Saturn holds the second LEAN School, organized by OBORONPROM

March 20, 2012, Rybinsk — The second LEAN School organized by OBORONPROM Corporate University was held March 15-17, 2012, at Saturn.

About 80 representatives from 17 companies from United Engine Corporation and Russian Helicopters, lead by OBORONPROM CEO Andrey Reus and Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitri Petrov, worked for three days on the theme ‘Designing systems to expand lean manufacturing in the holding’s companies’.

In his welcome address, Managing Director of Saturn Ilya Fedorov noted that implementing lean technology is a ‘long-distance race’ and that although the company has been working on implementing lean manufacturing for two and a half years, with the support of French partners, there is still a lot to do. According to Ilya Fedorov, the lean transformation is not possible without participation from the company’s highest managers, because all new changes ‘require strict measure and a great deal of support’. The Head of Saturn wished all participants good luck in solving the practical tasks set before them, which within the framework of the LEAN School were all centered around the SaM146 engine program.

The LEAN School was organized as a workshop, to solve both practical and theoretical tasks on implementing the company’s SaM146 engine production program. As part of the SaM146 engine production program, Saturn is currently facing the serious job of increasing mass production of the SaM146 from two-three units per month at present, up to eight per month by the end of 2012. To solve the practical task of increasing SaM146 production output, participants looked at six sections, ‘tight spots’ which are currently holding up the potential for further expansion of the production program.

All LEAN School participants were broken out into six teams, each of which over the course of two days worked on solving the practical task of increasing production capacity of a given production section. In the opinion of the representative from Saturn’s production development service, “an outside perspective gives us the chance to discover unusual solutions to the problems we face.” This sums up Saturn’s reasons for running such events.

The team which best met the goals and methodology of the project as chosen through a general questionnaire put to all LEAN School participants was awarded prizes by the OBORONPROM Corporate University.

The hard and rewarding work by all LEAN School participants demonstrated the value of this form of training, and lead to a LEAN School motto: “learning together by doing”.

OBORONPROM CEO Andrey Reus took part in the general discussion evaluating the projects presented by the different teams. “The development of lean manufacturing is one of our corporation’s key priorities, one we must solve in order to compete with market leaders. In our companies we must create a form of organization equal of leading international companies.”

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. Rounding up the LEAN School, OBORONPROM Corporate University awarded five ‘Corporate Lean Leader’ certificates, to Vladimir Chelpanov (Chernyshev MMB), Valery Teplov and Sergei Inukov (UMPO), Sergei Nikiforov (PMZ), and Pavel Fetisov (Saturn). The certificates noted their efficient work on reorganizing company production systems based on lean manufacturing principles.

NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in the development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. Saturn is a part of the United Engine Corporation, itself a subsidiary of OBORONPROM, specializing in managing engine-building assets.

United Industrial Corporation OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group founded in 2002. It is a part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary areas of business include helicopters (Russian Helicopters), engine-building (UEC), and other assets.

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