Today, even the most advanced shipyards have realised that if they want to maintain their leadership role and attain acceptable profitability, they will need to significantly enhance productivity throughout the enterprise. As part of this, many shipyards have begun to view innovative technology as a must to survive growing global competition, and to ensure they are building the ship on time and on budget with the available workforce.
Siemens PLM Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Shipbuilding solution is proven to enable a holistic approach to shipbuilding that improves total enterprise collaboration, synchronisation and productivity, as well as lifecycle ship service and support, by optimising shipbuilding processes. Shipyards find that the faster they can take advantage of this technology, the sooner they can drive value into their organisation.
A well-conceived implementation should optimise the potential value of the solution and ‘future proof’ the company’s investment. This is why Siemens PLM Software has developed a shipbuilding catalyst, which is designed to significantly improve the value of each implementation.
While accelerating time-to-value for implementing PLM for Shipbuilding, the catalyst provides an environment for the swift adoption of future shipbuilding software and related technologies. It minimises disruption during the implementation by delivering industry-tailored, rapid deployments that enable companies to experience the full value of PLM much more quickly.
The catalyst delivers industry best-practice models that function as references for PLM across the entire product lifecycle. Deployment accelerators include recommended product selections, configuration procedures, deployment best practices and user training. Open and configurable shipbuilding software allows users to control the appearance and behaviour of a Siemens PLM implementation. Options include data model extensions, data structures and validation checks. Shipyards can also take advantage of preconfigured elements for activities such as defining data objects and roles that can be used in automated workflows. The catalyst supports departmental schedule management, weight information management, issue management, supply data exchange and assembly planning for outfitting.
Ultimately, Siemens PLM Software’s shipbuilding catalyst enables shipyards to accelerate the digital transformation of the enterprise, optimising productivity with preconfigured elements for key processes. This allows operators to improve fleet support and achieve greater availability and reliability while reducing the total ownership cost.
This article appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2014 edition of International Cruise & Ferry Review. To read other articles, you can subscribe to the magazine in printed or digital formats.