Redesign of Vehicle Components for Improved Manufacturability and Maintainability

NCMS Project #: 142124

Problem: The concept of Design for Maintainability (DfM) emphasizes the importance of timely integration of key maintenance considerations at an early design stage.  Implementing this concept decreases the risk of reliability and availability issues, both of which negatively impacts total lifecycle costs.  Implementing and synchronizing these tools and processes together early in a program can help eliminate multiple revisions and design changes that have traditionally caused production delays and increased maintenance and sustainment costs.

Benefit: The desired result from this initiative is a more capable, safer, and reliable vehicle and FOV that is easier and more cost-effective to manufacture, maintain, and sustain.  As applicable, the government will utilize the lessons learned from this initiative to improve maintenance and sustainment for other platforms and weapon systems regardless of where they are in the product lifecycle.

Solution/Approach: The purpose of this initiative is to assess and evaluate how Design For Manufacturing (DFM)/DfM principles, tools, and processes can be applied across a product lifecycle to redesign defective parts and components.  Using the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Family of Vehicles (AMPV FOV) as a surrogate, this initiative will develop and demonstrate the process to redesign problem vehicle components and determine the best approach to improve their manufacturability and maintainability.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve overall system reliability  
  • Lower lifecycle costs 
  • Increase part commonality 
  • Decrease recurring unscheduled maintenance repairs 

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office – Ground Combat Systems (PEO GCS) 
  • Project Manager Mounted Armored Vehicles (PM MAV) 
  • Product Lead Mounted Armored Vehicles Modernization 

Industry Participation:

  • Pratt & Miller Engineering
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

 

Focus Area:

  • Advanced/additive manufacturing