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Flexible welding automation of ship erection (DOCKWELDER)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G3RD-CT-2000-00289

  • Start date

    1 February 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2004

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 914 533

  • EU contribution

    € 1 598 705

Coordinated by:

APS - GESELLSCHAFT FUER AUTOMATISIERUNG, PROZESSSTEUERUNG UND SCHWEISSTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

Objective

Recovering competitiveness through automation of the ship erection process is a strategic aim for the European shipbuilders and this project is an important aim of the strategy. The objective is to alternate 30% of the welding tasks in the dock area and raise the productiveness with 10%. This is achieved by a thorough analysis of building methods and automation technologies and by developing and implementing an autonomous moveable robotic welding unit equipped with a modular long reach manipulator. Project results: Positive impact on employment, improved working conditions, a comprehensive knowledge of methods to automate the ship erection, a modular and moveable robotic system adapted to the dock environment, a welding process controller handling large weld gaps, a long reach robot manipulator, an advanced real time motion planner for multi-axis manipulators.

Coordinator

APS - GESELLSCHAFT FUER AUTOMATISIERUNG, PROZESSSTEUERUNG UND SCHWEISSTECHNIK GMBH

Address

4,Reutershagweg 4
52074 Aachen

Germany

Participants (4)

CYBERNETIX S.A. - INGENIERIE DES SYSTEMES AUTOMATIQUES ET ROBOTIQUES

France

FINCANTIERI - CANTIERI NAVALI ITALIANI SPA

Italy

ODENSE STEELSHIPYARD LTD

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK - UNIVERSITY OF ODENSE

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G3RD-CT-2000-00289

  • Start date

    1 February 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2004

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 914 533

  • EU contribution

    € 1 598 705

Coordinated by:

APS - GESELLSCHAFT FUER AUTOMATISIERUNG, PROZESSSTEUERUNG UND SCHWEISSTECHNIK GMBH

Germany