top of page

Monohull Lamination Redesign

One of the first assignments that I was tasked with was assisting with the redesign of the lamination of the large parts which included the hull, deck, liner, and stringers of the 33' and 36' Monohulls. The engineering department wanted to document the build process of the boats from an industrial engineering and human factors perspective to see how the build is currently being performed without interruption from supervisors or engineers. The information that I was most concerned with from my observations were the cycle times between processes in the build, the way the knitted cloth was being laid with an emphasis of breaks in the fill direction of the cloth, and the overlaps between the layers of the cloths. Before the revision, the 33' Monohull was built with a solid glass bottom to mitigate the coring process on the hull bottom to decrease the cycle times of the build to in turn produce more hulls to keep up with demand. 

After the review of the build, I drew and developed the internal lamination schedule drawings to be reviewed by engineering. Moving forward with the revision of the build of the hull, it had additional keel and chine reinforcements added, additional reinforcements on the hull sides were added, and a cored hull bottom was added for the 33' Monohull. One concern from engineering with these revisions of the monohulls was making the builds congruent with each other to ease the processes with the laminators and to make the lamination products used in the builds congruent with each other as well. Another problem that arose during this redesign were the implementations of big changes on the production floor. To help with this implementation, build process drawings were developed to show which materials were used between each cycle and their placement locations. Updated cloth trimming instructions were given to the operators who cut the cloth, and an updated identification system of these knitted cloths were implemented for the laminators to be informed on the placement locations of the reinforcements.

bottom of page