NCMS Technology Showcase: U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center

With a mission of “anticipating and providing fleet service and support needs on-demand,” the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC, Yokosuka) has asked NCMS to host a second Technology Showcase, October 18-19, 2021. The ship repair facility is challenged with providing extended service to their fleet in a high tempo environment, yet they don’t have access to all the latest technologies that their counterparts at domestic facilities do. 

The following is an initial list of desired technologies:  

Virtual Reality Training Solutions
Using VR technology, Shipyard workers can experience simulated work environments while learning the technical aspects of equipment, their operation, and maintenance.  VR training can also be used as a training tool for incident response and emergency operations.

3D Handy Scanners/Laser Scan
Hand-held and/or mobile three dimensional measuring instruments that provide extremely accurate 3D models of objects using LASERS.   These models can be used for analysis, production of drawings for engineering calculations, or reproduction of an exact replica of the object by means of 3D printing.

Multi-purpose Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) and Ship Data Platform
Unmanned Surface Vehicle (or drone) capable of performing various tasks that may include: visual inspection of ships and other infrastructure, photographic and video record of inspections, collection of samples, monitoring conditions, and general surveying tasks. The ideal technology would collect, store, and transmit data in real-time.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
AUVs are capable of autonomously assessing surrounding conditions and circumstances while carrying out preassigned missions, record video, and transfer collected inspection data and video once it has returned to the surface.

Reconditioning Capability
Maintenance and repair of marine engines with an emphasis on reconditioning and restoration of shipboard parts that are no longer being manufactured.  Cold Spray is an example of a reconditioning technology that is currently being explored by NAVSEA Shipyards.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (AIS or Drone) for visual and Ultrasonic (UT) Inspection
UAS can provide visual and UT inspection in confined or hard/dangerous to reach shipboard spaces such as tanks (ballast or fuel).  The UAS are operated in real-time via a tether or wireless interface that allows operators to conduct visual inspections on a secure, live portal and record the data for later analysis.  AIS can also be used for inspection of other shipyard systems such as cranes, ship antennas, and can also be used for security operations.

Runbook Automation (RBA)
Runbook Automation is the ability to define, build, orchestrate, manage, and report on workflows that support shipyard system and operational processes.  This technology will allow maintainers, supervisors, and subject matter experts’ access to needed procedures and operations to reference for troubleshooting and standards creation.

Working Support for Augmented Reality system

Solutions for Weld Inspection
Fast, accurate welding inspection technology that provides quick set up and reporting.   A 3D welding inspection system uses an inspection system (robot, camera and software) on the production line to perform speedy and accurate automatic operations from scanning to 3D analysis and pass/fail judgment.

Magnets for Various Solutions
Innovative magnetic technology can increase safety, productivity, and speed with tasks such as welding, fabrication, automation, shipbuilding, and other heavy industry applications.

Wrapping Repair Solutions
Wrapping repair system are engineered for pipe wrap and patch repairs, as an alternative to replacing defective metallic substrates, whilst providing superior strength, corrosion and chemical resistance. These solutions allow for quick and easy repair solution for restoring the strength of corroded, weakened and holed pipe and tank walls.

Laser Ablation
Laser ablation or photoablation is the process of removing material from a solid surface by irradiating it with a laser beam. Laser ablation can remove rust, paint and other coatings from ship’s surfaces via a process that is faster, safer, and produces less hazardous waste than existing methods such as sandblasting and needle guns.

Storage Systems
Automated industrial vending and inventory management solutions that allow shipyard workers to obtain commonly used parts quickly and easily, while automatically keeping track of inventory and ordering requirements.

Pipe Welding Systems
Innovative pipe welding technology that increases accuracy, provides better consistency and reduces operator fatigue.

Air Leak Detector and Viewer
Technology that can automatically detect compressed air leaks by using ultrasonic waves to detect air leaks using an array of sensor located throughout an industrial facility.

RFID/IC Tag for Time Keeping & Roll Call
A Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) that electronically records the time employees enter a facility, creates records for timekeeping and can provide information related to personnel safety and productivity.

Metal 3D Printers
Quickly produce metal parts with 3D printing technology that are simply not possible with standard manufacturing processes. Create lightweight, high-strength structures with quick turnaround times.

Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)
ROVs can carry out ship tank, hull, and running gear inspections, provide port security and deep-sea wreck location and assessment, video, and exploration of underwater locations where divers cannot easily go.  Using attachments such as Ultrasonic and imaging sonars, positioning systems and manipulators, the technology will assist in specialized operations with sensors to collect data, and customizable for numerous applications.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics
Leveraging I/O point data being generated from operational technology platforms on the ships by integrating into AI/ML platforms can add more predictability to maintenance planning process up front.  This will allow SRF to schedule and execute maintenance much more efficiently and effectively as well as increase the uptime of critical assets and operations on the ships greatly increasing the operational readiness of the 7th Fleet.

Cloud Technology
For purposes of achieving innovation at scale across the SRF environment to include Yokosuka, Sasebo and the remote operators around NAVSEA; cloud services could be utilized.  These services can support capabilities such as Digital Twin, Predictive Analysis, autonomous vessel repair capabilities, CBM+, MBPS, JAIC interface for AI assisted decision making and AR/VR capabilities.  This service could also increase the efficiency of IT service delivery.

To gauge interest and assist with decision-making as this event evolves, please email with the following information: 

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Date(s) - 10/18/2021 - 10/19/2021
All Day