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Ingalls Shipbuilding Acquires Intelligent Welding Automation as Part of its "Shipyard of the Future" Initiative



In 2014, Mississippi-based Ingalls Shipbuilding kicked off its extensive "Shipyard of the Future" initiative. Ingalls Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of the Huntington Ingalls Industries, is America's largest military shipbuilding company.

The multiyear initiative includes significant investments in modern infrastructure and manufacturing equipment, as well as technologically advanced procedures and processes. The planned investments will result in raised level of automation, enhanced production quality and improved workflow.

Now in its third year of the modernization implementations, Ingalls Shipbuilding has agreed with Pemamek to acquire large-scale PEMA welding automation solutions to its Pascagoula, MS, shipyard.

The delivery encompasses a state-of-art plate lengthening line, able to feed two complete modern flat panel lines simultaneously, and other advanced solutions, such as robotized welding and integrated milling and welding applications.

One of the plate joining stations uses laser-hybrid arc welding (LHAW) process combined with tandem MAG and is capable of welding plates up to 60 ft. in length from one side and starting from thicknesses as lows as 4mm. The advanced welding processes together with integrated milling will provide precise seam preparation and efficient welding for the entire length of plates.

In the LHAW panel line, one of the advanced features is a fully automated robotized welding of entire panel stiffening. The solution includes multiple robots utilizing the hi-tech programming and control software, PEMA WeldControl 200. The software is designed to provide effortless management and communication between material, machinery and operator.

Each of the solutions is fully customized, and they are the outcome from the close, two-year collaboration including detailed discussions and careful planning between the teams of Ingalls and Pemamek.

For more information contact:

Thomas Poehlein

Sales Director, North America

Pemamek LLC

20333 State Highway 249, Suite 200

Houston, TX 77070

214-662-8812

thomas.poehlein@pemamek.com

www.pemamek.com

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