Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd
Osborne, SA 5017
Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) is an Australian Government commitment to establish a state-of-the-art infrastructure for the domestic production of world-class naval vessels. The aim is to create outstanding opportunities for naval shipbuilding with innovative systems throughout the technology park in southern Australia. The project includes the Osbourne Naval Shipyard.
Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI) chose the MicroStep MSLoop system in search of advanced technology. The intelligent shuttle table solution allows simultaneous loading, cutting and unloading of large format plates with different processing options.
1. Gantry: DRM series
- Shuttle table system consisting of several cutting grids moving in paternoster principle for simultaneous loading, cutting and unloading
- 3x working area 13,000 x 3,500 mm
2. Gantry: MG series
- Sand blasting unit for primer removal + Plasma marking
- Inkjet marking
- Plasma rotator for weld preparation up to 52° with auto-calibration feature (ACTG®)
- Working area 13,000 x 3,500 mm
- Oxyfuel rotator for weld preparation up to 65° with auto-calibration feature (ACTG®)
The development and production of solutions for shipyards are complex and demanding. The highest standards are applied to engineering, precision and stability with extraordinary processing sizes. Part of a special project is MicroSteps MSLoop. The new shuttle table system is part of the innovative technology park of the Osbourne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, Australia, a project of the Australian government to create state-of-the-art infrastructure for the domestic production of world-class naval ships. The name of the project: Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd (ANI).
MSLoop is a brand new solution in MicroStep's portfolio. The intelligent shuttle table system allows simultaneous loading, processing and unloading of large format plates. The system can be equipped with several gantries on which a wide range of processing technologies can be integrated. From the plasma rotator, to the marking tool, to the sandblasting system. The technical principle behind the solution is based on a paternoster: three shuttle tables rotate in a continuous loop from one zone to the next: from the loading zone to the processing zone and, after cutting, to the unloading zone – after complete unloading, the table then moves under the cutting system back to the starting point. This makes MSLoop another versatile MicroStep solution that can be configured for many different tasks.
The Australian shipyard decided on a version with two gantries. One gantry is equipped with a plasma rotator for weld edge preparation up to 52°, the second gantry is equipped with a sandblasting unit for removing primer and an inkjet marker.
The installation of the MSLoop in the Australian shipyard was completed in spring 2020. Preparations are currently in full swing for the start of production at the high-tech shipyard. The MSLoop is also currently being optimized and calibrated for full production. Phil Cornish, Project Manager at Australian Naval Infrastructure, praised the successful commissioning on the LinkedIn online portal: "A great commitment by our partners to make this project a success".