Naval Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Center

The Naval Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing (NSAM) Center develops advanced manufacturing technologies and deploys them in U.S. shipyards and other industrial facilities to improve manufacturing processes and ultimately reduce the cost and time required to build and repair Navy ships and other weapons platforms. NSAM works closely with the Navy’s acquisition community and the defense industry to address manufacturing technology issues that negatively impact efficiency, with respect to both cost and cycle time. NSAM solicits, selects, funds and manages projects to address these critical and costly issues. The projects are focused on improving construction and repair processes, such as optimizing production practices, increasing the use of robotic manufacturing methods, investigating modular/packaged units, improving accuracy control, eliminating inefficiencies in material usage, and using advanced manufacturing tools and technologies across the full range of DoD platforms.

NSAM and its predecessor, the Center for Naval Shipbuilding Technology (CNST), have been operated and managed by SCRA Applied Research and Development in Charleston, South Carolina since 2003. Looking forward, NSAM will continue to pursue technologies focused on improving the affordability of current Navy acquisition programs. New projects being considered will investigate using modern planning systems, automated fabrication technologies, supply chain improvements, streamlined unit/module flow to and within storage and construction areas, wireless data management applications, using 3D product models to support production and developing improved scheduling systems for new, aggressive build strategies.

NSAM Web site: http://www.NSAMCenter.org

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