The project can be aimed at creating a robotic welding complex for surface and underwater welding, using underwater welding robots. In this case, the condition of the Industry 4.0 organizational system must be fulfilled: the digital transformation of production, using 3D-modeling with automatic control. Elements of artificial intelligence should also be applied in the production of welding processes.
The institute has modern technology of underwater “met” welding (welding without the use of barocamers, welding equipment is directly in the sea) and produces the underwater welding semiautomatic device. In the past few years, work is underway to upgrade it to work in a pulsed mode, which gives a big gain in welding quality, especially in the upright position.
All following aspects should be addressed:
The development of innovative technologies and systems to enhance the competitiveness of production and maintenance processes within European shipbuilders and shipyards. Where appropriate, technologies transfer from outside of the marine industry shipbuilding, ship maintenance and ship modification sectors, particularly those with potential to reduce CO2 and/or other polluting emissions.
Identification of the necessary related skills development needs and strategies to address these in order to maximise the value from innovative production technologies and practices.
Testing and physical demonstration of the developed technologies to at least TRL 5, including the benchmarking of existing practices, consideration of the environmental impacts and quantification of the additional value from the technology and/or system developed.
Development of business plans and roll-out strategies.
IPR and or other measures to reduce leakage of the developed innovations outside of Europe.
Whilst not excluding very large shipyards, an emphasis on the competitive needs of smaller and medium-size shipyards across Europe would be welcome in cases where the incremental benefits from Research and Innovation maybe higher.
The сommission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to between EUR 4 and 6 million would allow the specific challenge to be addressed appropriately
With an emphasis on smaller and mediums sized European shipyards and shipbuilders, to increase competitiveness and growth of the European sector, particularly within international markets. Reinforce and grow European employment and the necessary skills development for the successful uptake of innovative production processes and technologies. Improve the environmental performance of shipyards and shipbuilders. Support a multiplication effect within Europe beyond the immediate participants. Maximize EU added value by appropriate means of minimizing knowledge and technology leakage.
Currently, the management of the institute is looking for partners from the European Union to jointly participate in the project as part of the international consortium, including manufacturers of underwater robots.
The organization invites partners to consider the project and decide on joint participation in it. The main problem is to find a company producing underwater robots and teach them how to weld underwater. The institute is also searching for project coordinator - a ship manufacturer company or a ship repair service.
The official deadline for the call: 21 of April 2020
Deadline for the EoI: 12 of April 2020