Where the clock is ticking

06.04.2020 10:12:38

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Wherever thousands of tons of steel are processed into floating giants or wind rotor beams that are firmly anchored in the seabed, every move has to be perfect. Individual parts must be delivered just in time, delays in the individual trades are a no-go. The welders are at the forefront. Welcome to the forward business of shipyards and offshore.

Welds on ships and wind turbines are subject to particularly tough requirements. They have to withstand high waves and tremendous pressure as well as strong winds and large variations in temperature. Even the smallest mistake in a weld seam can have consequences in unimagined dimensions. It is therefore all the more important that the welders – as one of the first trades in a complex production structure – have the right tools at hand.

Special tools for special requirements

It all starts with the right welding torch, which is powerful and well cooled on the one hand, even with a long duty cycle – on the other hand, it is also best to be particularly handy and light in order not to unnecessarily strain the muscles and the musculoskeletal system of the welder. In terms of its geometry, the torch should of course be designed so that a precise weld seam can be made even in hard-to-reach places. Tricky spots, for example, are much easier to reach with curved gas nozzles and contact tips. It is also important that the welding torch can weld for a long time, has a certain power reserve and that the wear parts have a long service life. After all, nothing is more annoying than frequent interruptions for changing wear parts.

Shipyards & Offshore

Because many long components have to be welded in ship and wind turbine construction, various supporting portals, automatic torches or welding tractors from (partial) automation are often used as »assistants« to make the welder's work easier. The welding tractors in particular can be used flexibly in production as the co-pilot of the welder. Not to forget the correct fume extraction, which can be made possible by mobile fume extraction devices in combination with fume extraction torches even in the tightest spaces.

Automated welding with robots is also on the rise among shipyards and producers of offshore product solutions. Especially for the primed Holland profiles, which can also involve long seams, very good and, above all, time-saving processes can be integrated into production using special equipment on the robot welding torch.

These are just a few ways that the work of welders in this very special industry can be made easier. In our brochure »Production Solutions for Shipyard and Offshore! Manual, semi-automatic, robotics« we show the entire range from and with ABICOR BINZEL. Because in the end it is all about one thing: the perfect weld.

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