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The National Shipbuilding Research Program. Design for Production Manual 2nd Edition

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The overall objective of design for production can be defined as follows Design to reduce production costs to a minimum, compatible with the requirements of the vessel to fulfill its operational functions with acceptable safety, reliability and efficiency. The extension of the design process to include the design for production activity has the following primary objectives to produce a design that represents an acceptable compromise between the demands of performance and production and, where appropriate, take into account the needs of overhaul, repair and maintenance to ensure that all design features are compatible with known characteristics of the shipyard facilities to apply the individual design for production principles and procedures insofar as they are relevant to the particular vessel and to the particular shipyard where the vessel is to be built, and to co-ordinate the inter-relationship between the machinery, electrical and outfitting work with the structural work, in order to create a fully integrated design model. It is, of course, vital that design for production effort starts early in the design process. The designer has the greatest influence on the cost of the vessel during the earliest design stages when primary parts, materials and equipment and the basic configuration are being decided. The influence the designer has on cost drops off quite rapidly in the later design stages.

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  • Marine Engineering

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