Standardized Designs Within a Shipyard - Basing Decisions on Costs Versus Returns
SOCIETY OF NAVAL ARCHITECTS AND MARINE ENGINEERS JERSEY CITY NJ
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While the US. shipbuilding industry strives to establish a program of standards on national level the concept of internal company design standards is often neglected as a basic principle of industrial economics. Most shipyard executives will readily agree with the basic concepts is standardization. but open closer examination it appears that with a few exceptions the level of implemented standardization within U.S. shipyards lags significantly behind that of other industries and shipyards in competing nations. The initial reasons for this are many and varied but it is usually reduced to the problem of identifying specific opportunities for standardization of design and quantifying potential savings. This paper will define the principles of design standardization as they apply to the internal functions of a shipyard and examine the economic factors that drive their implementation. Within its limited length and scope it attempts to provide vision of basic economic principle applied to its optimum effectiveness in U.S. shipbuilding.
- Operations Research
- Marine Engineering
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods