Constructor sets sail with the US Navy
On October 15th 2014, Constructor Group AS, together with Automation Integrators toured the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine USA.
During this visit, the project group met with DLA Branch Manager and Code 980 Electrical Engineering, who are responsible for equipment acquisitions at the Nuclear Submarine base. The group returned to Portsmouth to review the recently commissioned Paternoster installation and discussed future automated storage solutions, along with the Navy's first Tornado VLM order, which is scheduled to be installed later this year.
The 6 installed industrial Paternosters were the chosen model, reaching 9m high with a carrier of 4.1m wide and provided a total capacity of 44 shelves per/Paternoster. The total installation successfully achieved an impressive 352 m2 storage capacity on a 35 m2 footprint creating the much needed additional storage space which now operates within a more streamlined process.
Today, 9,000 individual parts from the submarine are easily identified with a barcode, together with a unique location that has been assigned to each part number within the Paternoster, enabling the team to recall of any part item efficiently.
As the US Navy continues to re-develop their buildings for future growth, Constructor's unique solutions will continue to make a significant impact on Navy and DLA storage operations at their base.
PNSY has three dry docks and is capable of docking all active classes of submarines including the Los Angeles, Ohio and Virginia classes. Alexandria is the third ship of the United States Navy to bear the name that is shared by the cities of both Louisiana and Virginia and the seventh "Improved" Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine.
US Navy Trusts Machines for Storage