In an industry where many projects experience tremedous cost overruns and schedule delays, shipyards are more focused than ever in managing manufacturing costs. Ship manufacturing involves innumerable elements that must be stringently coordinated and executed in order to complete a project in time and within budget. Whether a ship is a tanker or a yacht, interconnected activites must be carefully planned to reach the safest, faster, and most optimum manufacturing sequence.
Shipyards and marine engineering companies rely on Dassault Systèmes (DS)' Ship Manufacturing and Production solution and fully integrated PLM environment that supports design-to-manufacturing approach in order that both design and ship construction processes can be optimized in ways that would best utilize available resources. DS PLM virtual construction portfolio offers extensive capabilities unmatched in the industry. Early and throughout the design process, ship construction planning, scheduling, and sequencing can be virtually defined and simulated to reduce the occurrence of construction-delaying problems that typically arise when the systems and machinery are ready to be placed.
This solution includes scheduling with tools such as Primavera and MS project, equipment placement, and human simulations including aspects such as vision, display and motion. As all components and humans are included in the planning, initial requirements, costs, and construction time can be estimated quite accurately prior to capital orders.
DS PLM environment maintains the relationships between design data and construction data. This helps shipyards track late changes, identify parts that may be impacted by design changes and study the impact of the changes on manufacturing. This integrated PLM environment gives shipyards the information they need to predict the cost of changes in dollars and time so that they can decide whether or not to renegotiate the terms of the contract. Although interconnected with design, the manufacturing sequence can be arranged independently of the design structure, providing full flexibility to support the preferred organization to carry our the manufacturing of the ship.
With CATIA and DELMIA, YRS can avoid unnecessary manufacturing costs caused by unforeseen errors, streamline processes, optimize resources and shorten production ime.
Teng Yao PLM Manager, Yantai Raffles Shipyard