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speed datalinks. When applied to the construction
of FSM, TKMS knows this will improve the cost-
efficiency and effectiveness of Australian shipyards
and infrastructure. It will have spinoffs into the wider
DIGITAL SHIPBUILDING CENTRE OF
Had ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems been selected
as the winner of CEP, it intended to proceed with a
Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence (SCOE) in Adelaide
following the establishment of the Digital Shipyard.
This announcement follows Siemens $2.73 million
software grant in partnership with the South Australian
Government and Simulation Australasia.
Visiting global President and CEO of Siemens PLM
Software, Chuck Grindstaff, had flagged a multi-million
dollar software in-kind grant if Germany had been
selected to build Australia’s next fleet of submarines.
He highlighted how the establishment of a Digital
Shipyard in Adelaide could help the state transform
into a hub for high-tech manufacturing, innovative ideas
and increased employment. Drawing on his experience
with the manufacturing renaissance in the US and the
approach to naval shipbuilding in the State of Virginia,
he said the Australian economy could benefit greatly.
"The manufacturing industry in America is on the
rise and is being transformed by a software revolution
that is enhancing productivity, increasing efficiency
and speeding time to market," said Chuck Grindstaff.
“Australia is faced with a unique opportunity through
its defence investments to help local industry rapidly
transform and prepare to participate in advanced
manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 .”
In Virginia where shipbuilding is core to the state's
economy, Siemens provided $1 billion of in-kind
software to equip students with the Digital Enterprise
Software Suite that will help them build the world's
most complex ships for the US Navy, including their new
aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford.
“Should Germany be selected to build Australia’s
next fleet of submarines, I could see a multi-million dollar
in-kind Siemens PLM software grant to help re-tool
Australia’s next generation of workers,” said Grindstaff.
“It’s no longer about who has the strongest back, but
who best uses their brain and receives the best training
in areas like mechanics, mechatronics, computers,
software, design and engineering.
“Digitalization of industries weaves digital threads
through the entire value creation chain. We are
witnessing this in the US state of Virginia where, through
a $1 billion Siemens grant and the establishment of a
Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence (CoE) the state is
focusing on equipping students with tools and training
that will help them build the world's most complex ships.
This digitalization is up-skilling students, academia and
the workforce in advanced manufacturing technologies
used not only in shipbuilding, but also aerospace,
automotive, machinery and other industries.
“A combination of Germany’s Industrie 4.0 vision, the
access to advanced manufacturing technologies already
in application in the US Navy and Australia’s Innovation
Agenda will help retool Adelaide and Australia for the
digital age of manufacturing,” said Grindstaff. “Put
simply, I could see a rebirth of shipbuilding in Australia
with flow on effects to all industry and the potential to
seed Australia's manufacturing Renaissance - similar to
what we're seeing in Virginia.”
According to ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia
chairman John White, such an approach would greatly
reduce risk for the Royal Australian Navy.
“The Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence in Australia
would benefit all defence programs and ensure common
software platforms to strengthen Australia’s approach.
It would help connect the Royal Australian Navy to
academic institutions and industry so we embed a
continuous and sustainable hi-tech shipbuilding industry.
SEA 1000 has the scale to change the way ships are
built in Australia; it provides a generational chance to
advance the manufacturing industry.
“An advanced (digital) integrated product
development and support environment (IPDSE) would
avoid the pitfalls of the past where data has been
difficult to manage and major programs have often
relied on 2D paper diagrams. With modern technology
everything can be designed and tested collaboratively in
a digital world before going anywhere near a prototype,”
said White. “This eliminates geographical borders. It
reduces cost and waste.
“These digital systems use sophisticated 3D design/
development/monitoring tools and an unbroken digital
thread that facilitates error-free numerically controlled
production, operation and support.”
COMING IN PART 2
Part 2 will continue its description of examples of
the Australian defence industry SMEs who have the
potential for a great contribution to Australia’s Future
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