Accession Number:

ADA263440

Title:

The Effects on Weapon Systems' Producibility of Suspending System Development After Advanced Technology Demonstration

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

143.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the significant effects on producibility of weapon systems caused by suspending system development after prototype development. The focus of this thesis is to develop and recommend appropriate actions that DOD could take to reduce the producibility risk associated With implementation of Advanced Technology Demonstration ATD strategies. It includes an analysis of the Defense Science and Technology Strategy Thrust Seven, Technology for Affordability. It also provides a critical examination of ATD interfaces SIMNET, CADCAM, CIM, CAE, CAPP, CADFM, Rapid Prototyping, and Agile flexible Manufacturing. An in-depth analysis of Design For Manufacturability DFM and its potential effects on program cost is also conducted. Representative producibility assessments performed on the A-12 composite air frame and the Comanche helicopter airframe provide a basis for comparative analysis. The thesis concludes that rapid advances in manufacturing and information technologies offer potentially significant improvements in future RD and A efforts. It recommends that DOD pursue advanced technology enabling methodologies, enhanced computer aided systems integration, increased standardization and optimized use of critical manufacturing resources. It also recommends that DOD organize and capitalize a Defense Science and Technology Affordability Research Center DSTARC. Producibility Assessment, DFM, Design For Manufacturability, ATD, Affordability, CIM, SIMNET, Virtual Prototyping, Virtual Manufacturing, Virtual Company, Agile Manufacturing, Suspended Development, Flexible Acquisition, FMS, Concurrent Engineering

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE