A $lS5.4-miIlion contract for c o n s t r u c t i o n of three FFG-7 class guided-missile frigates was awarded by the U.S. Navy recently to Bath Iron Works Corporation, a Congoleum company. The

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The J . J . Henry Co., Inc., New York City, has signed an agreement with Cali & Associates of New Orleans to provide a new and unique service for the shipbuilding industry.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Henry firm will utilize Cali's proprietary "SPADES" system of computer programs in the preliminary, contract, and detail design stages to provide complete naval architectural services including lines fairing. When using the system, Henry will have the further capability of generating a structural data base that will allow Cali & Associates, or a compatible shipyard, to produce all software necessary for N/C lofting operations.

The SPADES system is the creation of Filippo Cali, a pioneer in the development of innovative computer a p p l i c a t i o n s for the shipbuilding industry. It consists of a number of different program modules for various applications such as hull fairing and lofting, naval a r c h i t e c t u r e calculations generation of engineering drawings and production parts for N7C drafting and cutting, N/C nesting, and numerous assembly and manufacturing aids.

J . J . Henry is installing the necessary hardware and communications equipment in its Moorestown, N.J. office to provide a direct link with Cali's computer in New Orleans. Once established, this unique arrangement will allow data input from Moorestown to be fed directly into Cali's computer, have it processed by the SPADES program, and the results used to drive the plotter and other graphics in Moorestown, which provides construction drawings for a large segment of the shipbuilding industry.

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