Blog - What are the key factors to make shipbuilding more efficient?

By
Jan Kranendonk
– Updated
Dec 17, 2015

We had a discussion with over 50 shipbuilding professionals and asked them: What are the key factors to make shipbuilding more efficient? Here is a summary of more than 100 ideas. Join the discussion in the LinkedIn discussion group ‘Shipbuilding Industry & Professional’. 

Shipbuilding production flow, by KRANENDONK

Factor 1: Using 3D CAD and drawing review 

3D CAD design can take away lots of obstructions in the production phase: “In my experience 3-D modeling led to vast improvements in production efficiency.” A detailed drawing review with all external stakeholders (ship owner, but also classification and regulation authorities) can also prevent lots of rework.

Factor 2: Production planning

Upfront production planning is considered important in an efficient shipbuilding process: “The ship owners need to know what they want build down to the minutest detail. The shipyard then must plan how to build it in great detail.”

Factor 3: Advanced infrastructure and logistics

Modern shipbuilding infrastructure enables high quality production and just-in-time delivery. A solution lies in production automation: “Implementation of automation may help to save valuable time and reduce human error. It can also be linked up with the design department.” Fabrication shops should be designed in a way that material handling time is minimized, in which logistical solutions can play an important role.

Factor 4: Aligning internal communication

Good internal communication and feedback is crucial to every step in the shipbuilding production process. Upfront production and operational feedback in the design phase prevents costly revisions and rework at a later stage. Consistent information sharing between different departments is key: “With today’s improvement in design and production technology, the complete process could be streamlined by using already available information, rather than different CAD systems and spreadsheets.”

Factor 5: Excellent leadership and workforce

Everything comes to be executed by human. Successful shipyards rely on excellent leadership and a skilled workforce. This may seem obvious, but many shipyards are still lacking in having the right people at key positions. “A smart CEO attracts, retains and protects bright talents - the most important scarce resource in the world.”

About KRANENDONK

KRANENDONK is the robot technology centre for advanced shipyard automation. By implementing intelligent robot technology, KRANENDONK enables shipbuilders to produce more efficiently and effectively. The production systems that KRANENDONK supplies are custom-build solutions that are cleverly integrated into material and data flows. This opens a range of automation opportunities for manufacturing companies. Find our shipyard solutions here.

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