Computer Aided Robotic Welding (CAR-W) (2015-473)
- Bollinger Shipyards
- Ingalls Shipbuilding
- Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock (NSWCC)
- ShipConstructor Software, USA
- Wolf Robotics, LLC
- Edison Welding Institute
- Purdue University
- Colorado State University
- Tony Maciejewski
- Longview Advisors, LLC
June 2015 - June 2017
NSRP ASE Investment: $3.3M
Industry Investment: $2.6M
Develop software algorithms for high impact weld types centered on robot reachability, collision avoidance and auto-path generation kinematics that use electronic CAD Model and Welding Process Planning data.
In this NSRP RA Project, the project team will undertake a critical objective towards closing the robotic welding technology gap between the US Defense Shipbuilding Industry and the foreign commercial shipbuilding industry by helping to resolve a critical bottleneck to the application of robotic welding technologies in lower volume – high mix shipbuilding applications… automated robotic path and process solution generation for welding (i.e. the shift from “manual off-line” to “computer automated robotics” programming – for welding).
Automated path planning algorithm development centered on robot reachability, collision avoidance, and path optimization is at the center of the project’s tasks. The project will help to standardize the CAD and process “ingredients” required for Computer Aided Robotics, and create a prototype process map for how to implement the necessary infrastructure (organizational & process development) required to support successful implementation.
Wolf Robotics will utilize a robotic cell in their lab, place a common robotic cell in Bollinger Shipyards supported by an applications engineer on site, and work together on CAR-W solutions for high impact weld types at Bollinger. The Edison Welding Institute, also with a robot system in their lab, will help Bollinger with CAR-W Process development and coach the shipyard in identifying and closing organizational and infrastructure gaps related to welding process planning.
NSWCCD-lead assessments at non-participating yards will identify common weld types, part families and application areas where success on the project at Bollinger can be transferred to other yards.
Finally, the project will attempt to develop an infrastructure that captures critical process knowledge related to welding that can be leveraged by designers for Design-for-Robotics (DFR), and process planners for welder knowledge capture (a critical risk associated with an aging welding work-force and skilled welder shortages).
Point of Contact:
Dennis Fanguy, Bollinger Shipyards