CIMdata PLM Industry Summary Online Archive

25 April 2008

Implementation Investments

Shipbuilder Selects IFS Applications for Increased Visibility of Costs and Inventory

IFS announced that Austal USA has chosen to implement IFS Applications to support its growing ship manufacturing business.

Austal USA, located in Mobile, Ala., manufactures aluminum vessels, such as commercial high speed passenger and vehicle-passenger ferries, cruise ships, freight and offshore support ships, and high performance military vessels.

“Our recent significant growth has caused a need to reduce the amount of manual processes within our business and create more visibility of our costs and inventory,” Austal USA Director of Supply Chain Management Terry Schroeder said. “We chose IFS Applications to aid in the automation of tracking our costs and project schedules. We were impressed with what IFS Applications could do for our business, such as increase our visibility of costs, material lead time, and inventory, as well as provide us a reliable process for tracking project schedules.”

“IFS Applications has been adopted by naval shipyards that are facing government mandates to adopt leaner project centric manufacturing processes,” IFS North America President and CEO Cindy Jaudon said. “Commercial shipyards like Austal USA will not only benefit from adopting the technology behind these lean practices, but also optimize IFS Applications for their own business purposes rather than for regulatory compliance.”

IFS Applications offers project-centric capabilities that have proven to be a good fit for shipbuilders around the globe. IFS functionality for project-driven manufacturing, earned value management, and service management allow shipbuilders to leverage lean manufacturing and financial processes and comply with government mandates. IFS’ shipbuilder customers include Akers Yards, Todd Pacific Shipyards, Ursa Shipyards, Uzmar Denizcilik and Stocznia Marynarki Wojennnej S.A.

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