A new report has just been published in electronic format at the National Shipbuilding Research and Documentation Center (USA). The purpose of this document is to introduce the basic requirements for the design and implementation of a Part Standardization Program within the shipbuilding and marine design communities. The adoption and use of this type of program within these industries will be instrumental in reducing design and materials costs across shipbuilding programs, and reducing overall life cycle and support services costs for the life of the end products affected.
Although the initial design and deployment of this type of program requires concentrated focus and sustained support, the return on investment can be significant in the areas of material, design, construction and life cycle costs. Other savings can be gleaned from reductions in procurement, warehousing, administration, and other associated activities. The report is divided in three parts, Establishing an Approach; Implementation; and Deployment.