The Fleet Readiness Center East at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has received authorization to operate its manufacturing Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Network that works to support the fleet’s manufacturing activities.
The manufacturing network consists of systems from the industrial execution and quality assurance departments and provides connectivity between separate workstations, equipment and computing resources, the Naval Air Systems Command said Thursday.
“The network was necessary to increase efficiency in data utilization, and for functionality and high-end requirements in engineering and manufacturing,” said Angela Padgett, head of the advanced technology integrated product team.
RDTE Net features an in-service support center, a finite element analysis lab and structural modeling simulation lab and serves to support U.S. Navy initiatives on model-based definition, configuration management and the Navy aviation enterprise digital thread.
Russell Padgett, NAVAIR systems engineering department head, added the network will act as a foundation for the implementation of a team center data management environment in fiscal 2016 to 2017 and the corresponding organizational development and process implementation.
NAVAIR said the advanced technology IPT has worked on RDTE Net since 2013 and is working with the U.S. Air Force to study the model-based definition process as the service branch continues to study the RDTE Net configuration.