How is your company doing overall?
I think we can say that all indicators are
developing favourably. Given the current
situation on the market where the demand
for automated and robotised solutions continues to grow, it is time for us to consider
our future development and direction.
Currently, we already know in advance
that we will be operating at full load for
a fairly long time, which is a good thing
of course, but it also means that we need
to keep looking for new approaches and
develop new capacities in order to preserve our signature strong connection with
our existing customers, employees and
suppliers, and to create such a connection
with new customers as well.
Are you preparing something new for
the next year or the near future?
We have been operating in the market
of the Czech Republic and neighbouring
countries since 2004 and our team has
grown since that time from the original
two individuals to the current total of
around 15 people. Our turnover in the
above mentioned countries is in hundreds
of millions of Czech crowns. Since we have
seen similar growth among our colleagues
in other European countries, we decided
to build a new base in the MS Region for
our business activities and to expand it in
the future. This step will also involve development and production of the most
advanced robotic systems on the territory
of the region.
Interesting Projects in Valk Welding:
3D Printing of a Ship Propeller
A prototype of the world’s first 3D printed
propeller was recently introduced in
Rotterdam. Thanks to the knowledge and
experience gained during the production
of the prototype, a second certified piece
will be printed next year and installed
onto a tug boat for practical testing. The
production of this 400 kg propeller is
a milestone in the technology of 3D printing with the use of a welding robot. It
means that large metal components can
now be produced using this technology
with lower cost and time requirements.
This 1,350 mm large propeller was produced by a consortium of companies
which included Valk Welding. The nickelaluminium-bronze alloy propeller was
created using Wide Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) technology utilising
a robotic welding system by Valk Welding.
Production of the New York Ferris Wheel
The beginning of 2016 marked the start
of production of the largest observation
wheel in the world. With an impressive
height of 192 meters, it will be located on
Staten Island in the New York Harbour in
the St. George neighbourhood. One of the
suppliers for the project is the company
Huisman, providing the hub and spindle,
A-frames, drive towers and rigid spokes.
The connection of the rim with the centrepiece and the 11 metre long spokes are
produced by the Czech division called
Huisman Konstrukce using the welding
technology of Valk Welding. Huisman
Konstrukce has two welding robots and
one robot for the preparation of edges via
plasma cutting thick plates. The company
has considerably expanded its knowledge base and experience with the use of
welding robots over the last four years with
support and training from Valk Welding.
Production of Ecological Boilers
In recent years, Valk Welding supplied
several welding robots for the welding of
ecological boilers which aid in improving
the environment, especially in regions with
high air pollution. Several such projects
were also implemented in the MS Region,
which is undoubtedly one of the regions
facing issues like that.
Text and photo:
Valk Welding CZ, s.r.o.
Podnikatelský areál 323/18
CZ-742 51 Mošnov
tel.: +420 556 730 954
fax: +420 556 731 680