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Electronic data interchange for the European maritime industry

Objective



The shipbuilding industry is characterised by the complexity of its products, concurrent processes and a large number of external companies taking part in the manufacturing process. Enabling these companies toward more efficient cooperation is one of the major challenges for the European shipbuilding industry, by reducing costs to gain a competitive edge against the low wage countries. One possibility of overcoming the cost barrier is the outsourcing of parts of the product development and production tasks. This in turn increases communication and organisational costs. IT and newly designed business processes are the enabling means to overcome this approach of outsourcing.

Shipyards to date are experiencing difficulties in developing and introducing special branch standards and constraining suppliers to use such standards because of the heterogeneous supplier structure. The standardisation problem can however be solved by means of an internationally accepted standard. This is the EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport, ISO 9735) for commercial data. This standard defines a significant number of messages for different applications (e.g. order, delivery, inquiry etc.) which reduces the communication overhead for the information exchange between companies. EDIMAR will focus on the commercial and design-refinement business chains of the shipbuilding process.

In shipbuilding, even major supply products are not standard off-the-shelf products. Therefore many products 'made-to-order' require a highly intensive data-exchange between shipyard and supplier. The international standard to support the exchange of product data for manufacturing, STEP, (Standard for Exchange of Product Model Data) will be extended by EDIMAR for exchange of engineering data.

EDIMAR aims to integrate product, process and business data for relevant business chains in shipbuilding. The development of electronic data interchange (EDI), standard interfaces and inter-organisational work flow methods will lead to a complete electronic working environment with the following business objectives:
- reduction of cost of ship construction
- reduction of time to market and lead time for European shipbuilding
- enhanced inter-organisational cooperation in ship production
- development of work flow methods which include data management throughout the interorganisational information exchange process
- improved quality of data exchanged between industries

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Address
Werftstr. 112-114
24124 Kiel
Germany

Participants (10)

ALSTOM - CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE S.A.
France
Address
Avenue Kléber 25
75116 Paris
Angewandte Computertechnik Für Informationssysteme In Berlin
Germany
Address
Kurfuerstendamm 65
10707 Berlin
Astilleros Espanoles
Spain
Address
Ochandiano 14-16
28023 El Plantio
BALANCE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
Address
Contrescarpe 33
Bremen
Bremer Institut fuer Betriebstechnik und Angewandte Arbeitswissenschaft
Germany
Address
Hochschulring 20
28359 Bremen
Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani
Italy
Address
Via Genova 1
34121 Trieste
Inexa Profil
Sweden
Address
Svärtovägen 1
97128 Lulea
Kockums Computer Systems
Sweden
Address
St. Varvsgaten 1
20215 Malmo
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
United Kingdom
Address
Fenchurch Street 21
EC3M 4BS London
Mac Gregor (Fin)
Finland
Address
Hallimestarinkatu 6
20780 Kaarina