Site news 13.02.2015
February 13, 2015, Rybinsk. - A special status of a design engineer’s profession and the importance of continuity between generations in such a high-tech industry as aircraft engine manufacturing were the highlights in a series of events hosted by NPO Saturn in Rybinsk on 12 February 2015.
On the premises of the P.A. Solovev Rybinsk State Aviation Technological University (RGATU) and of the Rybinsk state historical-architectural and art reserve museum, NPO Saturn presented the third installment of its grand publishing project entitled “Saturn. The link between generations” dedicated to the past and present of the Rybinsk design engineering school. The documentary has encompassed the articles submitted by the different generations of the engine manufacturers, their viewpoints and opinions, as well as the stories about the design bureau from each respective period.
The presentation was attended by the acting mayor of Rybinsk Leonid Mozheiko, the management of NPO Saturn, representatives of the Rybinsk department of education, the Russian aviation higher-learning institutions (RGATU, MAI, SGAU, SPBGPU), municipal libraries, school principals, NPO Saturn’s partners from Snecma of France and from the Alliance Française Rybinsk cultural-linguistic center, and also by the book’s authors and the young generation of engine designers - RGATU students.
The event was enriched by a live performance of the winners of numerous Russian and international festivals and competitions, the young talents representing the artistic union of the children’s and teenagers’ choirs of the city of Rybinsk - The Sokolyata conducted by Sergey Shesterikov, art director and president of the Sokolyata union, the winner of the Vladislav Sokolov award and the Russian performing arts fund award.
According to Ilya Fedorov, NPO Saturn chief executive officer: “The history of the Rybinsk design bureau, made up of people’s destinies and the aircraft engines they created, intertwined with all the highs and lows of their careers, the search for solutions and unexpected turns, has added a glorious page to the history of the Russian aviation design engineering. I’d say that to date the Rybinsk design bureau is the strongest in Russia, and I say that not only as the CEO of NPO Saturn. The Rybinsk design engineers weren’t always lucky with materializing their design ideas in manufacturing, however the R&D reserve the company has generated so far is such that it will be sufficient for many years to come. We can do nothing but admire the people who have produced this book using PC’s and those who wrote it with their lives. Such publication is a big event for the citizens of Rybinsk. But most of all I wish to see this book in the hands of young people.”
The general designer of NPO Saturn Yuriy Shmotin underscored that “the Rybinsk design school integrates the experience, knowledge and traditions of many Russian design engineering schools. The destinies of the Rybinsk design engineers united the design schools of the Perm design bureau Aviadvigatel, the Samara design bureau, the A.M. Lyulka design bureau, as well as the Omsk design bureau. The idea of ensuring continuity between generations is probably the most essential aspect in the work of our team. Without the traditions and experience existing until today and without one’s own initiatives and innovations, it is impossible to create any added value in our high-tech domain.”
Vladimir Zrelov, doctor of technical sciences, director of the aviation engine center, professor of the Samara-based S.P. Korolev state aerospace university noted that “engine manufacturing is all about breakthrough ideas and best technologies; the most extraordinary people, the brightest minds work in this industry. History develops in a helical pattern, and we often tend to forget what was done before us by our predecessors. We ought to safeguard that legacy. Printed media published by your company above all help the young generation find themselves; help them see what was done before, absorb it and choose a way for their professional development while the experts could learn how it was done and capitalize on the experience of the best-in-class in their own developments, thus avoiding mistakes. Go for it, youngsters, one day you might become the authors of similar publications having written your own history.”
Accoding to Ivan Golenko, a 3-year student at RGATU, “nowadays being an engineer is in demand and in tune with the times. I love my profession of a design designer and the process of learning, too. When discussing new subjecst, decent ideas often come to mind, even though it is not time for us yet to put them to practice, first we need to learn more. That is why now I’m starting my part-time employment with NPO Saturn. I need to interact with the experts, adopt knowledge and receive advice from those who know how to do it.”
Today, the availability of a powerful research-and-development potential and a fundamental industrial infrastructure allow NPO Saturn to bring to fruition even the most ambitious among new design projects. The company pays particular attention to the creation of an R&D reserve for a subsequent deprival of new competitive developments which, in time, will replace the products leaving the company’s product portfolio.
An important success factor, when it comes to R&D, is the building of a well-developed work sharing in each of the scientific domains. Joint programs are being carried out including those sponsored by state educational and scientific grants. NPO Saturn announced a grant eligibility campaign for the best undergraduate and postgraduate students and doctoral candidates; school contests are also a common thing. An incentive program in the field of science and rationalization was introduced. Over the past 10 years the company has registered more than 400 patents and 200 know-how.
The NPO Saturn Research and Production Association (OJSC) is an engine-manufacturing company specialized in the design and development, production and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and commercial aviation, naval ships and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. The association is part of the Union of Russian mechanical engineers, an all-Russian public organization whereby the regional branch is headed by I. N. Fedorov, NPO Saturn CEO.
NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation (JSC) and acts as the leader of the Commercial Engines Division, a business unit of UEC founded on 09.10.2012 as a result of integration of the following companies: NPO Saturn (OJSC), Aviadvigatel (OJSC), PMZ (OJSC), Metallist-PM (CJSC), Energetik-PM (OJSC), REMOS-PM (CJSC), Motoservis-PM (CJSC) and Zheleznodorozhnik-PM (CJSC).
United Engine Corporation (JSC) (a Rostec State Corporation company) is an integrated organization specialized in the design and development, serial production and after-market support of the engines for military and commercial aviation, space programs, the Navy, as well as for the oil and gas industry and power generation. One of UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing new technologies meeting the world-class standards. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 158.9 billion.
The Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing and export of high-technology industrial products of military and commercial application. Today it comprises over 700 companies, which form 9 defense-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings as well as 22 direct control companies. The Rostec portfolio includes such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and deliver their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. Total taxation exceeded RUB 138 billion.
At the presentation. NPO Saturn CEO Ilya Fedorov (to the right) and NPO Saturn general designer Yuriy Shmotin 581 kb