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Tools for Ship Building
Advanced Double Hull Ship Welding
The photo's below were taken at the Advanced Double Hull Ship Welding Demonstration held on December 3, 1998 at NIST. This live demonstration was also available at this website for access around the world via the internet. The project was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and included Naval Surface Warfare Center (project manager), Advanced Technology and Research Corporation (advanced weld platform - including welder, weld robot, weld robot boom extension, and weld platform; and controller) developer, Newport News Shipbuilders (double-hull ship weld experts and demonstration mock-up supplier), and NIST (RoboCrane - advanced weld platform deployment system) provider. This first project phase demonstrated the feasibility of using available, advanced, remote-control/semi-autonomous technologies to solve a manufacturing challenge in ship construction. Also, demonstrated were advanced carrier-bottom welding concepts with the facility-mounted RoboCrane supporting an industrial robot.
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