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Real Time Linux Enables Ship Building Robot
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Mar 21, 2006
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Samsung Heavy Industries has made FSMLabs RTLinuxPro its standard platform for shipbuilding robotics and has been using a family of advanced RTLinux powered robots in its industry leading facilities on Koje Island Korea.

SHI designs and constructs high value-added vessels such as LNG carriers and large passenger ships, as well as drill ships and shuttle tankers as part of a nearly $4billion yearly business. FSM Labs RTLinuxPro is distributed and supported in Europe by SDC Systems.

SHI selected RTLinuxPro as the standard platform for ship-building robots and has now has been using several systems in production. The Spider welding robot moves autonomously on the ‘membrane wall’ structure within the ship. A pipe alignment robot automatically produces the precise alignment required for efficient construction. A third, Stewart-Gough Type 6-axes parallel is under development.

SHI engineers, working with FSMLabs Korean partners, RealTimeWave, have developed 3-D path tracking systems and real-time attitude control systems that are incorporated in their sophisticated robot control logic.

The SHI Project Leader and Managing Director Jae-Hun Kim says ‘RTLinuxPro and the excellent support from RealTimeWave helped us bring this complex equipment from design to production in record time and with low development cost.’

Young-Jun Park, the Principal Research engineer for SHI adds that ‘RTLinuxPro has a unique capability of combining very precise real-time with the standard Linux platform so that we could make the time sensitive control algorithms operate together with background processing without worrying about interference’.

Jae-Hun Kim also notes that ‘SHI has interests in the ship automation and building automation system markets where we think there will be much future growth and RTLinux is a key technology for us in this area.’

FSM Labs products are distributed in Europe by SDC Systems

About SDC Systems
SDC Systems Limited is a leading European distributor of embedded development software, tools and hardware. Focused on innovative and leading edge technology, SDC strives to provide ‘technology that makes a difference’, technology that will positively impact the development process and the quality and functionality of the final product. With many years’ experience and talented engineering support, SDC Systems work closely with their clients to provide an important source of embedded expertise and products.

For more information on the FSM Labs Linux products, visit or call Stuart Parker on +44 (0)1462 473 953, or Peter Heyes on +44 (0)118 375 8146 or e-mail:

Media Contact:
Richard Blackburn
Energi Technical Limited, Tel : +44 (0)1603 278228

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