Project Participants: Huntington Ingalls Industries – Ingalls Shipbuilding (Lead) and PSU Applied Research Laboratory

Project Dates: June 2021 – December 2021

The Sustainment Technology Insertion Assessment project will investigate the integration of 3D laser scanning and cold spray technologies and processes for use in Navy platform repair at Huntington Ingalls Industries – Ingalls Shipbuilding’s Pascagoula, MS shipyard. This project will conduct a feasibility study to determine how demonstrated benefits of these readily available maintenance and sustainment technologies can be implemented in a private shipyard and what, if any, adaptations or variations may be needed to adapt these technologies for use at a private shipyard.  Specifically, this project will identify the technical, economic, and operational feasibility associated with 3D laser scanning and cold spray technologies relative to fleet sustainment and overhaul work at the Ingalls shipyard and for private shipyard use in general. Additionally, the Sustainment Technology Insertion Assessment project will leverage the technical, economic, and operational feasibility assessments to develop a list of best practices and a recommended process for future use when transitioning related technologies to private sustainment applications.

Technology development and insertion is a key enabler of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of many existing shipyard production processes. The goal of this project is to evaluate key repair technologies that have previously been proven to improve repair processes at public Navy repair shipyards, and to identify the feasibility and requirements for transition of the technologies into production within a private naval repair environment.  A key focus of the investigation will be to validate that technology insertion within Ingalls’ private repair facility will result in an improvement in shipyard throughput and quality, ultimately resulting in improved Navy readiness and potential cost savings.

This Special Project feasibility study will be conducted within a 6-month duration. The project will objectively and rationally identify the strengths and weaknesses of both technologies and determine their applicability/adaptability to Ingalls repair processes.

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