Laser technologies center launches pilot project in Primorye

A pilot project putting into practice the technology of laser reordering of metallic parts in Russia's Primorye Territory was developed by the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) jointly with the Far Eastern Federal University and the Vladivostok-based ship-repairing center Dalzavod

A pilot project putting into practice the technology of laser reordering of metallic parts in Russia's Primorye Territory was developed by the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) jointly with the Far Eastern Federal University and the Vladivostok-based ship-repairing center Dalzavod, the press service of the territorial authorities said on Wednesday. 

Robot complexes will be equipped with high-power lasers which will allow overlaying repair coats of different metals on faulty parts automatically, fully restoring the operational integrity of separate units, the RAS Far Eastern branch said.

The laser performs a large number of functions: cuts materials, welds and faces them and makes the surface cleaning. The method of laser cladding provides for the repair and the restoration of different parts for a short period of time.

The center is primarily needed for ship-building and ship-repairing enterprises in the territory, First Deputy Governor Vasily Usoltsev said.

"The Primorye Territory is setting up a major ship-building plant Zvezda, ship-repair plants already need the services of the laser center today. It is much more profitable for them not to buy sophisticated and expensive spare parts, but to restore them by laser cladding. This technology is being developed at the center not just as a scientific experiment, but as a real order by industrial enterprises. The organizers of the center have already concluded contracts with several Primorye companies," Usoltsev was quoted as saying.

The pilot project the Primorye Territory plans to join a federal program for the creation of engineering centers.

The center founders plan to create a full-fledged complex for the restoration of metallic parts under the pilot project within the next three years. Mobile ship-repairing stations will be set up on the basis of developments at the center.

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