Site news 25.03.2015
March 25, 2015, Rybinsk. - Welding process robotization and adaptation of the robotized welding complexes to a customer’s production environment were the keynote topics of the section “Integration of the part welding joint location and configuration system into a robotized complex” at the 2nd international technological forum “Innovations. Technologies. Manufacturing” held in Rybinsk.
The section was held under the auspices of the Skolkovo Robotics Center. 6 presentations were made during the section by the delegates from NPO Saturn, IRS, Siemens Industry Software, IGM-service (IGM, Austria), UEC-Gas turbines and KUKA Systems GmbH (Germany). The presentations highlighted the automation of welding production; the attendees were demonstrated some state-of-the-art robotics and robotized complex control system elements.
According to the section moderator Vyacheslav Tikhomirov, NPO Saturn deputy chief welder “introduction of robotized welding complexes into the production process allows to free up a lot of space, increase production output per time unit, improve the quality and reduce the production lead time. But, one shouldn’t get his hopes too high thinking that a welding robot would automatically make up for the quality defects linked with poor assembly or too large assembly tolerances. We had a heated discussion on that subject with our colleagues. For example, among other welding techniques NPO Saturn has really staked on argon-arc welding or tungsten inert gas welding (TIG-welding). This kind of welding requires a highly qualified operator for the job performance. Unfortunately, at the moment there is a lack of highly qualified welders. I’m convinced that the way out of this situation would be a comprehensive production automation including, among others, the use of robots.”
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.
NPO Saturn deputy chief welder Vyacheslav Tikhomirov 775 kb