STX France Orders PEMA Automation Lines for Saint-Nazaire Shipyard

A typical PEMA panel production line (PEMA)

By The Maritime Executive 05-02-2018 12:28:00

Pemamek has received another order from the French shipyard STX France for high-tech assembly and welding automation stations for panel profiles.

Under the new agreement, Pemamek will deliver automated panel profile feeding, assembly and welding stations to the Saint-Nazaire shipyard. The new order is in addition to an earlier purchase of a PEMA laser-hybrid welding line, which was delivered to STX France in 2016.

The new contract also covers site training and production assistance for the profile feeding, assembly and welding stations. The new machinery is a part of STX France’s modernization initiative, as the company’s existing profile assembling and welding equipment had high maintenance costs and did not meet STX’s quality standards.

“Our machinery for profile assembling and welding was outdated and we needed to invest in new, modern technology,” said Florent Camaret, investment project manager for STX France. “Results from the PEMA laser-hybrid and milling project were convincing. With this new investment, we wanted to make sure that our production cycle will stay as smooth as possible and equipment will speak the same language, thus we wanted to continue with PEMA technology."

The new order includes one PEMA profile feeding line as well as two automated PEMA profile assembly and welding stations. Each of the solutions will be integrated into STX France’s existing panel lines. With the new state-of-the-art PEMA manufacturing stations, STX France will be able to significantly improve their throughput times, add capacity and maintain world-class production quality.

“We are really happy to continue as STX France’s solution provider. By adding PEMA automation to their existing manufacture lines, STX will gain one of the best and most efficient profile assembling and welding solutions in the shipbuilding industry. This project lays strong foundation for future success for both of the companies,” said Jukka Rantala, Vice President, Key Accounts, Pemamek Ltd.

For more information on Pemamek's welding and production automation solutions, please visit https://pemamek.com/.

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