Cost Reduction through the Use of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management Technologies to Enhance the Navy's Maintenance Programs
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OPERATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
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To keep its ships and aircraft in an operational status, the U.S. Navy must have access to the parts necessary for repair. Current supply warehouses do not always carry the required repair parts therefore, when parts are unavailable, the Navy must either look to traditional acquisition sources or utilize manufacturing capabilities available at depot and intermediate maintenance activities. This thesis examines the potential cost benefits of incorporating additive manufacturing AM, commonly known as 3D printing, and collaborative product lifecycle management CPLM software into these maintenance activities. The research uses the knowledge value added KVA methodology to analyze modeled data and capture and quantify the benefits of introducing AM and CPLM technologies into Navy maintenance activities. This proof of concept was developed to apply AM and CPLM to as-is and several to-be maintenance process models to measure the potential benefits. By introducing AM and CPLM technologies into the current manufacturing process, the notional scenario showed positive results and suggests a significant reduction to cycle time and a potential cost savings of 1.49 billion annually.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Computer Programming and Software
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies