Competition is global, market niches numerous and the attractiveness and customisation of selection criteria more and more critical. To be successful, manufacturers must offer stylish products to attract customers and a wide range of features and excellent performance to make them stand out from their competitors, whilst keeping prices competitive. The ability to demonstrate to customers that maintenance is easy and affordable is an increasingly strong selling point, because customers know that these types of products require a substantial budget.
To get ahead of the competition, introduce new features and renew their product ranges more quickly, the entire sector is transforming these manufacturing processes and adopting new boat and ship development methods. The main challenges involve all the players in the segment: naval architects, designers, shipyards and system or component suppliers.
Challenges for naval architects and designers
- Design and quickly propose styles with renderings, drawings and an interactive 3D mock-up
- Collaborate and exchange project data in real time with shipyards and owners
- Modify earlier designs and automatically update all the data (drawings, calculations, Microsoft Excel tables, etc.) for increased reactivity
- Compute hydrostatics, stability and weight distribution.
Challenges for small shipyards
- Perform complete 3D detailed design through collaboration with all the necessary professionals
- Avoid modifications and reworking due to poor quality during production
- Standardise components on all the products and across entire product lines
- Better integrate subcontractors into the manufacturing process.
Challenges for large shipyards
- Efficiently manage scheduling and cost monitoring
- Anticipate and coordinate space reservation for all disciplines
- Integrate the design and manufacturing systems for components with long cycle times
- Observe lead times.