New Standardized Components Speed Production While Improving Quality.
Responding to customer feedback and high demand, Nautican has completed the pre-engineering of standardized components for our full range of Integrated Propulsion Units (IPUs), for propeller diameters from 64” to 156”. These pre-engineered components form the core of the new Nautican Ocean Series IPUs, and allow Nautican to rapidly design a complete system for each customer, based on these standardized components.
“Engineering used to be our biggest bottleneck” says Elizabeth Reynolds Boyd, President of Nautican. “It used to take six weeks to engineer a complete system for each customer, and even longer to ensure that all components were fully designed for production. So, eighteen months ago we invested in a massive effort to pre-engineer all major components for the full range of systems for ocean and coastal workboats – the Ocean Series”
Since implementing the Ocean Series, Nautican has been able to cut down significantly on the time it takes to show customers exactly what system best meets their specific vessel needs. “For most projects, we can tell the customer on the first phone call what system will work best for them and how it will perform.” says Boyd. In addition, the pre-engineering of the Series has decreased—by an order of magnitude—the amount of time and effort required to get the project from drawings into production.
The push towards standardized components also means that manufacturing is smoother, faster and more predictable. Nautican is now better equipped to work with suppliers in providing the most accurate and achievable delivery dates to customers. Which allows Nautican to schedule projects more accurately, with less slack time in the schedule. This has helped Nautican to respond to increasing demand from customers while also cutting down on lead times.
The overall result of the standardized Ocean Series is:
- Reduced design time
- Faster production of drawings for customer approval
- Highly engineered components and subsystems for every project
- Low to no delays on replacement parts
- Improved overall lead times
Nautican recently filled their last available production slot for 2016, with a delivery in mid-December. Space is currently available for deliveries in February to March.