PEMA laser-hybrid butt welding in action.
More efficiency with maximum quality
STX France SA, an expert in maritime construction and fleet service company, has been working on the Atlantic coast for over 150 years. As one of the world leaders in its industry, STX builds one of the biggest cruisers and highly complex ships, but is also specialized in offshore installations.
-In May 2016 we delivered the biggest Cruise ship of the World called Harmony of the seas to the company RCCL. The ship is 362m long and 66m wide, capacity is 6360 passengers and 2100 crew, tells Floret Camaret, Project Investment Manager, STX France.
The French shipyard had a need of optimizing and boosting the process of deck panel welding. One of the main goals was to find a solution to eliminate deformations and work hours needed for fine-tuning. Also, due to a strong book of orders, STX called for more capacity, but also impeccable quality and faster performance combined with new technology. To maintain its expeditious pace in fleet building and to have more efficient equipment for the shipyard, STX France faced the need to modernize and replace its older panel welding and milling machinery.
To the next Level in efficiency with PEMA technology
PEMA’s solution for STX’s needs was highly advanced PEMA M & OSW- LHAW 20200, integrated one sided laser-hybrid welding and milling station with extensive conveyor solution. The demand was to minimize distortion for the deck panels and to eliminate excess hours of rework, so as a solution a heavy duty milling station was integrated in the machine. Additionally, in the core of the investment was that the machine could feed the two of STX’s already existing panel lines, and hence a special conveyor including PEMA technology was adapted to the system.
-As the order book is full, it’s time for improvements and investments in faster and better quality processes. That’s why we invested in a machine able to make the work of three actual machines of the workshop, summarizes Camaret.
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