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When Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat saw a n extensive pipeline
of work coming in, its welding specialists were keen to
reassess the gas supply at its Derwent Park construction
wo rkshop and shipyard to ensu re they had the right setup to
m eet increased dema nds in production.
In early 2015, Incat switched its bulk and compressed argon
gas supply over to BOC, giving it increased supply confidence to
support the 140 welders servicing two big orders placed during
the year for six new passenger Sydney ferries and a big car vessel
for a Danish customer.
Incat expects to see cost benefits in the near future as it starts
using more gas and is wo rking with BOC’s specialists to trial new
w elding technology.
“We knew if we ever needed gas in a hurry we’d get it very
quickly, ” s aid Brett Gadd, production manager at Incat.
Incat required a local gas supplier that could guarantee
reliable delivery of bulk and compressed argon to its
construction workshop and shipyard, while also offering
expertise to support its expanding production requireme nts.
BOC’s experts worked with Incat’s welding specialists to assess
the workshop and process requirements to ensure the storage
and supply solution met their needs.
“Sometimes we go through a lot of gas and need quick
turnaround so the after-hours support they offered gave our
team added comfort,” Gadd said.
Once a decision was made, BOC worked quickly to install the
new argon vessel with ancillary supply equipment within a 24-
hour period and ensure the new supply system met the boat
building standards and codes.
‘It was a very seamless transition and worked well for us. They
were very flexible, working with our team to ensure no
interruption to production. The team came over late Friday
night and by Monday we were up and ru nning again with gas,”
As the exclusive supplier of German-made EWM welding
products in Australia, BOC also installed four EWM 451 Progress
Pulse multi-process welding machines trialled in the Incat
w orkshop for smaller steel applications, with potential to expand
use for mo re co mmonly used aluminium applications.
Incat now has a reliable and consistent supply of argon to
m eet its growing production demands. This has been important
as the team expects gas refills to increase from every four weeks
to every fortnight.
“ At current levels we have full gas supply with no issues and
are confident this will continue as we reach full production with
two eight hour shifts and fortnightly deliveries” Gadd said.
Incat predicts cost savings in the near future. ‘We do foresee a
cost benefit in the future as we start ramping up our workload.”
The new EWM 451 Progress Pulse welding machines have
r eceived positive feedback fro m welders. BOC’s welding experts
are also working with Incat’s production team to identify new
opportunities for incorporating the latest welding technology
into its shipbuilding processes.
‘We need to keep up with technology so are in constant
contact about what’s out there on market. We are always
trialling new ideas and new machines, this is an important part
of staying current and efficient,” Gadd said.
For further information contact:
BOC, New South Wales
Web: www .boc-limited.co m.au
Gas solution prepares shipbuilder for new ferry orders
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