Project Announcement: Manufacturing Demonstration Toolset for Maintenance & Sustainment Support for FRC Southeast and FRC Southwest

One of the most significant issues for both industry and the DoD is the management of aircraft engineering data. This data consists of 3D CAD data, 2D drawings, and poor image quality of tech data drawing packages received from the OEM. The data is received piece-meal and the current processes used were developed to support the management of drawings and are not capable of managing this variety and quantity of data. Because of this, significant time is spent manually mining data by a dedicated group of logisticians and engineers.

Utilizing the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Southeast as a surrogate for American manufacturing companies, the overall project objective will be to build on the substantial work accomplished through the earlier NCMS/CTMA projects. Using the numerous PLM tools generated within Teamcenter, data can be placed under full configuration control and allow anyone to perform searches on and within the data. This environment can also be used to not just manage the data, but also provide the tools needed to manage the processes from engineering through planning to manufacturing. The common PLM backbone will enable the FRCs to share data, resources and manufacturing capabilities in an efficient configuration-managed environment through the lifecycle of their products. It will also help in the production of safer aircraft which the general public relies upon for daily transportation.

Those interested in participating in this initiative should contact Dana Ellis by September 15, 2017. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).