The National Shipbuilding Research Program 1985 Ship Production Symposium Volume 2 Paper No. 15: Islands of Automation in Shipbuilding
BATH IRON WORKS CORP ME
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A recent article written about U. S. shipbuilding productivity states that automation technology applied independently of corresponding system improvements, such as group technology and process lanes, will usually produce only limited results in productivity improvement. While I generally agree with this conclusion, our own experience with production automation programs at Bath Iron Works BIW clearly demonstrates that a number of excellent opportunities are available in shipbuilding for substantial productivity improvement by implementing stand-alone i.e. system independent automation technologies which are referred to in this report as islands of automation. A major government commitment exists today for improving shipbuilding industry productivity, mainly through the development and implementation of automation technology and system innovations. This commitment is emphasized in a number of government sponsored publications which include the National Shipbuilding Research.
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