ABB Oy, Marine and Ports, needed new tools for assembling and transporting the Azipod® ICE1400, a gearless and steerable thruster used in ice breaking vessels. The electric drive motor is in a submerged pod outside the ship´s hull. The Azipod® propulsion model weighs 70 tonnes and is 6 meters long.
Because Azipod® propulsion units are so large in themselves, so is the production tooling required. Completely new devices for handling Azipods® during assembly and transportation had to be developed from scratch.
Citec was tasked with designing the production tooling for the whole chain of production. These devices included the tools needed to handle the product, production and testing equipment, lifting gear and transport and handling equipment.
Citec was responsible for:
- Project management and coordination
- Design and drafting
- FE calculation (including road and sea (IMO) transportation)
- CE marking
- Risk evaluation and user manuals