Efficient production in the cutting shop is crucial in the shipbuilding process. It can be a tough challenge to realize. This blog post discusses three principles, which we have learned over the past 35 years, to improve steel profile production.
Shipbuilding is one of the most complex construction jobs created by man. Production processes range from welding to pipe spool production to joining of large sub-assemblies. But, it all starts with processing raw steel plates and profiles. In this article, we focus on efficient processing of steel profiles. We discuss three basic principles to improve profile processing in the cutting shop:
An efficient profile production flow starts with logistical systems for profile transportation. This makes it possible to connect individual production cells, or even full production lines. Profile production lines can be equipped with a high-rise storage and infeed / outfeed buffers for temporary storage. In this way, just-in-time production can be realized. Manual handling of profiles is minimized in this process.
When machines are connected through logistics, they also need to know what to do at what moment. Here comes the synchronization between machines, planning and stock into play. Advanced production software can take care of controlling machines as well as logistics, both enterprise-wide (linked to ERP) or just for a single production line. It enables shipyards to install logistics and separate machines for shot blasting, grinding and marking on a single line, additional to the profile cutting cell.
Synchronizing software and machines also makes it possible to centralize the control of all machines. Integrating logistics is essentially about considering the process chain as a single entity, rather than individual functions. By centralizing control, it’s possible to initiate a full production process –from raw steel material to final product– with a single production program and push of a button. Individual steel profiles can be monitored throughout the production line.
These principles can help you to establish an efficient profile production line. By integrating all related processes into one complete solution, output of the cutting shop can be maximized. If you want to know more about shipyard automation, take a look at our solutions for profile processing or contact us.