Advanced Metalworking Solutions for
Naval Systems that Go in Harm's Way

Success Stories

Mechanized Tools to Reduce Labor for Pulling Cable on Surface Ships

Tools developed under this project will reduce labor as well as health and safety issues associated with shipboard cable pulling.

Modified SHT Debond Detectors Delivered to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for In-service Use

A modified debond detector will support SHT inspection operations at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Automated Pipe Production Methods Anticipated to Save $7M on Several Ship Classes

The automation/mechanization of pipe fabrication processes for shipboard applications will improve quality and reduce costs on multiple naval platforms.

Improved Hull Fabrication Processes to Reduce Ship Construction Costs

Mechanized and/or automated processes will reduce labor and improve quality during hull fabrication.

Innovative Cable Installation Solutions to Save Labor and Costs in VCS Construction

Improved cable pulling processes in VCS construction will reduce labor hours as well as injury claims and medical costs.

Effective Submarine Baffle Tile Coating Will Save Life-Cycle Costs

Applying a durability coating to GTC SONAR baffle tiles will increase the service life of the tiles and reduce total ownership cost.

Integrated Metrology Approach to Reduce Labor Costs and Improve Schedule for Several Ships

This project developed a means of identifying and accounting for misalignment prior to final construction stages.

SHT Improvements Achieve Early Implementation on VCS

Improving SHT tile manufacturing and application processes will reduce cost and increase reliability while in service.

New Winch Will Enable Less Expensive Maintenance of RMS Component

The tow cable maintenance winch will provide a means for shipboard maintenance of the cable between the RMMV and the towed minehunting sonar system.

Innovative Machining Techniques to Reduce Costs for VCS Propulsor Manufacturing

Machining improvements will save significant costs in the manufacture of VCS propulsors, which are now made of nickel-based Alloy 625.

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