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Watervliet Arsenal Hits its CAPP Targets
Using IntelliCapp, a computer-aided process planning (CAPP) system developed and marketed by CimTelligence Corp., Lexington, Mass., the U.S. Army Arsenal at Watervliet, N.Y., can now create and maintain three process plans in the time it used to take to do one.
What is even more important in terms of productivity, however, is the standardization of process plans that CAPP has brought about. This has reduced tool use, training times, error rates, scrap and parts inventories. It has also freed up process planners' time to optimize processes in a way that was impossible under the old system.
Watervliet Arsenal produces tank cannons, howitzers, mortars and naval guns. Its products were fired in the War of 1812 and in every U.S. war since, including Operation Desert Storm. It has also made drive systems for ships, bomb racks and rocket motors. Two thousand employees work in 1.2 million square …