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Maritime Company Gains Higher Capacity with Laser-Hybrid System

STX France SA, a maritime company, has gained higher capacity and quality with fewer man hours with a PEMA laser-hybrid welding system. STX builds one of the biggest cruisers and commissions highly complex ships and offshore installations all over the world.

"In May 2016, we delivered the biggest cruise ship in the world, called Harmony of the Seas, to the company RCCL," said Floret Camaret, Project Investment Manager, STX France. "The ship is 362 m long and 66 m wide, capacity is 6,360 passengers and 2,100 crew."

STX's specific need required optimizing and boosting the deck panel welding process. One of the main goals was to find a solution to eliminate deformations and work hours needed for fine-tuning. Also, due to a strong book of orders, STX required for more capacity, but also quality and faster performance combined with new technology. To maintain its expeditious pace in fleet building and to have more efficient equipment for the shipyard, STX France faced the need to modernize and replace its older panel welding and milling machinery.

PEMA's solution for STX's needs was the advanced PEMA M & OSW- LHAW 20200 integrated one-sided laser-hybrid welding and milling station with an extensive conveyor solution. The need was to minimize distortion for the deck panels and eliminate excess hours of rework, so as a solution a heavy duty milling station was integrated into the machine. This provided higher levels of efficiency as well as a safer working environment. Additionally, the machine can feed two of STX's already existing panel lines, so a special conveyor with PEMA technology was adapted to the system.

"With the order book full, it was time for improvements and investments in faster and better quality processes," said Camaret. "That is why we invested in one machine that is capable of performing the work of three. Our collaboration with Pemamek produced a tailored solution geared to our specific needs."

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Pemamek Oy Ltd

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