DVIDS – News – Corona Lab revolutionizes material cannibalization with eCANNAB web tool

Two Navy civilians assigned to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, have developed a web-based tool that is revolutionizing the way the Navy does business.

Enter eCANNAB; a unique web-based material cannibalization management tool for type commanders (TYCOM) and shipyards. eCANNAB allows users to process, track and report maritime cannibalizations across the entire fleet.

“Before eCANNAB existed, there was no central place to find the number of cannibalizations in the navy and shipyards,” said David Drake, operations research analyst and co-creator of the tool. “We solved this problem not only by consolidating this information and putting it all in one place, but also by making it available to all members of the Navy, allowing leaders to develop solutions to correct the requisition process. of last resort.”

Gone are the days of poring over outdated spreadsheets and flipping through dog-eared pages in dusty green logbooks with no way to get a holistic view of all the hardware cannibalizations happening in the fleet. Now, the capability of the eCANNAB workflow application allows TYCOM and shipyard personnel to track, manage and route cannibalization actions in a single application.

The tool provides data in a business intelligence environment for metrics and reporting and uses NSWC Corona data sources to correct and improve historical cannibalization data. eCANNAB integrates data from type commanders (TYCOM) and shipyards, supporting automated reporting to higher echelons and decision makers.

“Cannibalization is the last resort for requisitioning any type of material; everything they would need on a ship to complete their mission,” Drake said. “It could be anything from radar, sonar and weapon components to pumps, power supplies, engine components, damage control, propulsion equipment and more.”

Cannibalized parts are mined from mothballed or active “donor” ships, in service, with cannibalization actions occurring daily. Reasons for cannibalization can include manufacturer delays, off-the-shelf parts not being available, and other supply chain challenges. Now that the Navy can track cannibalizations across the fleet and analyze trends, however, it can plan for additional parts or anticipated shortages to mitigate the impact.

“Let’s say the Navy notices that a large number of a particular submarine part is susceptible to cannibalization in eCANNAB,” Drake said. “The Navy can now track this and develop solutions to try to avoid cannibalization of this part in the future. This improves our overall readiness and ability to deploy.

The app’s built-in workflow functionality streamlines the cannibalization request and approval process for users, reduces data errors, and provides near real-time data for metrics and reporting. Data captured from workflow analytics dashboards built through Oracle Business Intelligence provide near real-time metrics and reports on current and historical cannibalization actions, all in one central location.

The developers created eCANNAB in about six months, with the initial soft launch taking place in late 2017. Since then, NSWC Corona has been working to add upgrades and new features during periodic “Spiral” releases. Spiral 2 was completed in September 2020, with fortnightly deployments throughout fiscal year 2021. The latest version, 2.3.3, was deployed on May 7.

In addition to providing visibility into fleet and corporate cannibalization, eCANNAB helps quantify the impacts on materiel readiness. It is sponsored by Fleet Commanders and used by both Fleet and System Commands, including Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Supply Systems Command as the primary tool for managing cannibalization processes and reporting. .

“I think this is the most important thing I’ve worked on as a NAVSEA employee,” Drake said. “That’s a pretty strong statement, but it will directly contribute to the readiness of Navy ships. It allows for short- and long-term solutions to material shortages.

Kevin Barrett, Fleet Assessments Branch Manager and co-creator, agrees.

“It gives the Navy the ability to capture, validate and use cannibalization data to improve fleet readiness,” Barrett said. “It starts with experiencing the shortcomings of previous processes and systems and understanding the problem you want to solve for the fleet.”

The previous cannibalization process was antiquated and depended on naval messages, spreadsheets, and emails without a centralized or easily accessible database. This has led to the inability of sailors and naval civilians to collect measurements, present accurate and complete data, and track material “refunds” from the borrower to the donor ship, limiting system control efforts. to take reactive and immediate corrective action.

“When I was on active duty I experienced the inability to use anything other than very basic record keeping for this process, so there’s no such thing as hard knocks school for you helping find a vision and then bringing that vision to life is a deliverable to help the Navy solve problems,” Barrett said.

The future of eCANNAB will include expansion for other emerging material demands like material diversions and cross-bridges. Additionally, NSWC Corona is already working to increase eCANNAB’s accessibility on more Department of Defense networks, such as Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).

“We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on how the NSWC Corona can lean forward to help make the navy five and ten times faster, and that’s a great example,” said the commander, the Captain Khary Hembree-Bey. “A great idea from a talented teammate became a game-changing fleet-wide data tool in a matter of months. It’s now completely disrupting the way the Navy has handled these transactions for many years. It’s about doing our part to help build this better-connected, more modernized fleet.We are proud of what Mr. Drake and Mr. Barrett have created to support our nation’s warfighters.

CDSN’s Corona Division has served as the independent assessment agent of the Navy since 1964. With more than 3,900 engineers, scientists and support personnel, sailors and contractors, CDSN Corona is located in Norco, Calif., with detachments in Fallbrook and Seal Beach and personnel in 14 other locations. The NAVSEA Field Activity provides transparency of combat readiness through data analysis and evaluation, designs the fleet’s constructive live virtual training environment, and ensures measurement accuracy as as a technical advisor for the Navy and Marine Corps metrology and calibration programs.

Date taken: 07.06.2021
Date posted: 07.06.2021 12:48
Story ID: 400389
Location: CORONA, CA, USA

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Esther L. Gunn