NCMS Project #: 142187
Problem: All across America, manufacturing plants are aging, becoming inefficient and costly to production. There is a need to revitalize and modernize these facilities in order to remain competitive across the globe. Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) are critical for the Navy in the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, engines, components, and support equipment. The aging infrastructure, inefficient layout and old equipment that does not take advantage of available data capabilities are contributing to longer maintenance times, increased costs, and reduced fleet readiness.
Benefit: Best practices and outcomes from this project will provide commercial industry with a model for developing and leveraging similar decision analysis tools that will improve overall facility efficiencies and profitability following modernization.
Solution/Approach: This initiative will use the Navy FRCs as a surrogate to demonstrate how using emerging best-in-class engineering modeling, simulation and management tools can help modernize aging manufacturing and maintenance infrastructure. The objective of Phase III is to evaluate the benefits of a fully digital shop floor production environment incorporating many of the concepts described in “Industry 4.0,” such as location detection technologies for digital real-time tracking, advanced human-machine interfaces, smart sensors, improved communications and self-monitoring and other smart technology.
Impact on Warfighter:
- Improve efficiencies and productivity
- Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs
- Maximize allocation of workforce and resources
- Increase readiness
- U.S. Navy
- Commander, Fleet Readiness Center (COMFRC)
- FRC Southwest (Naval Air Station North Island, CA)
- FRC East (Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC)
- FRC Southeast (Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL)
- Engineering USA
- Cost savings
- Repair turn-around time
- Maintenance management improvement
- Improved readiness
- Facilities and industrial process modernization