Ada Shipyard invest in Inrotech welding automation for shipbuilding

Welding robots originating from Denmark have gained substantial popularity within the Turkish shipbuilding industry for the welding of ship panels. Ada Shipyard, a prominent shipyard situated in Tuzla, Istanbul, has recently opted for Inrotech’s welding robots to streamline their welding processes in shipbuilding.

The decision was driven by the technology’s user-friendly interface, flexibility, and advantageous work environment main features. Notably, Ada Shipyard becomes the second Turkish shipyard in 2023 to select Inrotech as its automation supplier.

In regards to various welding tasks, the Turkish ship manufacturing sector is increasingly considering automation as a viable alternative to outsourcing manual welding jobs abroad. This strategic shift acknowledges the time and cost savings associated with automation, thereby enhancing the competitive edge and welding quality.

Ahmet Sogukcelik, the New Building Director at Ada Shipyard, highlighted that Inrotech’s welding solutions offer substantial time savings for Ada Shipyard, which is one of the main reasons for choosing Inrotech.  According to Mr. Sogukcelik, “we have witnessed that the robot is equipped with a laser scanner, which scans the weld joint and creates a 3D image of it. Based on this image, the built-in logic plans the course of the weld; it adjusts welding parameters according to the position, design and degree of filling of the weld and determines the position of the individual weld seam, so that the weld joint ultimately gets a uniform filling. 

Established in 2002, Ada Shipyard has been a key contributor to Turkey’s thriving maritime industry, providing high-quality designs, new constructions, and diverse vessel repair services. As part of their commitment to innovation, Ada Shipyard has placed an order for an Inrotech-MicroTwin, specifically designed for welding micro panels, sub-assemblies, and T-profiles. The installation of this welding solution is scheduled for early 2024, inclusive of services such as installation supervision, training, comprehensive spare parts packages, warranty with maintenance agreements, and production support.

Mr. Sogukcelik regards this investment in automation as pivotal in attracting young talent to welding and manufacturing careers. He emphasized that the integration of automation and robot technologies will make these professions more appealing to the younger generation. “We aim to dispel the notion that welding is a monotonous manual task performed in old, dark, cold, and dusty workshops,” adds Mr. Sogukcelik. Enabling qualified welders to automate low-profit operations allows them to redirect their efforts toward more lucrative endeavors.

Similar to trends observed in other countries, the younger generation in Turkey tends to perceive the welding field as outdated, associated with unglamorous working conditions and strenuous manual labor. Ada Shipyard is taking steps toward a transformative change by embracing automated welding to attract fresh talent and ignite interest among the youth in pursuing careers in this field.

The process was carried out in collaboration with Inrotech’s turkish agent BMC Marine Mühendislik Ltd. Şti.

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