At the 2016 Defense Manufacturing Conference, the Navy Metalworking Center provided two technical presentations, exhibited some of its technical capabilities, and earned recognition for the achievements of two recent projects.
Once again, Navy Metalworking Center (NMC) projects were recognized by the Department of Defense Joint Defense Manufacturing Technology Panel (JDMTP). This year, two NMC projects were finalists for the Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Awards, which the JDMTP presented at the Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC 2016) in Denver on November 30.
One of the two finalist projects streamlined the fabrication of the DDG 51 class sonar dome, reducing the time, labor, and rework needed to produce this component. Ingalls Shipbuilding (Ingalls) implemented the solutions including a portable grinding station that includes a mechanical arm, a plasma gouging system, a stem bar gauge, and a laser scanner system. The project is expected to reduce $7.6 million over five years on the Navy ship platforms constructed at Ingalls.
The other project developed easy-to-use, small, lightweight, portable, power-assisted tools to reduce the time and effort needed to pull cable on surface ships. Ingalls began implementing both the dual roller and capstan tools in 2015, Bath Iron Works purchased one of each tool and expects to purchase more, and Newport News Shipbuilding plans to evaluate them for applicability on CVN. Ingalls expects to save $1.5 million using the tools on a single hull of each program under construction at that shipyard.
Since 2008, NMC has won three Defense ManTech Achievement Awards, was a finalist for three awards, and was nominated for four others. The JDMTP presents these awards to projects managed by one of the military services’ ManTech programs or the Defense Logistics Agency based on manufacturing technology achievement, transition/implementation, and potential or realized benefits.
NMC has participated in DMC, the largest annual forum for the defense manufacturing and industrial base community, for many years. This year, NMC delivered two technical presentations. Rob Akans, NMC Technical Director, and Bruce Williams, Director of Custom Fabrications at Concurrent Technologies Corporation, spoke about the development and demonstration of plasma-GMA welding process for fabrication of ferrous and nonferrous materials for shipbuilding applications. In addition, Mr. Akans delivered a presentation on behalf of project manager Mike Lichtenfels on sonar dome fabrication methods.
NMC also exhibited at DMC 2016, where team members talked with many of the 1,000 attendees and exhibitors about NMC’s capabilities and successes in implementing advanced metalworking technologies.