Computerized Application of Standards Newport News Shipbuilding
NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING AND DRY DOCK CO VA
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The Computerized Application of Standards Project successfully proved that MOST developed standards could be applied by an existing computer-aided design system to eliminate manual application of standards. The Computer Center, Industrial Engineering, and Production Engineering worked together to develop a computer program to apply standards to the pipe detail work packages for the bending, fabricating, welding, and machining operations in the pipe shops. The implementation of this program into the computer-aided pipe detail design systems has resulted in improved accuracy and consistency of standards applications. Other benefits resulting from computerized application of standards include increased manhour productivity, standardization of pipe detail part terms, capability to apply detailed standards, and the capability for computerized transfer to the Production Scheduling and Control System. The development of the program took approximately eight months and involved extensive communications between the computer programmer and the Production Engineering pipe shop planners. This level of effort was based on the existance of a computer-aided pipe design system Generating pipe detail work packages and a well-established manual standards application system. Although the transferability of the program software may be minimal, the approach and techniques used to develop the program should be highly transferable.
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