More than 20 Naval Support System stakeholders – shipyards gathered in San Diego July 26-28, 2022 to collaborate and brainstorm on Inside Shop pillar activities, such as work center transformations, planning accuracy and development of a base rate for production control centers. The main objective of the summit was to develop strategies to bring parts and materials from the production facilities more quickly from inside the workshop to the shoreline projects with predictable improvement through internal and external work planning.
“Along with these enhancements, we will continue to align and improve trade rules and ensure that our AIM [Advanced Industrial Management] the chapters also include the interior of the workshop,” said Josh Florez, Pillar Representative for the Interior Workshop at the Shipyard and Puget Sound Intermediate Maintenance Facility. “Besides the tangible improvements, the alignment and collaboration between the shipyard in-house workshop community was tremendous.”
Code 900’s Shop 31, Production Resources Inside Machine Shop, management representatives from the four US Navy public shipyards: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia; Portsmouth Shipyard, Maine; PSNS and IMF, Washington; and the Pearl Harbor shipyard in Hawaii were present. Also present were participants from the PSNS & IMF Code 360, Manufacturing and Support Office, Code 200, Engineering and Planning Department, and Code 300, Operations Department.
“This summit was facilitated by Code 100PI with support from our partners CACI and Boston Consulting Group as well,” Florez said. “We were fortunate to also have representation from Naval Sea Systems Command to provide the support and alignment necessary for an improvement of this magnitude.”
Key focus areas resulting from the summit include the development and use of PCCs to ensure alignment with local infrastructure pillar activities to improve workflow and problem solving; transforming the work center to reduce bottlenecks using Lean tools and processes to eliminate waste and improve efficiency; and the institution of uniform PCC scheduling practices to provide a short-term vision to support waterfront projects through a clear and coordinated structure.
“This summit was my first experience participating in a focused, cross-pillar strategy meeting,” said Dan Arnall, Shop 31’s Commercial Superintendent. ‘business associated with delivering the result of on-time delivery.’
Arnall also expressed the importance of continued cross-pillar collaboration and open communication to address challenges and remove identified barriers as issues are raised from the workforce. He encourages and looks forward to future summits among other NSS-SY pillars.
Going forward, participants will continue to support the Inside Shop Pillar initiatives through improved material delivery, alignment of communication, and continued collaboration with the activities of the other pillars to improve the system as a whole. together.