Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Novarc Technologies’ spool welding robot installed at Seaspan’s Victoria shipyard

March 29, 2024
By Sukanya Ray Ghosh

Novarc Technologies has deployed its Spool Welding Robot (SWR) at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards. This collaboration between Seaspan, one of Canada’s leading shipbuilders, and Novarc aims to transform pipe welding processes with automation technology. This will reportedly enhance productivity, elevate welder safety and ensure consistent high-quality welds, revolutionizing manufacturing processes and driving innovation in shipbuilding.

“We are very grateful for our growing partnership with Seaspan,” said Soroush Karimzadeh, CEO of Novarc. “Seaspan’s successful adoption of our pipe welding automation technology, first with their installation of the SWR at their Vancouver Drydock and most recently at Victoria Shipyards, is a testament to their innovation in shipbuilding, repair and overhaul services and their leadership in the marine transportation industry.”

The SWR reportedly streamlines welding tasks, reducing manual labour time. Its automation capabilities allow faster, more efficient welds. Novarc Technologies explains in a press statement that the SWR employs precise motion control and AI-based algorithms to consistently produce near-flawless welds. Equipped with vision systems, the SWR scans and analyzes weld joints in real time, ensuring precise alignment and optimal weld quality.

The “human” benefits of implementing automation are also key to Seaspan’s technology adoption, shares Novarc Technologies. Specifically, traditional welding methods expose welders to hazardous conditions, including intense heat, fumes, and physical strain. The SWR eliminates direct exposure to these risks, promoting a safer work environment for Seaspan’s welding team. The SWR also reportedly collaborates seamlessly with human welders, enhancing their capabilities rather than replacing them. It augments their skills, allowing them to focus on critical decision-making while the robot handles repetitive tasks. Novarc’s interface allows welders to program the SWR quickly.


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