, 2014. This event was held at the York Fairgrounds and was sponsored by the York County Economic Alliance and World Trade Center of Harrisburg.
We had exhibited in this show a few times, but not since 2005. We had been asked several times by the sponsors to participate before agreeing to exhibit just a few weeks ago. This led to some last minute efforts by:
- Carl, Keith, Kyle in getting Milton up and running and re-programming the new vision images - they changed the candy wrappers!
- Bernie and crew to get the machine wrapped and prepped for shipment.
During set-up, the show and tear down a number of unanticipated issues arose that needed quick resolution:
- Not surprisingly, lighting was different at the Utz Hall versus the Weldon shop, so Kyle had to rework the vision process on site.
- The air compressor was having problems and a quick decision was made to purchase a replacement that was delivered shortly before the exhibit started on Wednesday.
- The decision was made to use the old compressor as long as possible, until it officially died an hour later. Kole exhibited almost all of the attributes of a good plumber – not all its “cracked” up to be – in rigging up the new air compressor to get Milton back in operation.
- Special thanks to Kyle and Kole for sticking around the last night to clean everything up and bring it back to Weldon.
All of this seemed to pay off well as Weldon’s display was the big winner. We won:
- Best New Exhibitor
- Best Use of Technology
- People’s Choice
Mindy has already posted the Blue Ribbons in the Weldon front lobby!
Thanks to everyone for all of their help. We were one of the most interesting booths in the exhibit hall. We made some good contacts and there are now hundreds of York County high school sophomores who have a better understanding of vision-guided robotics. Kiersten patiently watched the robot looking alternately at the Camcorder and then the TV. After observing this programmed activity, she stated that “Milton was taking a selfie”. After years of trade shows, I thought that I had heard it all … only to be proven wrong again!
You can read more about the Business Expo here.
Weldon to Exhibit at IMTS 2014
Be sure to connect with Weldon Solutions at IMTS 2014 at Booth #N-6870. Talk with our CNC Grinder and Robotic Automation professionals and see live demonstrations of OD/ID C-axis grinding, high precision small part angular wheelhead OD grinding, dual spindle ID grinding and robotic part picking, line tracking with vision systems and center lapping. New this year will be a display of robotic 3D area scanning.
IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show - is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, with more than 1,800 exhibitors and 82,000 visitors. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place, Chicago. IMTS 2014 will be held September 8 - 13.
Weldon is Founding Member of iExplore
Weldon Solutions is one of ten founding members of the iExploreManufacturingCareers.com website project. The iExplore website is an initiative of the Manufacturers Association of South Central PA (MASCPA) to help local youth learn more about some of the most in-demand jobs in Central Pennsylvania manufacturing. In addition to MASCPA, there are 9 founding members of iExploreManufacturingCareers.com including BAE Systems, Dentsply, Glatfelter Paper, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, R.H. Sheppard, Snyder’s-Lance, Voith Hydro, and Weldon Solutions. The initiative is funded in-part by the South Central Workforce Investment Board (SCWIB).
George Sipe, Jr., Weldon's President, has been lending his expertise to the iExplore Committee from it's inception.
Robotic Systems that Save Local Businesses Money
From The Central Penn Business Journal - Business Porfiles 2012: Across Pennsylvania, manufacturers are looking for ways to cut costs and keep jobs in the commonwealth. Weldon Solutions, a developer of integrated automation systems, is helping local companies stay on the cutting edge of technology.
“Manufacturing has suffered greatly in the past 10 years. We’re trying to convince America that automation is the way to be competitive worldwide now,” said Denny Rowe, director of sales and marketing. Read the article (PDF)
Weldon Solutions Featured in WGAL Unique Jobs Segment
Weldon Solutions was featured recently in a segment of WGAL TV's (Lancaster, PA) Unique Jobs. The segment takes an interesting look at the use of robots in industrial automation.