Japan-based IHI Corporation is looking to market a system it has developed that automates the bending of steel sheets for ships.
Developed by shipbuilding subsidiary IHI Marine United, the system handles the process, from transporting steel sheets to processing, mainly by entering data.
The system fully automates the process, including minimal touch-ups after the sheets have been bent.
IHI said the basic system cost around JPY300m (S$3.6m), including an annual usage fee of JPY10-20m and would help the shipyard cut costs by about JPY30m annually.
The technology will be introduced at group shipyards and parts factories, following the beginning of sales by the start of next year.