A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Improving the Use of Robotic Welding of Aluminum Boats through Modularization


Publication Details
Authors: Paul Kah, Esa Hiltunen, Jukka Martikainen
Publication year: 2014
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Engineering
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 1
Start page: 42
End page: 49
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication

Abstract
The level of automation in the manufacture of recreational aluminum boats is very low. Robotized welding is rarely utilized, although it is commonly considered as the most effective way to reduce costs and increase compe- titiveness. A reason for the under-exploitation of robotics can be found in the construction of aluminum boats; boat models and their detailed structures are almost without exception individual pieces. A new stiffener struc- ture for an aluminum recreational boat hull is developed in this work. Construction of the stiffener as a module allows exploitation of the advantages of modularization. The number of different parts is reduced and the struc- ture simplified improves the applicability of robotic welding and provides benefits accruing from mass produc- tion. The same module can be used in several boat models. The modularity also makes it possible to use the same advanced robot welding fixture for a variety of boat models.

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