Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has showcased the future of shipbuilding, revealing on Sunday new robots that will be used in the construction of vessels at its Ulsan yard.
The world’s largest shipbuilder has recently completed a year of testing of a robotic system that automatically shapes a vessel’s 3-D curved surface.
The unmanned system is based on the Internet of Things and automation technologies, and is equipped with a high-frequency inductive heating system and a multi-joint arm, the company said.
HHI plans to add artificial intelligence and more sophisticated technologies in the future.
HHI claims the system will increase productivity by three times compared with man-made work.
Other Korean builders, notably Samsung Heavy Industries, are looking at adding robots to their production processes.