Perm Engine Company specialists hold a lean projects competition at Engineers of the Future 2012

Perm/9.08.2012 Five young specialists from the Perm Engine Company have made successful presentations at the second annual youth in industry forum ‘Engineers of the Future’ 2012, which took place on the shores of Lake Baikal in the village of BolshoyeGoloustnoe in the Irkutsk region, gathering more than 1,500 Russian specialists, academics, graduate students, and students, from 355 industrial enterprises and more than 50 leading higher education institutions. The Perm engine builders won three top prizes and overall came 8th in the top 50 corporate rating of participating companies. The PMZ specialists were only out-done by larger delegations from bigger Russian producers, such as the Irkut Corporation, kamAZ, and Avtovaz.

One of the most significant forum events was the first inter-sector competition on lean projects, which was organized by OBORONPROM and the production department of UEC and the Sukhoi Company directorate for development of production systems. The goal of the competition was to determine the best scenarios for transforming a company in the machine-building sector using a planning approach and lean instrumentation, as well as sharing experience between enterprises in the corporation.

Overall the competition included eight companies and 16 projects, encompassing various activities, from office processes to restructuring production. The competition committee, including lean managers from the aviation and engine building sectors, ranked the projects according to their realistic application and the estimated savings achieved. They were judged in the following categories: Potential Projects, Projects with Savings, Best Innovative Project, and Best Universal Project. Great attention was paid to rating the projects’ innovation and the potential to extrapolate results (to apply them to different companies).

The Project with Savingswas named the ‘Transformation of ventilator blade manufacturing unit’ by MaksimBalashov, a head engineer at PMZ’s production development department. This project demonstrated that by reducing the size of batches in production, you can achieve reductions in unfinished production and reclaim more than 14 million rubles. Optimizing batch size from 33 to 7 pieces not only had a positive economic savings, but it also allowed the organization of rhythmic production of blades, and reduced the production cycle from 64 days to 44, increasing the rhythm of ventilator blade production.

The best universal project was another one from a PMZ production development department specialist — ‘Increasing the output capacity of the inspection section at Perm Engine Company’ (by YuliaBondarenko). Implementing this project would see unifying the processes of disassembly, inspection, and washing of the gas turbine engines into a single section, responsible for one-step disassembly and inspection. This would free up the machine assembly workshop from the disassembly and inspection functions, allowing the increase in output capacity from five to 12 units per month and reducing the production cycle of disassembly and inspection of a single engine to 10 working days.

The educational program at the Engineers of the Future 2012 forum — training specialists in strategic management — included a competition on strategic management based on the computer business simulator Global Management Challenge, which imitates the process of managing a company under conditions of global competition. The competition was organized at the request of the OBORONPROM Corporate University, by a team from the Russian Academy of the Economy and State Service under the Russian President. Thanks to strictly adhering to their initially selected strategy (lowering the cost of production by technical updating at the company), the Perm Engine Company team of engineering programmer AleksandrTsukanov and head of the technical department for blade casting Natalya Malkova won third place. Now the Perm engine builders, and other winners of the business games, can represent the company in the world management championships of the Global Management Challenge, which will include more than 50,000 people from 30 countries.

AlekseyMikhailyov, Perm Engine Company managing director:

"Today at the Perm Engine Company under the program to create the new fifth generation PD-14 engine for the MS-21 airplane, we are undergoing a large-scale reorganization of the company’s production systems, increasing efficiency. It is extremely important for us that our own young specialists lead this process — they will be responsible for implementing what we begin today, for the next 20-30 years. From this point of view, participating in the Engineers of the Future forum is a kind of indicator of their readiness for teamwork, their ability to take the initiative in the interest of the company, their ability to understand and use in practice new methods of organizing production and business processes. The high results attained by the Perm Engine Company specialists at the forum show the great potential of the PMZ team to achieve the company’s strategic goals — double-digit growth in orders by 2020.

Additional information:

The second international youth in industry forum Engineers of the Future 2012 was held on the initiative and with the support of the Russian Engineering Union, the government of the Irkust region, and the state company Russian Technologies.


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 a 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).