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IT-big break in ship repairing

Maria Manukovskaya
PR specialist, 33 Shipyard

It is notorious that implementing modern management information systems in a business environment is a powerful tool in improving competitiveness. Besides, the use of modern information technology contributes immeasurably to the defense readiness condition and the homeland security

ne of the facilities of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), the 33 Shipyard, which is located in the westernmost tip of Russia, the town of Baltiysk, has become the leading site where the new

IT-project will be implemented.  

The implementation of the ERP management system was started in 2016 within the framework of the common USC company driver. The IS swop made it possible to celebrate a genuine IT-breakthrough, and is based on domestic information products.   

The remarkable thing is that no suchlike systems have been implemented at ship repairing facilities in the defense-industrial sector in Russia until now. Modules of this scheme were developed and adapted solely to the needs of a ship repairing facility considering the fleeting nature, the input increment, the arrhythmia, the stochastic nature, the complexity and diversity of the tasks. The basic consideration of the scheme, as explained by the General Director Ilya Samarin, involves the cohesion of fundamentals: flexibility, scalability of modules, integratedness and safety.

The first deputy general director, Oleg Kasyanov, has himself contributed greatly to the implementation of the scheme. Promoted by hardworking of the workers’ team and their unquestionable professionalism, the automatic system was successfully implemented and shows its high efficiency today.

The formula for success is a strategically good choice and a lucky combination of functionality. The Ship-Repair yard started to apply business process reengineering and software progressive elements like the bar-coding system. The EPC (Electronic Product Code) technology allows to give a new look at the inventory records control, make efficient use of human resources, ship and adopt commodities and materials error-free.

The appellation of each product easy to read through the instrumentality of the corresponding device and to add it to the program, takes a lot of the hard work out of the routine process keeping it to a minimum, because the control engineer does not need to enter the product data manually any longer. Generating of an order today, i.e. the bill authorizing receipt of commodities and materials, is done by way of scanning, which contemporarily allows to optically check the product remainder and state.

The barcode mode is an innovation in ship repairing, allowing to codify the inventory management of spare parts, tools, accessories and components, which is without doubt important, since the substantial number of products are in storage.

Another goal objective reached because of the scheme implementation is the capacity to be quick in managerial decisions. This is due to the atomic data access and the integrated reporting on all business processes. Process preparation time and cost have declined considerably, the product quality increased, the failure rate in all phases of work preparation and planning decreased, the timeline to the report preparation for the customer shortened.

It is difficult to organize the production management and accounting as statutorily required without a modern operational system

Data support of the production infrastructure fully covers all the company main business-monitoring systems. Promoted by the understandable and simple indicators the manager evaluates and assesses the problem probability, checks up on the causes and mitigates risks of harms, particularly, determines the extent of eventual non-fulfilment of the state defence order before the deadline and probable deviation from target figures.

Also worth highlighting is the on-job training of staff in program authoring. More than three hundred staff underwent training at the company service desk represented by the data service bureau. In addition, work manuals developed for each working position helped adopt host of functions.

The system availability and fulfilment were originally demonstrated at the forum “IT in the service of Russian defense-industrial sector” in May 2018. The issue of implementing ERP systems at a ship repairing facility aroused keen interest and triggered a debate, especially in terms of PC - process solutions.

Today, the functionality of the ERP system is implemented in form of a set of integrated components, computerizing such functions as financial accounting and book-keeping, value engineering, personnel management, stockage, production, projects, quality and maintenance, as well as production scheduling, whereby, unlike the earlier function-oriented systems, the ERP systems are focused upon the procedures, displaying them in a fly-by mode at all modules involved.

Making a universal scheme for the whole defense-industrial sector is hardly a feasible task, as each company in the branch has its own needs and a potential capacity. Such works or a design bureau should be treated individually with ad hoc tools, but it is difficult to organize the production management and accounting as statutorily required without a modern operational information system, therefore the best practices and the work experience should be further communicated.

IT-big break in ship repairing
IT-big break in ship repairing
IT-big break in ship repairing