At Schenke Tool Co., we specialize in developing innovative solutions that allow us to deliver better quality with greater throughput. Our success as a manufacturer is built on innovation, and the investment in cutting-edge equipment, which is highlighted in our Yaskawa Motoman robotic welding cell. This state of the art welding system provides a level of flexibility, productivity, and precision that is unmatched with other methods. The precision and consistency that this resource delivers, allowed us to help a customer in the hardware industry with the manufacturing of the hinge highlighted here.

This project was a challenge for a number of reasons; the first was that the design called out tolerances of ±0.005″ on the welding. This required high strength, durable fixturing that would hold up for the entire 600 part run. Fortunately, we employ a team of seasoned professionals that were able to fabricate robust fixturing that would hold up to the project requirements. Before the welding phase, the mild steel hinge components which measured 3/8″ x 2″ x 2.5″ were manufactured in-house to tolerances of ±0.001″ in our machine shop. However, before production could commence, a precision brass prototype was required to verify proof of concept. Quality was maintained throughout the welding phase with comprehensive dimensional and visual inspections where performed to maintain quality. This seemingly simple job was in fact far more complex and involved but, with our skilled staff and advanced manufacturing capabilities we were able to complete the entire project in a few weeks. The customer was very pleased with the results, including the quality and precision.

To learn more about this project, or the process used to manufacture it, see the table below or contact us directly.

Robotic Welded Steel Hinge Highlights

  • Project Name & Description
    • Robotic Welded Custom Steel Hinge
  • Capabilities Applied/Processes
    • In-House Tooling and Fixturing
    • Proof of Concept Prototyping
    • Robotic Welding
  • Specifications
    Overall Part Dimensions
    • 3/8″ x 2″ x 2.5″
    Tightest Tolerances
    • ±0.005″ Welding
    Material Used
    • Mild Steel
    Max Material Finish
    • Polished
    Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
    • Yaskawa Motoman Robotic Welder
    Industry for Use
    • Custom Hardware Industry
  • Additional Information
    Turn-Around Time
    • 3 Weeks
    In-Process Testing/ Inspection Performed
    • Visual Inspection
    • Calibrated gages
    Delivery Location
    • Maryland, USA
    Standards Met
    • Customer Specifications
    • Approximately 600 Parts