DOCKLASER - Increasing Efficiency and Quality in Shipbuilding and Shiprepair by Developing Mobile Laser Equipment for Dock-Area

Funded under: the 5th Framework Programme of the Euroopean Union

Time period: 01.09.2002 - 28.02.2006

Budget: 4.079.786 €



Short name company country
MW Meyer Werft GmbH (Coordinator) Germany
BALance BALance Techology Consulting GmbH Germany
CMT Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. Germany
DNV Det Norske Veritas AS Norway
SLV-MV Schweißtechnische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH Germany
SLV-Halle Schweißtechnische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Halle GmbH Germany
FORCE FORCE Technology Denmark
MLT Mobil Laser Tec GmbH Germany
IWA Intelligent Welding Automation ApS Denmark
FRONIUS Fronius International GmbH Austria
Navantia Navantia Spain

Image 1: Tractor
Image 2: Pipe welding device
Image 3: Hand-operated device


Aims and objectives:

DockLaser aims to increase productivity, flexibility, quality and working conditions in the block and final assembly areas of ship newbuilding as well as in ship repair by introducing laser processing.
The dock area is currently dominated by low productivity welding techniques with high heat input. This leads to weld distortions making re-work necessary, as well as to conflicts with outfitting and coating processes. Laser processing techniques offer higher productivity and low heat input. However, their application is to date limited to stationary systems in steel pre-manufacturing.

DockLaser will develop mechanised mobile laser processing units for three typical application areas: long linear structural welds, tack welds as well as for welding and cutting operations in outfitting. The selected application areas cover the most important joining tasks in the dock area which also represent the typical problems to be solved. Thus, it is ensured that the solutions developed by DockLaser can later be extended to other applications. Savings of up to 50.000 man-hours are expected for a large cruise ship. Equipment manufacturers will develop new products, thus extending their market share.


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