Perm engine company specialists awarded ‘lean leader’ certificates by oboronprom

On March 15-17, 2012, representatives from Perm Engine Company took part in the second LEAN School at OBORONPROM Corporate University, which took place at Saturn in Rybinsk. The LEAN School, which brought together representatives from 17 companies from the United Engine Corporation and Russian Helicopters, was lead by OBORONPROM CEO Andrei Reus and Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitri Petrov.

The theme of the LEAN School was ‘Designing systems to expand lean manufacturing in the holding’s companies’ and the format was based on the goals and tasks that OBORNPROM set before the participants. The key goal was to create a unified corporate standard — a ‘road map’ for implementing lean manufacturing systems at companies where this work has not yet progressed to the active stage of the process, as well as developing recommendations for improving production and technical processes at Saturn, within the framework of implementing a program of mass production for the Russian-French SaM146 aviation engine. The organizers wanted the school to function not only in a training capacity, but also to offer up real proposals which could in future be used to improve production programs at OBORONPROM facilities.

In particular, Saturn is currently facing the task of implementing continuous mass production of the SaM146 by the end of 2012, at a level of at least eight engines per month (up to 100 engines per year), which would entail the entire company working at almost full production capacity. LEAN School participants were invited to present their own suggestions on how to meet this goal as efficiently as possible, increasing through-put capacity on the lines, as well as labor efficiency, while reducing losses.

Participants were broken down into six teams. Each team had two days to work on a detailed diagnostic of the production unit allocated by Saturn specialists, and to form a comprehensive set of practical recommendations which the team felt would help bring the unit’s work closer to ideal functioning in tangible terms. The best project was chosen in the course of the feedback discussion, based on a general questionnaire put to all LEAN School participants. One of the creators was Perm Engine Company representative Igor Berezin, Deputy Head of Technical Assembly line No. 34. Winning team members received awards from OBORONPROM Corporate University.

Summing up the results of the projects presented by the teams, OBORONPROM CEO Andrey Reus commented: “Developing ‘lean manufacturing’ is one of our corporation’s key priorities, one that we must solve to achieve a competitive edge in the market. In our companies we must create a system of production that not just meets the standards set by leading international companies, but even surpasses them.”

PRESS REVIEW March 26, 2012

The third day of the meeting, conducted as an analytical seminar, highlighted the basic principles in the corporate standard for developing production systems at UEC and Russian Helicopters facilities. The proposals from Perm Engine Company representatives were highly rated by OBORONPROM leadership and covered the whole concept of implementation of lean technology at engine and helicopter plants.

Rounding up the LEAN School, OBORONPROM Corporate University awarded ‘Corporate Lean Leader’ certificates to the heads and best specialists in implementing lean technology at corporation enterprises, noting their efficient work. Two Perm Engine Company representatives were awarded certificates: Eva Lyubimova, manager for developing production systems, and Anton Kuznetsov, deputy chief controller.

Sergei Nikiforov, director for developing production systems at Perm Engine Company:

"This LEAN School achieved the tasks set before it. In three days its participants — representatives from various companies within the corporation — managed to dig deep into how Saturn works, and come up with comprehensive suggestions on how to improve efficiency in mass production of the SaM146 aviation engine. We developed and presented to OBORONPROM leadership our suggestions on creating a unified standard for implementing lean technology across the corporation. They primarily relate to integrating processes for developing production systems and achieving strategic goals, as well as creating a reserve of policy-makers, actively using lean instruments to organize production.

The format of practical implementation of lean technology to improve production processes in specific companies, used during the school, demonstrated its effectiveness. And we should use this successful practice at the Perm Engine Company to prepare our own staff — the people who will be organizing and developing production in the nearest future.

Perm Engine Company (PMZ) mass produces aviation engines for civil and military applications, as well as industrial gas turbine units for power stations and gas transportation.

PMZ is part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM specializing in engine-building assets.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters) and engine-building (UEC).

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