Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Manufacturing Simulation
Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC) has been involved with manufacturing simulation for more than twelve years. During the last two years, the company has taken this computer tool to a new level by using a windows-based software called ProModel. This tool visually animates a computer model which helps users identify schedule risks, facility allocations, and cost impacts associated with making changes within their organization. ProModel provides the best analysis of expected results by animating the movement of forecasted/actual data or planned processes. Advanced planning of these changes helps to ensure a program’s success prior to changing a complex manufacturing system. The tool can also predict the outcome of a simulation throughout the life of a program.
Customer satisfaction is the primary objective of ProModel. RMSC used this manufacturing simulation tool to start up the Navy’s Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Launcher International program. As a result, the RAM program was completed on cost and two months ahead of schedule. Another start-up involved the Army’s Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) 2A retrofit program. Over the two-year lifespan of TOW 2A, the company met all schedule and cost goals.
RMSC continues to foster manufacturing simulation within the company as well as throughout the DOD community. Since implementing ProModel, RMSC has been able to minimize tooling and facility risks; ensure program schedules are met; and respond to customers’ concerns and questions.
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