DTA Heavy Movers: Revolutionising the Shipbuilding Industry

The shipbuilding industry has witnessed significant technological advancements over the years, transforming the way ships are being constructed. A ground-breaking innovation that has taken the industry by storm are DTA’s heavy duty transporters. DTA are a company specialising in the design and manufacture of self-propelled indoor and outdoor transporters.

This technology has revolutionised and streamlined the shipbuilding process, offering numerous advantages including efficiency, safety, and cost effectiveness.

DTA heavy movers are capable of carrying heavy and large loads in shipyards such as ship hull sections, machinery components and other structural elements with precision and ease. These AGV’s can navigate through confined spaces, lift and transport heavy loads and place them with pinpoint accuracy enabling shipyards to meet tight deadlines and increase overall productivity.

 Advantages of DTA Heavy Movers

  • Enhanced Efficiency – Ability to work around the clock, minimising downtime and maximising productivity.

  • Safety improvements – Heavy lifting is a high-risk task in shipbuilding. By utilising DTA Heavy Movers, shipyards can mitigate the risk of accidents and injuries to workers, creating a safer work environment.

  • Precision and Accuracy – These robotic systems are equipped with advanced sensors ensuring precise and accurate placement of heavy components. This level of accuracy results in higher quality ships and reduced rework.

  • Cost Effectiveness – Although the initial investment in DTA Heavy Movers may be significant, the long-term benefits outweigh the costs. Increased productivity and reduced labour requirements lead to cost savings in the long run.

DTA heavy duty transporters are a game-changer in the shipbuilding industry. These robotic systems have redefined the way heavy materials are handled, offering unparalleled safety, efficiency and precision. As shipyards embrace this innovative technology, the industry will witness unprecedented growth, allowing for faster and more cost-effective construction of vessels.

Peter Moore, Automation and Robotics Manager at Applied Integration states, “The choice of heavy payload transporter is critical, a poor choice and operational efficiency is simply lost. Like many heavy industry applications, shipbuilding operations rely on efficient and safe movements of heavy payloads indoors and out over varied terrain. Together with DTA, we have focused on the industry needs and designed “smart move” solutions focused on optimizing operations, enhancing operative safety and where necessary delivering fast accurate positioning.  To suit vessel builds from submarines, cruise ships, tankers to luxury yacht applications we have a wide range of vehicle types offering manual to fully autonomous operation, omni-directional movement, self-levelling for uneven/sloped surfaces, a range of wheel/tyre types for all terrain and can manage payloads beyond 700 tons.  Smart movers can be used in Tandem/ quad formations allowing individual vehicle transports for smaller/lighter loads and then collaborative vehicle operation for large loads such as ship hulls etc.

Applied Integration partnered with DTA in early 2023. This partnership is part of Applied Integration’s strategy of combining proven rigorous systems engineering expertise with carefully selected best in class automation technologies. An approach that will enable customers to manage the smart factory digital transformation, while ensuring minimal adoption disruption, optimised ROI, future proofed investments and development of world class logistics and manufacturing processes through effective technology adoption.

Gonzalo de Sebastian, Sales Director of DTA states “We are very excited about our partnership with Applied Integration. DTA were actively looking for a UK partner to work with and selected Applied Integration based on their high-level expertise in autonomous vehicle technologies and system integration. We believe their skills combined with our class leading heavy-duty transporters, will provide the ideal solution for efficient heavy payload transports for the UK market.”

Applied Integration is a leading systems integrator, specialising in delivering the latest industry technologies with a focus on Industry 4.0, Digitalisation, Internet of Things (IoT), Analytics, Big data / Cloud Technologies, Safety Critical Systems (SIL1, SIL2, SIL3) and Robotics and Collaborative Robots (Cobots). Founded in 2005, AI has a dynamic, 60+ strong engineering team with many years combined experience.