Improve your quality and ﬂexibility Building oﬀshore structures with robotic precision
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Facing our global challenges together Ongoing growth in energy consumption puts pressure on existing oil and gas ﬁelds. It leads to developments in (ultra-)deep water and arctic explorations, but also to major oﬀshore renewable energy projects. Construction companies have to cope with these new demands. It drives the need for reliable production systems and technological innovations.
Innovation is key to compete in a tough industry Stay competitive in a risky business Construction companies have to cope with the volatility of the oﬀshore business. Sudden changes in oil demand or price drops can have a big impact. Also, operation risks and legal regulations can endanger construction companies in their daily business. It emphasizes the need for ﬂexible production solutions and innovation in surrounding processes. Eﬃciency and ﬂexibility are the major issues to compete in a risky business.
Ambitious goals for oﬀshore renewable energy Investments in oﬀshore wind farms The global demand for renewable energy is rapidly increasing. Governments are setting ambitious goals to embed renewable energy into their country's demand. Wind energy appears as a clean solution to cope with a great part of these ambitions. In Denmark for example, more than 20% of electricity is already produced from wind. Onshore space for the installation of wind turbines is becoming scarcer. Oﬀshore wind farms are seen as a good alternative, and are planned at a growing pace.
Potential oil and gas reserves Known oil and gas reserves Potential locations for oﬀshore wind energy
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Arctic conditions challenge constructions Arctic conditions give new challenges Enormous potential lies in arctic regions. These are estimated to hold 25% of the world’s undiscovered reserves. The arctic conditions are much diﬀerent to what the industry is used to. It gives new requirements to materials, components and constructions. Robustness to meet impact toughness is the key. The search to meet the arctic demands continues.
Primary sources of energy consumption 10% Renewable
24% Natural gas
3% Liquid biofuels
33% Oil & other liquids
Ever growing energy consumption Energy consumption on the rise As there are still limited scalable alternatives to oil, the pressure on existing ﬁelds remains high. It results in high competition in the industry, which ﬂows downwards to contractors and construction companies. It puts pressure on manufacturers to deliver challenging projects of high quality, within budget and planning.
Ultra-deep exploration leads to new concepts Deepwater demands innovations There is a strong growth in deepwater regions. Companies are purchasing deepwater pipelay and construction equipment. Deeper and deeper water brings speciﬁc challenges that have to be overcome. ‘The current (aged) vessels are unable to meet the requirements of today’s oﬀshore industry’, according to Oﬀshore Construction Market. It drives the need for sophisticated production systems and technology innovations.
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Cutting edge innovation The Robot Technology Centre ���������� is the robot technology centre for nonrepetitive production. We make robot systems suitable for non-repetitive tasks, by developing smart sensors and software. ���������� can maintain a Technology Centre position by simultaneously being an engineer, supplier, supporter and partner, and connecting to all stakeholders.
Technology Centre Engineer
Smart robotics Traditionally, industrial robots are used for repetitive tasks. We develop sensors and software that make our robots smarter. It means we can automate non-repetitive production processes. This unique competence opens a world of opportunities for manufacturers. We use our skills to build fully automated production shops, where all processes are integrated and aligned.
���������� and oﬀshore construction Over the years, ���������� has developed oﬀshore automation at the highest level. We were among the ﬁrst companies to use robots for beam and tube cutting. In 1987, we supplied the ﬁrst robotic H-beam cutting line, and improved the concept ever since. Currently, we are supplying the 3rd generation of our robot beam cutting line: the most advanced system available for oﬀshore.
Cutting edge technology Our wide knowledge on robotic automation makes us excellent problem solvers. We assist you from an early stage, to create an optimal production ﬂow for your facility. This way, we jointly create a tailored automation plan that raises productivity and saves costs. The culture for innovation within ���������� makes sure we always deliver cutting edge technology at the highest level.
Welding in oﬀshore Welding in oﬀshore is incredibly diverse and the quality demands are high. With our extensive robot welding experience, we have conducted many heavy welding projects. As a result, our engineers know the challenges in oﬀshore welding. It gives us the position to develop customized robot welding solutions for oﬀshore construction. These will make the diﬀerence in your facility.
‘Being fanatic in robot engineering’ ‘At ����������, we use clear methods when designing new robot applications. Whether it's a specialized welding tool or a software interface, our way of working is characterized by an approach we call Triple C. The ﬁrst C is for Construction. Creating a rigid construction that handles a harsh production environment is the main requirement. Secondly, Calibration makes sure our systems are extremely accurate. By applying software corrections, we make a robot more accurate that it can physically be. Lastly, Controls are being developed. We use smart software to enable easy operation of the machines. In any new development process, we pay attention to every detail. You can call us fanatical about this.’ Evert Geurtsen Technical manager email@example.com
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Getting a tight grip on the production process The versatility of oﬀshore construction Sub-assemblies
Heavy welding (page 14)
Beams and tubes
Beam cutting (page 10) Tube cutting (page 12)
Input raw materials Steel plates, proﬁles and tubes
Robotic pipe shop (page 15)
Plates and proﬁles
Proﬁle cutting (page 10) Edge Preparation System (page 11) Plate beveling (page 13)
The production of oﬀshore structures is incredibly diverse. Jackets, modules and many special structures are constructed with extreme precision. All production units need to deliver excellent quality, while remaining ﬂexible. ���������� oﬀers solutions to automate key parts of this process. Every facility is unique Every oﬀshore construction company has a unique set of skills to compete on the global market. Jackets, tripods, top-sides and all kinds of specialized constructions are built within tight quality restrictions. The diversity of the structures that are build at an oﬀshore yard is reﬂected in the production processes and the equipment. It requires ﬂexible machines that deliver the quality to build safe and reliable oﬀshore structures.
Your demand for quality No production step stands on its own. Every action inﬂuences the following steps, and ultimately the quality of the end product. And in oﬀshore construction, these quality demand are high. Building safe oﬀshore structures requires a tight grip on the complete production processes. ����������'s solutions are tailored to the demanding oﬀshore construction processes. We have proven this for over 25 years.
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Cutting tubes and beams with one machine
Robot welding in the pipe shop
‘Keeping your ﬂow running’ ‘As customer support manager, it is my goal to maintain the highest possible productivity of your ���������� equipment. We oﬀer a full pack of services to do so. Our support engineers regularly visit your yard for inspections and performance tests. This way, we keep you productivity high and reduce downtime to a minimum. Also, we train your operators and maintenance crew. In this way, we improve your ﬂow and keep it running.’ Werner Smeitink Manager Customer Support Helpdesk Holland +31 344 655 443 Japan +81 832 425 444 firstname.lastname@example.org
Smarter cutting methods to lower your total production costs
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Building for extreme conditions Increasingly, oil and gas companies are working in areas that recently would have been considered impossible to explore. This includes operating in deep waters and moving into more remote and hostile environments, such as the Arctic. Construction companies are expected to meet the challenging oﬀshore demands. Over the past decades, oﬀshore activities have been stretching the limits of technology, and so have the production methods.
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Raising quality with smarter cutting methods Accurate cutting improves your welding
High precision oxy-fuel cutting for all typical oﬀshore shapes
Robotic beam cutting line CCS 1250
Over the past 25 years, we have built a strong reputation in oﬀshore beam processing. ����������'s cutting systems are known for their high accuracy and reliability. Our machines have proven to be a secure investment for oﬀshore facilities. Save costs by cutting extremely accurate Any oﬀshore construction starts with the cutting of plates, proﬁles and tubes. Because of the high demands on welding quality, the cutting has to be done very accurately. A wrong cut will take up valuable welding time in a later stage. Thus, more accurate cutting saves time and money in the total production process. ���������� has the technology and the experience to excel in this ﬁeld. Our ��� cutting system features high-tech components that result in unmatched accuracy.
Achieving perfectly ﬁtting parts The ��� cutting system has three unique features. First, smart software is used that adapts the cutting path to deviations in the steel beams. It reduces the gaps when assembling and welding the parts. Secondly, an in-ﬂow positioning system eliminates the need for a length measuring trolley or gripper. This speeds up the process and signiﬁcantly reduces maintenance. Finally, the ��� cutting system is designed for reliability: all components, wiring and controls are integrated in a single base frame.
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Fitting starts with smart measuring methods You can save hours on assembly and welding time by cutting ﬁrst-time-right. We oﬀer a proven way to create perfectly ﬁtting parts. By applying measuring methods, we take all proﬁle deviations (tolerances) into account. On top of that, our cutting lines can take the deviations in connecting proﬁles into account. This means that your beams will ﬁt well into the connecting parts, reducing the required assembly and welding time. Tight ﬁts Perfect ﬁts are realized by measuring both proﬁles
Accurate milling of plate edges
Edge Preparation System
Automatically preparing plates edges To improve the quality of coatings, plate edges have to be prepared (rounded). Automation of this process requires an adaptive machine that perfectly follows plate contours. The Edge Preparation System combines proven ��� technology with a state-of-the-art force controlled milling system. The system machines both sides without turning of the plate. Advanced software with a touch interface makes sure that operation is easy.
‘Delivering a 3rd generation cutting line’ ‘The success of our oﬀshore cutting lines is based on our strong connection with the industry. Our current beam cutting line – ��� 1250 – is already our 3rd generation machine. It holds all the experience we have gained over the past decades. Smart features, like in-ﬂow proﬁle positioning, give you better cutting results in the demanding oﬀshore construction business. The rigid design makes it a machine you can rely on.’ Jelle Janssen Sales manager email@example.com
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Increasing the ﬂexibility of your cutting shop One machine for tubes and beams
Cutting large tubes with robotic precision
Tube and Beam cutting system
The Tube and Beam cutting system processes beams as well as tubes with robotic precision. Complex bevels and end cuts are made with ease: no need for manual programming of the system. This machine oﬀers real oﬀshore ﬂexibility. Cutting tubes and beams with one machine A combined Tube and Beam cutting system is the solution for ﬂexible oﬀshore construction. The ﬂoating chuck rotates small tubes, but also large ones up to 2.3 meters in diameter. Beams, proﬁles and even plates can be processed on the cutting bed, without any additional setup time. ����������'s sophisticated software gives easy operation with touch controls. Tube and beam deviations are taken into account.
Achieving perfectly ﬁtting parts
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Adaptive beveling of plates Creating perfect weld preparations To create a perfect bevel, a high precision robot is not enough. Heat input from the ﬂame will deform the material during the cutting process. ���������� solved this problem by developing a smart sensor: ���� (Dual Laser Height Control).
Adapting to the material with Dual Laser Height Control
Plate Beveling Cell
Following curved plates
Sensor: Dual Laser Height Control (����) Two laser beams close to the cutting torch continuously measure deformations (tolerances) in the material and adapt the cutting path in real time. The robot movements are changed within milliseconds. Our ���� technology creates the perfect bevel every time, which means that your products will ﬁt exactly. It saves cost in welding and improves your production ﬂow.
Razor-sharp weld preparations to all plates contours
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Securing your quality with robot welding Oﬀshore welding solutions
Robotic subarc welding with integrated ﬂux recovery
Submerged arc welding station
The versatility of oﬀshore constructions is well reﬂected in the welding of assemblies. The quality demands are high, but all products are diﬀerent and very large. This is where ���������� has a large experience: robot welding of nonrepetitive products of all dimensions.
Smart sensors systems for multi-pass and multi-session welding
Robot welding of large structures We have over 25 years of experience in heavy welding applications for all types of products in the oﬀshore industry. With the ﬂexibility of robotics we deliver customized welding solutions to automatically weld large structures. Our solutions are gantry or track supported robots and mobile robot welding systems. Mobile robot welding solutions A mobile robot can be positioned anywhere at the shopﬂoor, making it a very ﬂexible production tool. Perfect for oﬀshore welding. The mobile robot delivers a consistent quality, also with multi-layer welds. On top of this we oﬀer the subarc welding process (SAW), which provides high quality heavy welding. Mobile robot performing heavy welding of parts
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Increasing productivity with the robotic pipe shop
Automatic assembly and welding of ﬂanges to tubes
Flange assembly line
The world's ﬁrst robotic pipe shop The production of pipe spools for outfitting of oﬀshore modules is a true craftsman's job. Flanges have to be welded to the tubes within strict tolerances to cope with the high demands in oﬀshore construction. The process is hard to automate, but we have developed a unique solution that does the job. All processes are integrated and centrally controlled, to create ﬁrst robotic pipe shop in the world. From 4 hours to 8 minutes production time A robotic pipe shop is the result of a thorough analysis of the production of pipe spools. The robotic pipe shop brings the production time for a pipe spool back from 4 hours to 8 minutes. The central control system takes care of the production ﬂow and monitors each tube individually.
Robotics for heavy oﬀshore welding ‘Robot welding and oﬀshore is a challenging combination. Welding in oﬀshore is incredibly diverse. Full penetration welds, high quality demands and no repetition make it a tough job, but also a job where ���������� excels. We have a lot of experience with heavy welding automation, and have done various projects for welding in oﬀshore. We continue to explore robot welding in oﬀshore with new innovations and partnerships.’ Kevin Jongkind Area sales manager firstname.lastname@example.org
���������� is the robot technology centre for non-repetitive production. By implementing intelligent robot technology, we enable manufacturers to produce more eﬃciently and eﬀectively. We supply custom build solutions that are cleverly integrated into material and data ﬂows. ���������� was founded in 1983. We started our company as a supplier of custom automation systems for industrial applications. Over the years we have specialized in advanced robotics for heavy steel applications. Today we oﬀer an innovative approach that creates a range of automation opportunities for manufacturing companies. In the near future we see technological and macroeconomical developments putting pressure on the production process. Advanced automation is spreading into new areas. Integrated process and centralised operations are decisive factors in choosing the right equipment. ���������� will keep assisting companies in transforming their production processes to make them more eﬃcient, ﬂexible and ready for the future.
Sir Rowland Hillstraat 10 ��-4004 �� Tiel The Netherlands
Kranendonk Production Systems �� (headquarters) Phone +31 344 623 944 Fax +31 344 623 388 P.O. Box 6147 ��-4000 �� Tiel The Netherlands email@example.com www.kranendonk.com
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