Sheffield specialist fastener and component maker Arnold Wragg is taking part in a Government pilot project to implement the ‘rapid acquisition of manufactured parts’ (Ramp) scheme in the Royal Navy.
This project is planned to augment the Naval Support Command’s ‘just in case’ inventories with ‘just in time’ specifying, ordering and manufacturing processes. These use CAD/CAM information transfer about the part to be made.
The navy holds a vast stock of spare parts – numbering over 700,000 items. The Support Command commissioned the project to see how far Ramp can cut the spare part inventory.
Ramp was devised by the US Defence Department in the late 1980s to overcome problems in finding nearly obsolete parts that were in short supply.