Dual-Mode Undersea Vehicle at Technical Solutions
HII’s Technical Solutions division has developed a dual-mode undersea vehicle that meets the mission requirements of two different naval communities in one platform.
“That changes the way people in those communities think,” says Ross Lindman, a director of operations in Technical Solutions’ Fleet Support group. “It helps those communities look outside just the requirements of their own community and think about vehicles that can do other things beyond borders of what their requirements are.”
Rolling Covers at Ingalls Shipbuilding
HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division has introduced “rolling covers” in its shipyard, offering employees relief from the sun and rain.
“We’re transforming how we look at things, how we look at products, how we look at the build process,” says Dianna Genton, a manager of manufacturing engineering. “We’re really putting our money where our mouth is, and we’re making the investment in our future, so we are going to be the shipyard of choice for years to come.”
3D Printing at Newport News Shipbuilding
HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun manufacturing and testing parts made on a 3-D printer.
“To be part of something that’s really changing to how we do business has been excellent,” says John Ralls, one of the engineers working on the project. “If you asked me 10 years ago, would I be working on taking powderized metal and lasers to make a part in three-dimensional shapes, I don’t think I could have envisioned that at all.” Hear more from Ralls and Newport News Vice President Charles Southall in this video.
Part of HII’s 2018 leadership conference was dedicated to disruption—the concept of HII reinventing its business model. “We want to disrupt ourselves before anyone else has the chance,” HII President and CEO Mike Petters said at the conference.
HII is responding to those threats with a transformation strategy to capture efficiencies and synergies across the enterprise with specific focus on the material value stream, technology and digital strategy. The transformation effort also empowers employees across the enterprise to change their jobs for the better.
Please take a few minutes to watch a new video message with more of Petters’ thoughts on disruption and transformation.