Kongsberg Ferrotech, robotics firm that designs and manufactures subsea robots for the oil and fuel business, has announced that it’s creating a revolutionary new underwater 3D printing know-how referred to as, “Subsea Additive Manufacturing for Lifetime Extension”, a very floor breaking undertaking.
This underwater 3D printing know-how analysis and growth undertaking can be carried out with SINTEF, an impartial analysis group, and different main business gamers, and supported by the Analysis Council of Norway.
The undertaking will permit for in-situ repairs of subsea elements like flowlines and conductors, by use of Additive Manufacturing strategies – considerably extending the lifetime of the property. Lifetime extension is of excessive significance for sustainable growth and optimum utilization of sources, each in Norway and globally. The profitable growth and implementation of the undertaking will symbolize a game-changer for upkeep and restore of subsea elements.
For Kongsberg Ferrotech, the event of underwater 3D printing will symbolize one other important step in direction of “taking the workshop to the broken pipe” – whether or not it’s a conductor pipe within the splash-zone or a pipeline resting on the seabed – and can unlock a world of alternatives within the international markets.
The corporate has already developed a subsea robotic system for distant repairs referred to as Nautilus which might be enhanced by additive manufacturing talents.
In line with Christopher Carlsen, CEO at Kongsberg Ferrotech, “That is the beginning of a brand new industrial journey that’s of strategic significance to our firm. We see a big long-term market alternative additionally past the oil and fuel business.”
“The collaboration with Equinor, Gassco, and SINTEF represents world-class experience inside operations of underwater installations, underwater transport techniques, and analysis on metallic restore processes. This distinctive alternative to develop underwater 3D printing for lifetime extension is a crucial know-how leap – not just for Kongsberg Ferrotech but additionally for the business. We plan to supply service and upkeep primarily based on 3D printing as early as 2022.”
– Christopher Carlsen, CEO at Kongsberg Ferrotech
It has been reported that that firm has accomplished deepwater testing of the underwater 3D printing system within the Trondheim Fjord in Norway and the know-how is able to be deployed within the Southeast Asian market in Q3 2021.
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