October 10, 2003
Principle of machine vision guidance
Masa-Yards licenses revolutionary welding system
Kvaerner Masa-Yards (KMY) has signed a cooperation and licensing agreement for its newly developed and implemented automatic vision guided robot welding system.
The deal has been signed with with Pemamek Oy Ltd, a recognized Finnish welding automation supplier operating in international markets in cooperation with Esab.
In the fabrication or welding of hull parts and subassemblies the current pre-programming times have been reduced to zero and no CAD models are needed.
New technology allows even unmanned production (on night shift).
World record level arc and utility time ratios have been achieved. This has resulted in improved and stable quality and productivity. The new applications are universal and applicable for most types of ship structures, not only for those of cruise ships.
The system is based on highly sophisticated computer software applications which get their input from machine vision. Several patents are pending for new applications to the ship's inner hull and accommodation structures for the cutting, welding and finishing of structural elements and components.