Conclusions and Future Developments
TWI developed and validated FSW and FSSW manufacturing solutions for the fabrication of float assemblies in accordance with Sunlit Sea’s design. Sunlit Sea are now working on the implementation of FSW and FSSW in the future design for their fully automated assembly line.
Based on the experience and the data acquired by TWI during this project, Sunlit Sea’s engineering team is already advancing on the integration of this modern welding technique in the design of their future production line through a 3-axis gantry type machine, similar to that used by TWI.
FSW and FSSW are particularly interesting welding technologies, compatible with automated production. Operation time, simplicity, control, repeatability and finish aspect will be the key performance indicators for this implementation.
The small batch of panels produced by TWI have now been deployed in front of the town hall in Oslo city centre and Sunlit Sea are now looking forward to investigating further FSW and FSSW projects with TWI.