The Constant Work in Process (CONWIP) system uses elements of push, pull, and parts kitting to reduce overall process times and minimize variability. The research presented in this paper introduces the CONWIP concept to ship repair through the completion of a discrete event simulation. The research demonstrates that a CONWIP approach to ship repair can improve drydock turnover for large classes of ships requiring similar repairs, such as the US Coast Guards Mission Effectiveness Project.
Keywords:US government, ship, completion, marine transportation, work item, variability, Modeling & Simulation, conwip model, variation, assumption
Subjects:Information Management and Systems
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2010. The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers