KAT® Weld Indexing Automation Carriage
Automates Overlay/Cladding Welding Operations
The Gullco KAT®Indexing System is typically used to automate single or multi-head overlay/cladding welding operations, hard surfacing, etc. The automatic routine drives a motorized device (either the KAT®carriage or the motorized rack arm), cycling back and forth between limit switches. When the device that is cycling reaches a limit switch, it pauses, and the other motorized device starts to index the gun/torch a preset distance in a preset direction. An Arc Signal Relay is supplied with the system to provide integrated arc activation signals to the overlay/surfacing equipment. Two GSP controls, each with dedicated microprocessor chips, are used to control the automatic, two axis indexing system. One GSP control is the Cycle Control and the other is the Index Control. Each control offers user programmable parameters/variables to allow fine-tuning and functional control of the automatic cycle. Gullco Indexing Systems, enable repetitive overlay/ surfacing cycles to be preformed, with precise motion of the gun/torch from start to finish, regardless of the number of passes of the work pieces involved.
Main Components: KAT®Travel Carriage (Flex KAT®for use on flexible track of Rigid KAT®for use on rigid track), KAT®Carriage/Indexer controls, Motorized Indexer Rack Box, Heavy Duty Rack Arm, Control Cable, Limit Switch activators for Carriage and Rack Arm, Torch Holder for standard MIG gun.
Controls: Two GSP controls mounted in the KAT®, each with dedicated microprocessor chips, are used to control the automatic, two axis indexing system. One drives the KAT®, carriage; and one drives the motorized rack arm. They provide: Auxiliary wire feeder on/off, 16 Position Switch giving selectable index increments, Maximum travel of 24″ (609 mm) using 36″ (914 mm) long rack arm, Two Digit Display indicating time that rack arm will index, KAT®Carriage Forward/ Reverse Switch and Carriage speed potentiometer, rack arm Jog Switch and Left/Off/Right switch, Auto On/Off switch, LED display.
Indexing Motorized Rack Box: Complete with limit switches and activators to prevent rack arm overrun, high torque gear motor to provide precise repeatability of the rack arm indexing distance. Standard assembly combines heavy duty 8″ (203 mm) long rack box with 1-1/8″ (29 mm) sq. x 36 (914 mm) long rack arm. Other lengths available
Flex or Rigid KAT®Travel Carriage: with microprocessor pulse width modulation motor controls offering operator interface of forward, stop, reverse and infinitely variable control of the speed, within the range of the models. Travel speeds of the KAT®and Rack box are electronically controlled using an optical tachometer on the back of each gear-motor. Through the use of this closed loop, feedback circuitry, each motor control can obtain accurate and constant speed control of the equipment when running in any plane, regardless of the load (within the rating of the equipment). The length of the KAT®travel path is pre-set by positioning the Track Stops at each end of the desired path. They engage and activate limit switches on the KAT®Travel Carriage to: automatically stop the travel carriage and reverse its movement, activate the control that indexes the rack arm and signals the welding gun to weld or not weld during indexing.
Safety is greatly enhances by the use of Gullco’s low voltage (24V), highly advanced controls and power supply system. Three line voltage inputs, 42, 115 and 230 VAC, single phase, 50/60 Hz, are available.