Italian shipbuilding company places order for laser-hybrid welding production line

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One of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies, Fincantieri, based in Italy, has purchased a thin plate flat-panel production line that uses laser-hybrid welding, from Pemamek, a Finnish welding automation firm.

The production line, totalling 300m in length, includes a one-sided welding station, a milling station, profile assembling and welding stations (both using laser-hybrid welding), a profile processing line, a panel trimming station, and several robotic welding systems that can weld T-beams onto the panels. 

Fincantieri is known for its expertise in designing and building cruise ships, offshore vessels, naval and special vessels, as well as ferries and mega yachts. Pemamek has previously supplied the company’s shipyards with robot welding stations, a laser-hybrid one-sided welding station, a profile processing line and another complete flat-panel line.

Based on these earlier successful deliveries, Fincantieri has decided to invest once again in Pemamek’s automation technology, placing an order for the firm’s PEMA Laser-hybrid thin plate panel line.

Pemamek’s turn-key delivery will also include installation and commissioning, testing, training, production support and recommended spare parts. A comprehensive preventive maintenance agreement package will be determined during the project execution.

The advanced production line is completely customised according to Fincantieri’s needs to build high-quality cruise ship panels and blocks. Due to minimised distortion on produced panels, Fincantieri will be able to fabricate panels with better quality and productivity. The level of automation in the entire line is optimised in order to achieve high capacity while demanding less manual work and manpower.

The complete PEMA Laser-hybrid thin plate panel line will be delivered in 2020.

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