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Transforming naval engineering in defence with digital solutions 

Discover how Expleo’s innovative digital solutions and process automation expertise are driving efficiency and cost savings in naval engineering projects. 

The challenge in the defence industry

With tight margins, shorter timescales and a limited resource pool, the defence market is increasingly pivoting towards digital technology. This strategic shift is crucial for reducing costs and expediting project outcomes.  

Expleo's Strategic Approach

Our mission was clear, to enhance process efficiencies in a significant design project for a leading defence prime. The selection criteria hinged on innovative digital solutions and a proven track record in process automation. 

Process automation is essential for unlocking substantial cost savings and operational efficiencies, here’s what we did: 

  • Implemented Robotic Process Automation (RPA): This reduced time-consuming, repetitive tasks by 30%, freeing up engineering time. 
  • Project management tools: Utilised SQCDP, Power BI, and LeanKit for enhanced task optimisation and data analysis. A digitised Kanban enabled real-time progress monitoring on the production floor. 
  • Centralised dashboard: A one-stop solution for data and project management, elevating project visibility. 

Outcome and Impact

Over 40,000 hours saved in stage 2 requests: Demonstrating the scalability and transferability of our solutions across various production projects. 

35,000 Stage 3 production outputs delivered: With direct integration into our client’s operation teams. 

Cost savings: £1 million saved through the elimination of manual processes. 

Quality improvements: Reduction in rework due to higher first-time right (RFT) completion rates. 

Enhanced resource utilisation: Enabled a focus on critical design aspects and other programmes. 

Continued innovation: Ongoing identification of process automation opportunities in naval engineering. 

Why Expleo stands apart

We continue to pioneer in applying robotics and digitalisation to traditional, repetitive, and rule-based processes in naval engineering. Our approach has not only yielded substantial financial gains but also fostered a more efficient, error-free, and innovative working environment. 

... you can move

at the speed of digital.