First Time Quality of the Dockside Tests and Trials Process (Docktrials) (2015-407)
- Bollinger Shipyards
- BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards
- Sparkhound, Inc.
- Hepinstall Consulting Group
January 2015 - December 2016
NSRP ASE Investment: $744K
Industry Investment: $745K
Streamline the Dockside Tests and Trials Process through the development and implementation of First Time Quality shipbuilding processes, as well as electronic reporting enablers to reduce the rework inherent in the DockTrials Process. Demonstrate that a preventive, quality-at-source program will result in a lower number of discrepancies issued at Dock Trials.
The Navy has experienced significant quality problems with several ship classes over the past several years. It has focused on reducing the number of serious deficiencies at the time of delivery, and GAO’s analysis shows that the number of deficiencies–particularly “starred” deficiencies designated as the most serious for operational or safety reasons–has generally dropped. Nonetheless, the Navy continues to accept ships with large numbers of open deficiencies. Accepting ships with large numbers of uncorrected deficiencies is a standard practice and GAO found that there are varying interpretations of Navy policy with regard to when the defects should be resolved.
This project is designed to shift the emphasis from an inspection-based detective quality control process to a more preventive “Quality at Source” process to ensure the quality and reliability of system components and equipment installation, and drive First Time Quality (FTQ) of all Dockside Tests and Trials. The process to provide objective quality evidence will be standardized to promote real-time capture and documentation of test information.
This effort will result in increased FTQ of dockside tests and trials, reduced DockTrials cycle time, increased ship’s operational availability, and reduced total ownership costs. This project is designed to enable a quality focus at the source through a series of checklist-enabled, in-process inspections and collaborative “hold points.” The project will enable the shipyard to improve quality through statistical process control methodologies and tools facilitated by a web-based quality record tracking and data collection system.
Point of Contact:
Dennis Fanguy, Bollinger Shipyards