A computer package designed to facilitate the preparation of production information for ships pipework, known as SPIN (Shipbuilding Pipework Information), has been developed by BSRA in conjunction with one of its larger member firms. SPIN is a set of procedures for progressing from machinery/pipe arrangement drawings of physical models (used less today when lead times are short and many ships are "one-off") to simple pipe sketches plus all information necessary for producing the pipe pieces. It includes material requirements, details of all branches, flanges and fittings, together with manufacturing details for bending the pipes to shape. Each sketch and information sheet is automatically labelled with the ship contract number, pipe number and an area or zone code locating the position of the pipe in the ship. Installation of the piping can also be facilitated by simple line-form pipe arrangement drawings for all or any prescribed part of the piping system. These are produced on a computer-driven draughting machine. In such arrangement drawings, each pipe and fitting (represented symbolically) is shown numbered. Examples of the pipe sketches including manufacturing information, materials listings and pipe arrangements are shown. On its own a system like SPIN may not in all circumstances be thought to yield great benefits but, taken together with the standardisation aspects it brings in its wake and the ease and uniformity with which it can provide information for a number of departments, its advantages begin to become apparent. It can be further thought of as being a part system which might easily fit into a production progressing scheme, for example, one can begin to see how it and similar systems might facilitate the building of ships. SPIN is a complete package. Currently it can be installed and used on ICL or IBM computers, but it could be adapted for use on other machines. If anyone without a computer wishes to use the facility of SPIN the data, prepared either by the shipbuilder or by BSRA on his behalf, can be run on the BSRA computer through the bureau service run by the Technical Services Department of the Association.

  • Corporate Authors:

    British Ship Research Association

    Wallend Research Station
    Wallsend,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 4-5
  • Serial:
    • BSRA News
    • Publisher: British Ship Research Association

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00312477
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM