Marine (Wales) Ltd Project
proves 3D modeling is effective even for the smallest boats
Marine (Wales) Ltd. has used ShipConstructor
to successfully design and build many of the aluminium hulled
rigid inflatables in the well known ‘Ocean Dynamics’
RIBWORKER range. An example of which is a recent project,
involving the 8.25m diesel/water-jet powered RIBWORKER 28’.
was used for design and kitting of the entire boat structure,
and modeling/positioning of all outfit, including the
engine systems, including all piping. The software’s
BuildStrategy/Interference checking and Nesting modules
were all used to allow a significant reduction in build
time and re-work with this vessel which is in relatively
low volume production. The ShipConstructor module ShipCAM
was used for trimming, butting and expansion of all
CNC nests were transferred to an external contractor
and laser cut to an accuracy of 0.25mm, and all kit
parts fitted perfectly including curved plates.
On a recent project involving an 11m rig support RIB
for a major oil company, with a single point lift, the
weights and centers reporting of the ShipConstructor
module Manager was tested significantly, and verified,
hence giving Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd. confidence
in the outputs from the software.
Marine (Wales) Ltd. has been undertaking a project to develop
and enhance its design facility, and as such, has endured
a lengthy, documented CAD selection process looking carefully
at what is available, short-listing and then evaluating packages.
The company was introduced to ShipConstructor
Systems & Technologies, France, ARL’s
dealer for Europe, Russia and The Middle East.
This selection process has resulted in the purchase and installation
of the ShipConstructor suite with
some of its modules such as ShipCAM, BuildStrategy, Structure,
Pipe, ManualNest and Outfit, all on one Network Lock.
Reduced Costs, Improved Efficiency, Increased Product Quality
Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd. feels that this software allows
the company to reduce lead times and reduce costs through
improved efficiency, increased control of the design/build
process and faster response to customer requirements. It is
also felt that from a marketing aspect, being associated with
such a product and this level of IT technology has provided
Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd. with an improved company profile.
The increase in product quality resulting from the improved
level of design control, reduced tolerances, and build strategy
control has been considerable, and especially noticeable with
the aluminum hulls, since the improved tolerances and control
over build strategy have resulted in a considerable reduction
in distortion due to welding. The consequential advantages
of this being considerably reduced assembly time, and a vast
improvement in product quality.
Mustang Marine (Wales) Ltd.
Marine is a small (25 employees) shipbuilding outfit in Wales
UK, specializing in bespoke commercial workboats, tugs, passenger
craft and aluminum RIBs.
Recent projects include a 19m steel/aluminum pilot cutter,
an 18m aluminum catamaran for fisheries research, and many
8-13m aluminum rigid hulled inflatables for Ocean Dynamics,
including Arnold & Sons Explorer, the 10m open RIB which
has recently successfully completed the Arctic 2003 challenge
from Halifax to Scotland through the adverse conditions of
the North Atlantic.
Contact Mr. Simon Goodwin, Mustang Marine Wales Ltd.,
The Royal Dock Yard, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, SA72 6TE,
Tel: +44 (0) 646 681117, Fax: +44 (0) 1646 686414.