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Temporary Services Optimization

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: August 2014 Temporary services are identified as services that are required during fabrication but do not sail with the ship. These services provide craftsmen with ventilation, welding lines, electric lighting, power, compressed air, scaffolding, and various other services that are installed, utilized, and removed as craft complete […]

DDG Digital Storyboarding

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: July 2014 The ability to convey digital information to the deck plate craftsman is either nonexistent or very limited in applications. The amount of digital data in shipbuilding has increased throughout engineering, planning, manufacturing, training, etc. There exists a need to migrate off paper dependency and provide […]

Structural Fairing Process Improvement

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: July 2014 Thermal and mechanical straightening are the current processes used to correct distortion in shipbuilding. Although effective, these processes are largely trial and error-based with vague operational guidance available. Lack of specific guidance on processes lead to the following effects: significant structural damage, costly rework, process […]

Work Flow Tracking System

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: July 2014 Pipe details (PD) are assembled in the Pipe Shop. The duration the pipe detail spends in the Pipe Shop varies from a few days to a few weeks. Currently there is low visibility of the completion status associated to the pipe detail while it is […]

Capacity Planning Automation

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: June 2014 Currently, lay-down placement and assignment of units through successive shipyard work stations is done through a laborious, manual process. This process is dependent upon the experience of a limited number of personnel, time consuming paper processes, and is subject to a large amount of error. […]

Machine Readable Material Transactions

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: June 2014 Receiving material in the warehouse and tracking its movement throughout the yard is a paper laden, manually intensive effort. The ‘Machine Readable’ project is focused on mobility technology and process improvements to demonstrate cycle time reduction of material transactions using “machine readable” data entry with […]

Producibility Optimization Handbook

Project Participants: Marinette Marine Corporation Project Start: June 2013 The U.S. Navy and Marinette Marine Corporation have a joint initiative to improve platform producibility & cost efficiency by reducing manufacturing costs without increasing vessel weight. The Navy ManTech program is participating in this initiative with specific focus on improving manufacturing processes for Littoral Combat Ship […]

Supervisory Material Management System

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: February 2013 The ‘Mobile Supervisor’ project is focused on mobility technology and process improvements to enhance efficiency and optimize both the foremen and craft productivity by increasing foreman time spent on the deck plate and shop floor and decreasing time spent traveling to/from office locations and warehouses. […]

Improved Stud Fixturing Processes

Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Project Start: June 2012 During ship construction, the U.S. Navy shipbuilding industry is required to attach tremendous quantities of equipment with a great variety of configurations, sizes, and weights. Traditionally, equipment is attached by drilling and mounting welded structural foundations. Extensive engineering resources are expended to design these foundations. […]

High Productivity Aluminum Manufacturing

Project Participants: Alcoa Defense, Inc., Marinette Marine & Austal USA Project Start: February 2012 Currently, aluminum butt welding for each Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a labor-intensive and costly process. This is due to the number of weld passes required to complete welds in aluminum of varying thicknesses. The numerous welding passes add unnecessary labor […]

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