The Puget Sound Shipyard and the Intermediate Maintenance Facility hosted a technology showcase August 25-26, 2021 at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton Harborside, in downtown Bremerton, Washington.
According to Jeff Brimhall, PSNS & IMF Technology Integration Manager, Code 1000i, the event brought together 53 industry partners who presented tools, emerging technologies and various technical solutions to around 950 attendees.
The PSNS and the IMF held a kick-off briefing the day before the event in which staff from the Technology Insertion Office and a representative from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences assisted department heads, division heads and managers. from the innovation of the whole command to understanding how they could make the most of the event. to find skills that would help them solve problems and do their jobs more safely and efficiently.
“All shipyard staff were invited to attend, and we wanted the attendees to come and look for solutions to the problems they are currently facing,” said Brimhall. “The only objective of the technological integration office is to know” how can we help you with your problems? This event was designed to do just that.
Captain Jip Mosman, Commander of PSNS and IMF, encouraged the leaders and innovators who attended the launch briefing to help their teammates find abilities that could help improve the way work is done not only the PSNS and the IMF, but also in other public shipyards. also.
“Naval Sustainment System – Shipyards is all about improving our performance through our shipyards,” Mosman said. “There are songs from NSS-SY that are based on people. There are parts that are process-based. There is also a part of NSS-SY that involves innovation and innovation in the way we do things. It’s a great event to get ideas, and maybe get some technology to help us do better.
He encouraged people to find useful technologies and to make efforts to help the command acquire them.
“We’re already doing amazing things on the waterfront,” Mosman said. “However, there might be something we can do a little differently to make work better and easier, or to make it more productive or efficient. When these technologies that can help us are available, we just need to be that advocate and help bring them here to make things even better.
Brimhall encouraged leaders and innovators to think about the capacity gaps that could be filled by a technology and not to focus on a specific tool or technology.
“When you look at neat tools or equipment, you tend to look at things that look good or are marketed well,” he said. “When you focus on the capacity gaps, you stay focused on ‘what is my problem and how do I fix it? Additionally, when focusing on capabilities, you can ask vendors for feedback and ideas on equipment that they haven’t exhibited but that might be available or developed for us.
There were several vendors at the event that the order has worked with in the past, or is currently working with, to resolve issues. The shipyard and NCMS worked with one of the vendors to design and test a condenser cleaning system that significantly helped speed up critical path work on aircraft carrier availability.
Another supplier at the showcase has already worked with PSNS and IMF to modify a special cutting machine to meet safety requirements so that it can be used in the shipyard environment. The innovators from PSNS and IMF, with help from NCMS and the Technology Insertion Office, worked as a team to help the cutter through the approval process.
If a participant took note of a capability their store or code would like to explore, Brimhall said the next step is to contact Code 1000i to define who the stakeholders are and develop a plan to bring the solution to the shipyard. .
“Please think about the things that you have seen that you would like to pursue and contact us,” Brimhall said.
Code 1000i works with NCMS to test technologies in the shipyard and to collaborate with industry partners to customize them for government, if needed.
“NCMS can allow us to try new things quickly and easily,” Brimhall explained. “In addition, they can help us work with suppliers to develop new solutions. This allows us to team up with industry partners to develop new solutions that may not currently exist. This helps the shipyard find solutions to problems and helps sellers develop new products.