Welding Ships with Lasers

Whether on land, sea, or in the air, welders make transit happen: trains, ships, and airplanes all require precision use of welding equipment. Regardless of the application of your welding work, you want it to be water tight. In the case of modern shipbuilding, though, that maxim is quite literal. All kinds of boats these days are created by means of expert welders, who utilize modern developments in welding equipment to leverage technology to improve our lives. As we like to say, this isn’t your grandmother’s welding machine. And with automation in the industry, welding supplies are often controlled by humans in entirely different ways from when Rosie was famously riveting the ships of World War II.


Assembly line welding setups are standard operating environments in industrial welding shops. For shipbuilding, these lines can run many hundreds of feet long! For the cruise-ship and yacht sectors, European industry leaders Pemamek have created a 300 meter assembly line complete with welding, milling and assembly that makes use of top-of-the-line laser welding equipment including a one-sided welding apparatus. This setup includes robots to automate the addition of T-beams onto the finished panels of steel. No longer hammered out by people, these panels are machined precisely and joined by computer guided laser beams. Sure, some of the romance is lost, but the increased technology sure can make beautiful ships that withstand greater pressure at sea and are nice to look at, too.


This kind of hybrid laser arc welding (HLAW for short) combines the focus of magnified light beams with a more traditional type of arc welder. If learning about welding tech like this gets you excited, you can research all kinds of welding methods online, or talk to the experts at Sidney Lee Welding Supply Co at our location closest to you in the Atlanta, GA area, including stores in Hampton, Macon, Douglasville, and Conyers.