Improving Labor Productivity in Small Shipyards With Computer Assisted Structural Detailing
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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This is a story of using small resources to solve big problems. It describes a system now in use involving an application of small computers in improving steelwork productivity in small shipyards. A notable feature of the system is that it requires almost no capital investment. The costs of the system are charged to the job and the learning time for using the system has proven to be very short. Labor savings are quite dramatic. Manhours per steelwork ton have been reduce as much as 50 in some cases. The major emphasis of the system is directed toward the- improvement-of the most important labor components of steelwork, fitting, welding and-erection, rather than the steelwork areas normally cited as candidates for productivity improvement, layout and cutting. The system requires a few people with some skill in layout and planning but less shipbuilding knowledge on the part of the majority of the production labor force.
- Marine Engineering