Structure Production Preparation

Create and automate the steel structure work preparation to optimize manufacturing

The fabrication and assembly of the ship structure is a core undertaking of the shipyard. As technology has taken over the design and manufacturing planning of ships, the process of structure work preparation has started to become more and more automated. A key challenge in today’s modern shipbuilding environments is for shipbuilders to leverage existing lofting expertise with integrated design and manufacturing solutions to lead to more efficient and effective structure work preparation and production.

Tight integration between design and manufacturing information allows Structure Production Preparation to correctly interpret the design information that defines the stiffeners and to automatically create the markings where these stiffeners will be positioned and welded. Companies can also define rules based on their experience and know-how to guide the placement of required markings, further optimizing manufacturing. Efficient nesting capabilities help utilize, in the best way possible, steel plates thereby reducing waste.