Very large assemblies, such as reactor pressure vessels in the nuclear industry, are often time consuming to produce. One of the biggest sources of unproductive time comes from moving these parts between different machines for welding, machining, inspection and other operations. Doing everything on a single platform would allow significant time and cost savings for large complex fabrications in a host of industries.
The Nuclear AMRC’s Simple project, part of the government-funded Nuclear Innovation Programme, is designing such a single-platform process. Developing innovative welding and monitoring tools and the digital technologies that underpin single-platform manufacturing, the Simple approach could achieve cost and time savings of at least 50% for a range of large complex fabrications, a step change for the nuclear sector.