Bladt Industries in research project to develop a mobile robotic welding crane
- We find it difficult to get enough qualified labour, which is why we have to automate as much as we possibly can. There will still be a need for skilled blacksmiths and welders in the future, but we won't quite reach our goal without automation, says Nis Hansen, lead welding engineer at Bladt Industries.
A new research project at the Center for Large Structure Production (LSP) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) has received a grant of just over DKK 13 million to develop a mobile robotic welding crane.
The scope of the project is to develop a new type of robot that can weld at 15, 20 and perhaps even up to 50 meters in height.
Lack of welders
A considerable part of the costs of the production of wind turbines goes to welding, and at the same time there is a shortage of qualified welders. The robot can thus become particularly important for the green transition, and there is a need for such an initiative, if we are to achieve the goal of expanding green energy from offshore wind turbines, and supporting a sustainable future.
- The development of a mobile robotic crane platform has received DKK 13,339,485 in support from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP)
- The robot will be developed by researchers at SDU's Center for Large Structure Production (LSP) in collaboration with Bladt Industries, Inrotech, Odense Robotics, and Energy Cluster Denmark
- Initially, the robot will be used for welding foundations for wind turbines at sea - both the so-called monopiles, which consist of a large steel cylinder that is lowered into the seabed, and the so-called jackets, which are a more open construction in the style of towers for high-voltage lines
“We don’t have the facilities to develop and test new technologies as we need to use all our current space we have for production. This is also why we are so happy to be part of this project.”