TTS Installs Wartsila Computer-Assisted Manufacturing System
—Literature Available Total Transportation Systems (International) A/S (TTS) in project cooperation with Wartsila-Turku shipyard of Finland have installed at the yard the first produc- tion system of its kind to provide computer-assisted manufacturing of shipbuilding subassemblies.
The system developed for the welding of stiffeners to steel plates, permits fabrication by direct input from Wartsila CAD/CAM computer design facility and represents, says TTS, a breakthrough in the link between computing capacity and physical fabrication.
TTS have also developed a software package that makes it possible to operate the system with the same type of data input as a normal C.N.C. gas cutting machine.
According to TTS, the introduction of this method of production means that subassemblies can be manufactured quickly and highly cost effectively to very high standards of accuracy which eliminate welding distortion, thus reducing subsequent assembly cost.
The contract for the Wartsila computer-assisted production lines has resulted in the development of new equipment and technology which has applications for many other metal fabrication industries where speed, accuracy and high levels of automation are required.
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