Site news 17.04.2015
April 17, 2015, Rybinsk. - A quality seminar focusing on the SaM146 engine program was held at NPO Saturn on 13-15 April 2015 with the participation of the specialists from NPO Saturn, Snecma, PowerJet and SCAC (Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company). The primary objectives of the joint working session consisted in maintaining the reached quality level, and being as much as possible guided by the customer’s needs and the world quality assurance standards, carrying on the continuous improvement of the production environment and interaction with the product consumers.
The seminar served as the final discussion prior to introducing uniform criteria to the SaM146 engine inspection process, whether the inspection tasks be performed in Rybinsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, or Zhukovskiy.
“We’d already had several meetings in Moscow and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and based on the results of the final seminar in Rybinsk, we’ll be able to introduce the uniform inspection criteria and release a common inspection procedure describing the sequence of actions during incoming inspection applicable to both the manufacturer and the user of the SaM146 engine/power plant, - commented Alexander Petrov, NPO Saturn deputy SaM146 program director for quality. - Working together is essential to us. All the parties are interested to the maximum to arrive at a high-quality product. Therefore, the representatives of both the manufacturer and the user of the SaM146 product are present at this seminar varying in function from quality VP’s to quality inspectors in charge of running all the inspections on the product. The criteria that we will have devised will be used specifically on the shop floor.”
Joint quality seminars dedicated to the SaM1146 engine are becoming regular. A year ago Rybinsk played host to a seminar focused on boosting the efficiency of a process of supplying parts and elaboration of uniform requirements to the quality inspection of the parts. The results of those seminars were considered positive by all the participants, and have led to a sequel.
“This is the second time we are conducting such seminars. The efficiency of the first seminar was high at Saturn, and equally, at Snecma, - says Sylvain Pommier, Snecma deputy SaM146 program director for quality. - We are here today for a teambuilding whose purpose is to organize the work with the customer in such a way that would allow to have a common understanding of the problems and enhance interaction between the parties.”
According to Pascal Durr, PowerJet quality VP: “Such seminars are very important to us. Especially to our customer - SCAC. We need to come to a single understanding, i.e. which steps of the process require improvement. That means that we need to envisage some sort of milestones, some internal quality tollgates to be able to track down the non-quality products at each stage inside our organization and ultimately find ourselves in a situation where the system no longer allows for a delivery of non-quality products to the customer. And I believe that in about 2-3 years we will be able to reach the best-in-class level. The key point in reaching that goal is close collaboration between PowerJet, Snecma, Saturn, Aircelle and SCAC.
It’s important to note that the SaM146 engine (namely its 1S17 version) was certified against the EASA and IAC AR regulations in the summer of 2010 and since then has been in revenue service for 3 years powering the SSJ100 aircraft.
Roman Zhukov, SCAC supplier support engineer: “I was given an opportunity to visit the manufacturer’s site of the engine which enables our aircraft to fly. In order to better appreciate the quality of the product, it is, of course, advisable to see how it is manufactured, and indeed I liked what I saw at Saturn.
We are quite happy to see how things are evolving, and each time we are putting a new engine onto the aircraft, we see how it is progressing in terms of quality. This is evident from the inspection sheets which we issue each time a new engine is delivered to us for inspection.”
This result was reached for the most part due to the implementation of the “Be number one” project. To be the best supplier of SCAC is the goal set by the engine manufacturers NPO Saturn and Snecma, and also by PowerJet, in charge of all the SaM146 program aspects. The “Be number one” has become a living practice since 2013. And its participants don’t plan to stop at what has already been demonstrated, knowing that any organization’s performance is considered positive as long as there are no customer claims, or if their number has been minimized.
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.
Quality seminar. At the SaM146 engine assembly shop 374 kb