THE Royal Australian Navy (RAN) recently collected a distinguished prize from business-to-business media specialist, Reed Business Information.
RAN won the High Commendation for Technology Application of the Year at the 2005 Manufacturers' Monthly Endeavour Awards. This win has a lot to do with UGS' Teamcenter suite of plm software, which is distributed in Australia by Product Lifecycle Management (plm) - a platform on which the RAN has gained a world class configuration management system.
RAN is now the first branch of the Australian Defence force to move from paper-driven asset management into the paperless, instant era where it has control of 'configuration data' rather than mere 'maintenance data'.
General Manager of plm, Barry Tregidgo, said the company is proud to be associated with the achievements of the Navy, particularly as the implementation of Teamcenter will help set the RAN's technology platform for the next 50 years.
"To have the manufacturing community recognise the results of our close partnership with RAN is a proud moment for our growing Australian company, which is achieving big things," said Mr Tregidgo.
"Mainly through our close working relationship with the RAN's Deputy Director of Logistics Information Management, Mark Bass, and CMC Project Manager Commander, Mal Gahan, we have been able to create an environment in which the RAN can operate in real time to manage assets, maintenance, people, suppliers, inventory, and most other aspects of its large business to effectively reduce the incidence of wastage, accidents and emergencies.
"Product Lifecycle Management is a growing technology with limitless applications and RAN has duly been recognised for instituting a real-time system that is second to none across the world,” said Mr Tregidgo.
"We are grateful that one of the strongest voices in Australian business-to-business media has recognised the achievements of our association with the Australian Navy, which has set the benchmark for product lifecycle management in this country."
The implementation of Teamcenter sees the RAN begin a rollout to standardise record keeping and traceability on all major capital acquisitions of ships and aircraft - from concept to disposal - and in due course companies along its entire supply chain will be encompassed for total, seamless integration.
Based on Teamcenter Aerospace and Defense software, which is supplied in Australia by Product Lifecycle Management Australasia, the development complements the RAN's current seagoing logistic transactions system, the Asset Management Planning System (AMPS), by interfacing AMPS to a shore-based safety and efficiency-driven Configuration Management Tool (CMT), Teamcenter.
Teamcenter, from UGS, powers innovation and productivity by connecting people and processes with knowledge. Teamcenter's comprehensive portfolio of proven digital lifecycle management solutions is built on an open plm foundation. Teamcenter is the de facto standard for plm deployments and is backed by UGS' leadership in delivery.
plm markets, sells, implements and supports software technologies and related services that improve on organisations' product development and product lifecycle management capabilities.
plm is the master distributor for UGS in Australia and New Zealand.