WP6 aims to develop the solutions to deal with the fundamental issues that hinder robotic welding in the
shipyards. The ultimate goal is to enable robots to weld a range of complex joints with higher productivity
while maintaining equal if not better welding quality. The tasks in this WP have the following objectives:
To develop knowledge base containing a range of joint types and their respective welding parameters forrobot path planning based best practice of expert welders
To develop a fast and accurate means to capture the welding seam conditions in terms of geometry andorientation
To realize the automated wire feed welding for vertical and overhead seam with adaptive process control
To enable automated ultrasonic testing of the complex joints with a adaptive coupler and automatedinterpretation algorithms
The outcome of the above objectives will be implemented on a robotic welding demonstrator for automated welding the challenging and representative component in shipyards, which is the cross-tubular joint.The robotic system will feature some of the practical intuitive teaching methods and the automated welding for the given seam condition. It will also include the automated inspection module for inspecting the welded joints immediately or shortly after the welding operation.