The Future Of Plate Edge Rounding - Blog 5/8 - Quality
When it comes to edge rounding, there are many factors that can influence the quality of the final product. This starts already at the steel mill where the production process directly impacts material tolerances. Once on site, plates are often stored outside or in areas without a controlled (temperature) environment. We all know that taking plate material from the outside on the yard into the workshop causes the plates to expand or shrink as a result of the difference in temperature. For the plate burning process, this is not so relevant as the geometry is created accurately by removing excess material. However, for the edge rounding process (e.g. 2mm radius), half a millimeter off means a big difference for the quality and approval/rejects. With the Kranendonk EPS, consistent quality is always achieved as it automatically adjusts to material tolerances.
Companies have to deal with extra costs and delay in production because of rework and/or coating failure. Since there is almost no equipment that can handle the variations in the plates, the edge rounding process is often subcontracted to workers with power tools. Therefore, it is almost impossible to achieve consistent quality, a point of argument for each and every single quality inspection.
Have you ever thought of all the lost hours when an assembly is not ready to move due to quality issues? What if there was a system that can significantly reduce the time needed for these inspections, wouldn’t that be awesome? The solution is already available!
The quality of the product contributes massively to the image of your company. Why? Because you can distinguish your company from your competitors. You can even surpass them by means of automation e.g. by pushing the limit from a 2mm to a 3mm radius. A better image means more attention, more interest and more desire for your products which will lead to more requests for quotation and orders.
Quality has become a very important dimension of production management. Producing the items in required quantities at the right time is not enough to satisfy the customers. They demand that quality is incorporated in the product and in the lifetime that goes along with it. Without quality every process loses relevance. Thus, quality is a strategy for survival and for expanding the markets of shipbuilders.
It is very challenging for a shipyard to guarantee good quality plate edge rounding without automation. Good quality means less rework, but what exactly does this mean?
- Reliable planning
- Increased production capacity
- Preventing production bottlenecks when final (sub)assemblies go to blast and paint
- No unexpected disturbances in production flow
- Predictable quality inspections with consistent good approval
Are you also experiencing quality inconsistencies in your production process? KRANENDONK’s Edge Preparation System (EPS) is the perfect answer to your quality issues. This system is already used by several shipyards worldwide. The Edge Preparation System is also applicable in other plate handling industries.