Truck Axle Shaft Gauge

In partnership with Hartwig, Autonetics has successfully installed and commissioned a Static Gauging Unit (SGU) for SAF Holland at their Warrenton, MO facility. This gauge is part of an automation cell producing parallel and tapered ends of heavy truck axle shafts.

Cell Operation

Pallets of part blanks are loaded into the cell. The tending Kuka Robot depalletizes the blanks and loads them into the Okuma lathe for turning. Once the turning process in the completed, the robot removes the part, presents it to a blow off station to remove excess coolant left over from the machining process, and then places the part on the Autonetics Gauge.

In less than 20 seconds the gauge scans the length of the part, measuring critical outer diameters, thread minor, thread major, and thread pitch diameter. The scan results are processed and a Pass / Fail determination is sent to the handling PLC.

The robot then removes the part from the gauge and loads the next.

Real Time Tool Offsets

Closing the loop between quality control and the manufacturing process, the SGU sends the latest gauging results directly to the Okuma Control via a network connection. Utilizing Caron Engineering’s AutoComp software, the Okuma control processes the results and updates the machine tool offsets.

This process allows the cell to operate autonomously and consistently produce prime parts with no operator intervention.

Spot checking for defects in a high-speed manufacturing facility can lead to a lot of scrap before a problem is noticed. Autonetics provides 100% automated inspection, removing the guesswork from quality control.

All Autonetics systems come standard with remote connectivity capability. This feature allows Autonetics to connect to the gauge from our office and perform software updates and also troubleshoot any problems.

This feature is part of a critical service we provide to our customers: ongoing development and improvement even after installation of the gauge. When new parts need to be added or existing parts modified, Autonetics can quickly deploy a software update without the delay of traveling onsite.

Every inspection system built by Autonetics is hand crafted by industry veterans with a passion for quality. We focus on the details that matter most: durability, reliability, and accurate results. Our dedication to our craft means you can spend your time doing what you do best while knowing the quality control is under control.

Autonetics’ metrology team are pioneers in factory floor metrology. Each gauge is hand-crafted to provide consistent, reliable results. Through the clever use of modern-day technology, experienced design engineers, and dedicated leadership, Autonetics delivers affordable gauging solutions for all manufacturing processes.


Automated Precision Inspection Technology

  • Category

  • Purpose

    Truck Axle Inspection
  • Client

    SAF Holland
  • Industry

  • Location

    Warrenton, MO
  • Gauge R&R

    < 10%
  • Cycle Time

    20 sec