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Innovative PEMA panel line provides efficiency, quality and high production capacity

Higher capacity and impeccable quality in mind, Babcock & Wilcox modernized its membrane wall panel welding machinery in its Monterrey, Mexico manufacturing facility with Pemamek

Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), founded in 1867, is a leading global provider of energy products and services, with approximately 5,700 employees worldwide.

Challenge: To increase production rates in B&W’s factory. To increase quality in manufacturing through automation.

Solution: PEMA Membrane Wall Panel Line with integrated calibration machine, that provides efficiency, precise quality, and high production capacity.

Benefit: Production capacity has increased significantly. Quality of the panels and easiness of operation has been as promised.

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Responding to growing demand

Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), founded in 1867, is a leading global provider of energy products and services, with approximately 5,700 employees worldwide. The company has operations around the world, including offices in the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, India and Mexico.

As B&W noticed a clear growth in demand for the products it produces in Monterrey, the company decided to invest in new, more efficient machinery. B&W had received referrals from several sources about PEMA’s solid reputation of being the leader in membrane wall welding systems and providing reliable, yet innovative solutions.

“During the proposal phase of our project, Pemamek worked with us to develop customized solutions for our needs. Throughout the project, Pemamek’s focus on schedule and timeliness was greatly appreciated.” – B&W

“We had very positive experience in dealing with Pemamek. Pemamek provided quick responses throughout the project.”

PEMA adds desired automation to membrane wall panel welding

In order to start the massive project while maintaining its operation philosophy, Irving Shipbuilding needed a solution that would be able to provide impeccable quality and the highest safety. Additionally, complete reliability was required to meet the needs of the new combat vessels.

The delivered solution – PEMA Panel line – is a complete line that utilizes Pemamek’s long time partners Lincoln Electric’s power sources and MicroStep’s plasma cutting machine.

The line includes everything from plate butt welding to web mounting and welding, making it the most advanced and innovative panel line in the continent. Features among others are that information for exact panel cutting, profile location marking and finally for welding is coming directly from the design software.

Thanks to a special covered conveyor solution, the panel line makes working on the line safer and transporting of welded panels smoother.

Solutions such as hydraulic one-sided welding station, panel cutting-, blasting- and marking-station, and an integrated stiffener mounting and welding station, provide Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard with modern technological innovations to safely and efficiently building Canada’s future naval fleet.

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