Great Lakes Shipyard Commissions New Cutting Machine
Friday, November 15, 2013
Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, the Plate Pro Extreme 3100.

The addition of this cutting table expands the range of services available to its customers and improves the efficiency of Great Lakes Shipyard operations, while also enhancing the quality and precision of the work being produced. Bringing this capability in-house allows the Shipyard to make more of its own parts without relying on outside vendors or subcontractors.

An American made product of Koike Aronson Inc./Ransome, the plasma burn table is an automated dual side drive, plasma cutting machine that utilizes the latest technologies to provide speed, accuracy, versatility, and durability in thermal cutting. The machine has the capability to burn plate up to six inches thick with a table capacity for plates of up to 10 feet wide by 20 feet long.

Welders, engineers, and management personnel received operational and safety training on the Plate Pro Extreme 3100, and the new cutting machine is now in service and available to provide support to the Shipyard and its customers.

Great Lakes Shipyard is a full-service facility specializing in every kind of marine construction, fabrication, repair and refit for all types of commercial and government vessels and barges as well as both on-site and off-site topside work, winter work and emergency repairs. The Shipyard’s current order book includes drydocking and USCG inspection on the Miller Boat Line Ferry, M/V South Bass; fabrication of a new floating breakwater for Whiskey Island Marina; and drydocking and repairs on the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers tug Mike Donlon.

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