TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING (headquartered at Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture) accepted seven students from Carnegie Mellon University as interns from Carnegie Mellon University from May 14, 2015 for approximately one month.
Three research themes were investigated during this internship: monitoring technology, underwater investigation robots, and welding robots. Students started by observing the shipbuilding process and determined the necessary functions for each robot. For monitoring technology, tests were executed using prototypes per theme on actual ships and at the shipbuilding factory to collect valuable data that could only be obtained on the field.
A research result briefing was held on June 24, with 35 people including the managers and staff from TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING’s Design Division in attendance. Besides, TSUNEISHI will make use of the data acquired from the internship, as well as the feedback and firsthand opinions from the shipyard to make further improvement. Taking account of reduction in production cost, it also aims at putting the research results into practical use.
“Experiments with the ship were really exciting,” said a student. “It doubled our motivation to see how our research results could actually contribute to the manufacturing process. TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING’s ship products and business operations that cross country borders are large-scale, and it’s a leading-edge company that works to apply innovation to the shipbuilding industry. This internship is nothing more than a start. I hope we will continue to exchange human resources to revolutionize shipbuilding technology together.”
■About TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd.
The TSUNEISHI GROUP was established in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan around 112 years ago, with shipbuilding and shipping transport as its core business operations. As a group company and a top-reputed shipbuilder in Japan, TSUNEISHI SHIPBUILDING Co., Ltd. constructs a total of about 60 vessels per year from all 3 of its shipyards — the Tsuneishi Factory at Head Office in Japan, and two other foreign production yards, each located in the Philippines and in China. Its products are mostly bulk carriers ranging from the 30,000-ton to 180,000-ton class vessels.
Field of Business：Shipbuilding, Ship repair
Established ：July 1917
Capital：100 million yen
Employees：721 (as of December 2014)
Business Locations：Tsuneishi Factory (Numakuma-cho, Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima,Japan)
TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (CEBU), Inc.（Cebu ,Philippines）
TSUNEISHI GROUP (ZHOUSHAN) SHIPBUILDING, Inc.（Zhejiang, China）
TSUNEISHI IRON WORKS Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima)
TSUNEISHI TRADINGS Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima)
TSUNEISHI ENGINEERING Co., Ltd. (Fukuyama-city, Hiroshima)
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TSUNEISHI HOLDINGS CORPORATION
CSV Division, Marketing Communication Dept.
Head Office (Fukuyama) TEL: +81-84-987-4915
Tokyo Office TEL: +81-3-3264-7733