Airgas to demonstrate its robotic system


AIRGAS will be offering a virtual demonstration of its patented AcuGravâ„¢ robotic gas mixing system at this years Pittsburgh Conference (PITTCON) in Orlando, Florida.

The demonstration will allow viewers to experience the touch-screen interface and easy-to-understand voice commands that Airgas operators use to make specialty gas mixtures at 20 AcuGrav filling stations nationwide.

Developed in-house by Airgas automation team, the AcuGrav system features a completely modular data collection unit with state-of-the-art technology, including a real-time embedded control system to handle I/O and time-critical routines. The programming includes 450 subroutines that automate the Airgas standard operating procedures for making gas mixtures with precision and consistency for every batch at every AcuGrav location.

Once programmed, AcuGrav takes over making the high-tolerance specialty gas mixtures without the variability of the human element, said Rob Shock, director of automation and chief developer of AcuGrav.

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