Shipbuilding Supply Chain Management

Achieve supply chain integration and synchronization

PLM for Shipbuilding provides supply chain management to help shipyards and fleet owners engage with their supply chain and reduce procurement costs, which can be more than 70 percent of the cost of a new ship. Shipbuilding supply chain management enables a sustained, disciplined and systematic process for reducing the total costs of purchased materials, goods and services while maintaining and improving levels of quality, service and technology. Suppliers can easily integrate all their data, including 3D, 2D drawings, documents and metadata, thus ensuring that the shipbuilder’s design, planning and production teams have everything they need to perform their tasks.

Shipbuilding supply chain management can also connect the shipyard’s procurement and suppliers more closely with engineering and service teams earlier in the design cycle, so they can make better decisions and help manage the change process. This solution synchronizes the value chain and leverages suppliers’ innovation potential as a strategic weapon in the battle for profitable operations. Using PLM for Shipbuilding unifies all shipyard operations and enables full communication with back-office applications, bringing together a shipyard’s design, process, manufacturing and service knowledge into a single PLM environment. PLM for Shipbuilding enables you to integrate information and automates processes throughout the product lifecycle to improve efficiency, accuracy and reduce time-to-delivery.

By bringing relevant product information together into automated processes, shipbuilders can better synchronize efforts, increase productivity and achieve greater innovation.

A well-integrated and -managed supply chain is also crucial to the service and support of operating fleets, either on deployment or during normal overhauls. This is particularly important for shipbuilders who are now focused on new construction as well as fleet support. A well-integrated and responsive supply chain can also reduce the cycle time to overhaul ships, thereby improving naval fleet availability and – for commercial fleets –profitability. Additionally, a well-integrated supply chain can ensure the correct parts and configurations are stocked to support service and maintenance.

Modularization and standardized parts and system interfaces are being used in the design of future ships, in order to increase productivity and adaptability while reducing total cost-of-ownership. These initiatives will make it even more important to integrate and synchronize the shipbuilding supply chain.

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