The Future Of Plate Edge Rounding - Blog 2/8 - Why automation?

Edwin van Mensvoort
– Updated
Oct 29, 2020

Shipbuilding is known as one of the oldest, most open and highly competitive markets in the world. The Global Shipbuilding Market is valued at hundreds of billions USD every year. It is expected to grow in future due to increasing seatrade and economic growth, rising energy consumption, demand of eco-friendly ships and ship replacements. Key trends of this market include significant consumption of steel, average age of global fleet, advancements in container shipping and increasing demand for LNG fuelled engines. Also, one of the factors that is expected to fuel growth of the market is more strict compliance with maritime safety norms.

Use of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and automation, are the key drivers of the shipbuilding market across the globe. Additionally, automation with robotic technologies is likely to supplement the market more and more.

To improve the quality of coatings in shipbuilding, IMO PSPC demands the preparation (rounding) of steel plate edges. Automation of this process requires an adaptive machine that perfectly follows plate contours. To enhance the productivity of the preparation process, many shipyards are seeking an automated milling system which has automatic tracking and adaptive control function. Sensing technology plays an important role in satisfying these requirements.

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 There are many benefits that come with automated milling. It addresses inconsistencies in throughput and part quality. Further, machines can work much longer hours without breaks, contributing to higher overall production. Automated edge rounding creates short-term return on investment (ROI) and long-term reductions in operating costs. These results compound over time, as automating one process opens the door for further automation of other processes.


 How can a shipyard improve production, quality, efficiency, increase safety and reduce operating costs? Actually, the solution is very straightforward: remove the manual labour factor. Automated edge rounding is the only step in this direction.


  • Safety: manual grinding is very undesirable in terms of health and safety
  • Milling vs. grinding: adaptive milling technology for plate tolerances
  • Quality: ultimate consistent product quality
  • Time = Money: more capacity - less need for rework and quality control
  • Ease of use: operation in just a simple click
  • Award-winning: winner of the Maritime Innovation Award


IMO PSPC edge rounding

Shipping companies and ship owners want to order their ships at an automated shipyard because they want reliability in
delivery time and quality. Kranendonk is THE specialist in shipyard automation solutions. We understand the issues on the shop floor, thus our Edge Preparation System automatically adjusts to plate tolerances, making sure the shipyard is always compliant wit PSPC regulations.

Although developed especially for the shipbuilding industry, the Edge Preparation System is also applicable in other plate
handling industries. As the world’s marine renewable energy sector grows, we know that this and other similar technologies will significantly support the energy generation developments.

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