ECONOMICS OF COMPUTERS IN SHIPYARD PRODUCTION CONTROL

Private shipyards are under heavy pressure to improve productivity. So are the naval shipyards. Like the private shipyards, naval shipyards are focusing on improved production planning, scheduling, labor/progress data collection, and industrial engineering as the main thrust of their productivity improvement programs. Unlike the private shipyards, however, the naval shipyards are drawing heavily on the use of computers to support these functions. One project, the subject of this paper, is of particular interest since a computer is used to integrate planning, scheduling, work-in-process tracking and labor collection functions with engineered labor standards to provide a closed-loop production control system for a key production shop at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. This system achieved operational status during the spring of 1980. A complete economic history of its initial economic justification, development and operating costs and preliminary indications of payback are now available. Since the design of this system makes it quite appropriate for private shipyard use, the data included within this paper should be of interest to those concerned with the economics of computers in private shipyard production control functions. Results of this project are correlated with the objectives and results of the National Shipbuilding Research Program, as appropriate.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 245-267

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  • Accession Number: 00329825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM