Expleo is providing naval engineering design and innovative digital solutions to major defence primes to deliver extensive time and cost efficiencies.
With tight margins, shorter timescales and a limited resource pool, the defence market is increasingly turning to digital technology to reduce costs and accelerate project outcomes.
Expleo was tasked with securing process efficiencies for the major design element of a critical project for a large defence prime. Innovative digital solutions and a proven track record of driving value through process automation expertise were critical to their selection.
As a result of this solution, it enabled 35,000 Stage 3 production outputs to be delivered directly into the client’s operations teams and more than 40,000 hours of complex Stage 2 change requests. These skills and solutions are transferable beyond the production stages into downstream support and in-service, as well as across a range of different production projects within the secure defence arena, to achieve wider and longer-term efficiency gains.
Expleo is already delivering significant gains across the project in the form of quality improvements that reduce the need to rework faults. This is due to the higher right first time (RFT) completion rates with outputs delivered on time and above customer-set quality RFT targets of 95%.
The elimination of manual processes also enables resources to be refocused on critical design blockers or allocated to other programmes, saving the client £ 1 million. More efficient use of technical expertise also creates motivational benefits, essentially engineers are able to engineer.
Expleo continues to identify further process automation opportunities for this defence prime contractor. Repetitive, traditional and rules-based processes, high transaction volumes and issues with process adherence and/or quality within naval engineering are benefitting from the application of robotics and digitalisation.
Enabling automatic code generation and a horizontal organization for the embedded software system delivered cost-savings of around €1 million, equating to a gain of around 2,300 days, for each single feature.
Expleo developed the system so that the reusable software components are robust and easy to understand. This means junior embedded software engineers can now deliver high-quality code, freeing up senior resource to be allocated on added-value projects.
In addition to cost and lead time reduction, the reusable software components delivered quality improvements by minimizing human intervention and error.