Site news 22.06.2015
June 22, 2015, Rybinsk. - NPO Saturn shares its experience of creating a quality management system fully compliant with the requirements of the Russian and European regulations and rules applicable to the design, manufacturing, repair and maintenance of aircraft engines. Recently, the interest in the NPO Saturn quality management system has been demonstrated by many Russian companies. At the end of May, the company’s quality direction hosted a dedicated seminar for the delegates from the High-precision equipment holding. And from 16 to 18 June 2015 the NPO Saturn quality management system was showcased at yet another seminar to the representatives of the Perm Engine Company (PEC).
According to Sergey Antropov, NPO Saturn quality director, “NPO Saturn has institutionalized a quality management system unique in Russia. The system complies not only with the Russian airworthiness requirements but also with the European ones. It encompasses the quality requirements applicable to both commercial and military engine industry. Such symbiosis of requirements - the Russian and the European, civil and military, in the end yield a complex positive effect which becomes more and more in demand with both engine-manufacturing companies and companies from other industries.”
The guests from Perm received a three-day training course incorporating such unique quality management tools as human factor management and the configuration management and non-conformity management systems. The representatives of PEC also had a chance to get themselves familiar with the organization of project work dedicated to quality improvement through Lean, the assembled product quality assurance system and the system of managing the operating environment though the first article inspection reports (FAIR).
“All the cases demonstrated by our NPO Saturn partners are very topical to us since PEC is given the leading role in assembling the PD-14 engine which will power the prospective civilian aircraft MS-21, - shared Anton Kuznetsov, PEC quality director - chief inspector. - We came here paired in the following way: head of a workshop - head of production inspection - head of a production engineering bureau. The rules applied by Saturn and the positive experience of creating engines, their production, assembly, tests and certification accumulated in the frame of an international partnership will now be put to use in our operations.”
Particular interest of the Perm colleagues was drawn to NPO Saturn’s development in the field of human factor management. Abiding by the requirement of the European airworthiness authority, for about three years now NPO Saturn has been teaching its employees this system based on an equitable relationship system which is new to the Russian aerospace industry. Cultural changes always require time and constant effort but an important outcome of this work is the emerging increase of confidence of the employees to their company, building quite a new attitude towards their work and, consequently, increasing flight safety.
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.
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), 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.