Electronic Weld Record System
Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls – Newport News Shipbuilding
Project Start: November 2016
Welding processes at Huntington Ingalls Industries—Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) require over 25 different forms, including Non Destructive Testing (NDT). All of these forms are manually filled out, and then signed by hand. Information recorded on the forms must be captured and retained to meet internal procedures and/or government requirements. The current NNS process for recording information on weld/NDT forms consists of physically routing paper forms from department to department obtaining signatures/OQE (Objective Quality Evidence). At the end of the paper process, as required by the ship/NAVSEA technical publications, the records are filed and stored for record retention. This process leads to hand-written errors, difficulty interpreting hand written data, missing data fields, misplacing records, and difficult/time consuming tracking and reviewing/certifying records for accuracy/completeness, impacting NAVSEA audits and system testing.
The purpose of this project is to develop an Electronic Weld Record System to eliminate the paper records and replace with an electronic system. The electronic system will be web-based and accessible by all users (e.g., welders, auditors, managers, SUPSHIP, fitters, inspection) through the NNS network using a desktop, mobile device (e.g., tablet), or kiosk. The first phase will map out the current state process, future state process, develop a paper and electronic prototype, and define the technical requirements. The paper and electronic prototype examples will help in determining the welding, NDT, Inspection, and IT software/hardware requirements. The applicable process owners, program owners, users, SUPSHIP, and NAVSEA will review the requirements to ensure all issues and technical input are being considered and met. The second phase is for system development, which includes coding, testing, evaluating, verifying, validating the software works as determined to meet the end customer/business requirements, and stakeholder demonstration of the developed system. Upon successful and timely completion of the Electronic Weld Record ManTech project and acceptance of the technology and associated business case by the acquisition Program Office, the results will be transitioned to the NNS facility. This technology, once fully implemented, could potentially save an estimated $1.6M per VCS hull. The estimated savings is based on processing an estimated 30,000 weld records per year.