Industrial Human Augmentation System (iHAS) for Improved Shipyard Operations

NCMS Project #: 140710

Problem: Building Navy ships is a very rigorous and exhausting task performed each day by workers at shipyards. Non-augmented workers endure injuries from muscle fatigue, ergonomic stress, and exhaustion on a daily basis from manipulating heavy tools for extended periods of time. Because of this, shipyards lose millions of dollars each year through workers’ compensation and training new worker.


  • Reduce worker fatigue and strain
  • Reduce total ownership costs
  • Reductions in rework

Solution/Approach: The work that will be accomplished under this project includes two prototype iHAS units for test and evaluation (T&E) of many different maintenance and repair applications doing actual production work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. To facilitate project execution, two MANTIS units will be leased to the Navy to begin T&E until the next generation units are ready for delivery. The T&E will include measuring worker productivity, work quality and ergonomic considerations. In addition, a Safety Assessment of the iHAS will be performed by a cross organizational, multi-service team to assess the risks of using an iHAS in comparison to the benefits the iHAS provides.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Boost productivity
  • Reduce injuries
  • Improve quality

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy (Puget Sound)
  • U.S. Navy (NSWC Carderock)

Industry Participation:

  • Lockheed Martin
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety

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