Group Technology/Flow Applications in Production Shops
NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER CARDEROCK DIV BETHESDA MD
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BACKGROUND Group Technology has been in use since the mid-1920s in a number of U.S. industries other than shipbuilding. The Europeans and Japanese have been applying the concept to shipbuilding since the 1950s. Since the introduction in the 50s in Japanese yards they have adapted it to their culture and carried Group Technology to its fullest potential. This has been confirmed by observation of their methods of fabrication assembly and installation. In the last ten years a number of articles and guides have been written, plus workshops have been held, on how to apply the concepts of Group Technology to U.S. shipyards. The actual application of these techniques has only occurred in a few areas, primarily in the Steel Fabrication and Assembly functions. OBJECTIVES The goal of this project is to apply the Group Technology concepts in areas not already addressed. The application of Group Technology techniques can lead to reduced labor costs, improved material flow and handling methods, and reduced space requirements, not only for operational activities but also for support activities such as storage. The end result will be better managerial control of the operation to meet the demands of the industry.
- Marine Engineering