Pemamek has agreed on design, construction and delivery of a heavy robotic welding station for the Norwegian heavy winch manufacturer I.P. Huse. After commissioning in October 2011, I.P. Huse will own and operate the largest heavy robotic welding station in Europe in the manufacture of large winch drum assemblies for AHTS vessels.

The scope of the delivery is a complete robotic welding station including two Yaskawa-Motoman welding robots both on X-Y-Z type three-axis robot positioners, a heavy PEMA two-axis positioner for the drum assemblies, and two sets of Lincoln Electric PowerWave MAG welding equipment. The maximum diameter of the work-pieces is 6m and the maximum weight is 35,000kg. The welding method is multi-layer welding with weld sizes from a5 to a13.

The station will be controlled by parametrized by PEMA WeldControl Programming. Also, I.P. Huse’s existing off-line programming software can be utilised if necessary. The delivery also includes a safety system, operator training package as well as commissioning and start-up of the station.

Located on the island of Harøy, Norway, I. P. Huse the world leader in designing and building large winches for anchor handling vessels (AHTS). Specialised in manufacturing heavy equipment, the company also supplies winches and mooring equipment to FPSO’s, SPAR’s and corresponding hull and vessel-shaped installations from its new workshop with modern machinery. Main customers are shipyards, shipowners and oil companies. The company operates in close co-operation with Rolls-Royce Marine, and has a current workforce of about 130 employees.

PEMA welding automation comes from Pemamek, the world’s leading specialist in designing and manufacturing welding automation systems, and work-piece handling equipment. Pemamek uses and produces hi-tech: utilising the best available robot and automation technology, every PEMA product and system is uncompromisingly designed to improve customer competitiveness and productivity. Established in 1970, Pemamek has constantly strived to supply the best welding automation solutions in the world.

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