A State of the Art Report of CAD/CAM/CIM Systems Technologies for the U.S. Shipbuilding Industry
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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The purpose of this report is to review the current state of systems technologies as they relate to shipbuilding production processes. The focus is on the areas of computer-aided manufacturing CAM, numerical control NC, and enterprise resource planning ERP. However, the report also addresses the areas of computer-aided-design CAD and product data management PDM. Although these latter areas are more appropriately in the design and engineering realm, the information created in these systems provides the foundation for many production processes. Some potential improvements in production process rely heavily on changes or enhancements in the design systems. Moreover, this report emphasizes shipbuilding specific requirements, system capabilities and opportunities. Systems technology support for the shipbuilding industry is built largely on top of systems that have been developed in support of the requirements of other industries. One of the challenges is to understand where those other requirements coincide with shipbuilding requirements and where they diverge. With such an understanding it is possible to plan when to let other industries drive systems technology and to identify those areas where the shipbuilding industry needs to be more proactive.
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