When usability, reliability and durability are important for ship repair and maintenance applications, Arcon's Workhorse Stick/TIG welding machine is a strong solution. Designed for shipyard use, the machine employs electrical and mechanical technology proven reliable in over 100,000 machines sold and used worldwide. The Seahorse option protects against corrosive salt-water residue and proved effective in extensive use on oil rigs
in the North Sea
. Components are dipped and even encapsulated to resist harmful elements.
From Bug-O Systems comes the Light'n Bug multipurpose burning and welding travel carriage that runs at precise speeds from four to 85 (IPM). This lightweight machine can produce high quality cuts and bevels, and uniform welds. It is a compact friction drive that will ride on any standard 6-in. v-groove track, -- designating it an ideal replacement for older, obsolete cutting machines. Light'n Bug can also be used without track for fillet welds.
Cutting Edge Metal Processing
Cutting Edge supplies blasted and primed, cut and formed mild steel parts to shipbuilding and manufacturing companies throughout the Southeastern and Central U.S. Employing a Tanaka 6 kW CO2 laser cutting, machine, Cutting Edge, which has been instrumental in the research and development of LASOX technology (see article on page 77) in U.S. shipyards, also cuts aluminum up to 3/8" (10 mm) and stainless steel up to 5/8" (16 mm). In order to stay in touch with this technologically-driven industry, Cutting Edge has also upgraded its software applications to AutoCad 2000 and SigmaNest 5.0. The AutoCad 2000 upgrade allows the company to receive Parts drawings from customers in several formats including .dxf and .dwg formats.
Clad Metal Div. of Dynamic Materials
DMC, Clad Metal Division is the manufacturer of genuine Detacouple transition joint material allowing a welded joint between aluminum and carbon steel sections in marine applications. DMC produces many other welded bimetallic systems for a variety of industrial applications including chemical and refinery process equipment requiring corrosion resistant solutions in rigorous service.
Gardner Denver Water Jetting Systems
Now known as a brand name under Gardner Denver Water Jetting Systems, Inc., Jetting Systems and Accessories provides a variety of industries, specifically maritime, with its expanding line of water jetting accessories. Designed to fit with the Partek line of pumps and the Liqua blaster line of waterjetting units, the Jetting Systems line of wet abrasive cutting systems, solves a variety of industrial tank and pipe cutting issues that could arise. The Jetting System's wet abrasive provides a solution that is both cooling and safe due to the minimal amount of sparks and heat that it generates.
Hypertherm has released its HySpeed HT2000 200-amp oxygen plasma cutting system. Modeled on the successful of its original HT2000, this newly reconfigured mechanized system instills Hypertherm's patented coaxial-assist jet technology to boost cutting speeds on mild steel by as much as 50 percent. Featuring proven LongLife oxygen technology and SilverPlus electrode technology, HySpeed HT2000 delivers precise control of cutting parameters and reduce overall operating costs.
In a revolutionary approach to proactive coating maintenance, Jet Edge and Aquablast Corp. U.K. have joined together to pioneer a new approach using the Jet Edge 55,000 psi (3,800 bar) electric pumps as a permanent on-board maintenance system on large ocean vessels. In fact, Hellespont Steamship of Piraeus, Greece, played a formidable role in the development of the concept and has since retrofitted two state-of-the art 442,000 dwt super tankers with Jet Edge 55-100 pumps.
The pumps were installed directly aft of the main superstructure, within a small steel storage structure. Subsequently, the entire ship was fitted with 60,000 psi hard tubing and high pressure hose connection outlets were installed throughout the ship.Installed to combat corrosion, the Jet Edge system employs its Gyra Jet LP II rotary lance to one of the connection outlets and then waterblasts the area to white metal before repainting.