In the naval sector, the assembly of prefabricated blocks is carried out by manual welding, in a complex environment requiring the installation of expensive scaffolding.


The purpose of the CHARMAN project is to develop a stand-alone welding trolley with the capability to move and automatically adjust its path on vertical surfaces, and to correctly repair welding seams as a function of the section of the weld joint.



This project ended in January 2016 with conclusive results for industrialists, which made it possible to launch a second collaborative research project aimed at achieving the industrialisation of the product, bringing together the Jules Verne IRT, Servisoud and the Chantiers de l’Atlantique.