A recent Center for Naval Metalworking project looked at optimizing methods for installing machinery foundations on ships. CNM sought to develop a process that incorporates improved tooling and technology to drive efficiencies into the foundation installation process. Ingalls Shipbuilding was the shipyard lead for this project, which will ultimately result in significant savings for the Navy.
After creating baseline processes for fitting and installing machinery package foundations during construction, Ingalls identified opportunities for savings through process improvements and/or tech insertion. Then, it optimized processes for fabrication, metrology, and installation of machinery foundations. The improved processes were tested to review, demonstrate, and validate their feasibility and effectiveness. Ingalls is in the process of a phased implementation across multiple ship platforms. The optimized processes are estimated to save $830,000 over five years.
This material is based upon work supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under Contract No. N00014-16-D-4001.