The use of hydraulics in shipbuilding is not a new concept, as it has been applied to virtually every engineering field out there.
It has grown very popular perhaps because of its advantages over most other methods. Its major advantage has always been the ability to transform a small amount of force into a massive one in order to lift heavier loads and accomplish greater work with ease. It has significantly reduced the amount of manual workload formerly done by humans and replaced most of the manual human workers with machinery and equipment that get the job done fast and correctly. Its widespread use in automation and control engineering has been very instrumental in getting a lot of work done in a relatively short time.
Today, there are companies that supply high-pressure hydraulic equipment specifically targeted at the shipbuilding industry.
This is a highly-demanding industry, particularly in regards to equipment quality and strength. From the initial construction stages, the process requires reliable solutions to reach the ship-launching stage.
Apparently, the entire process often involves controlling and shifting loads.
This is done safely and with ease to ensure no injury or damage occurs at the shipbuilding site. From fixing wedges for stabilisation to pulling cylinders to join various ship sections, there is no limit to the use of hydraulics in shipbuilding. Cylinder sets are often used for propeller mounting.
Shipbuilding presses play a significant role in the production of 3-dimensionally, cold-formed segments specially crafted from steel plates for this particular industry.
Crane manipulations may be used in conjunction with the presses and motor-adjustable rotary tables. The distance-controlled and pressure-controlled hydraulic press and the crane manipulator are characterised by a synchronised control and a well-coordinated operation.
All these processes are done with ease, thanks to the concept of hydraulics.
Hydraulic Application in Shipbuilding
The hydraulic technology has also been used in building the ship’s main engine control as well as the complex maneuvering systems.
In the past, huge manpower was required on board ship and each crew had a specific task to accomplish. Fortunately, hydraulic automated control systems have dramatically reduced the manpower and workloads needed to accomplish the shipbuilding process. Today, 15 people or less are enough to man the entire operation, thanks to technological advancement.
The pneumatic air-pressure maintenance and the opening/closing of valves constitute the precise automated control system used in the process.
The hydraulic oil pressure is applied and valves operated remotely to control the movement of hydraulic oil to achieve the desired operation. Cargo equipment and machinery use cargo pumps and valves to perform their function. The use of hydraulic circuits to operate valve have eliminated the need to conduct the cargo operation using manual means. Regardless, the use of hydraulics in shipbuilding has enabled smoother, heavy-duty operations.
Today, the work that ordinarily required several people to accomplish is completed by a few people with the use of hydraulic systems that apply only a small amount of force to move heavy ship components and accomplish complex tasks in a relatively shorter period of time.