Representatives from Nuclear Energy State Corporation Rosatom visit NPO Saturn

Representatives from Nuclear Energy State Corporation Rosatom visit NPO Saturn

On August 22, 2013 representatives from the State Nuclear Energy State Corporation Rosatom visited NPO Saturn. The goal of the visit was to study the experience of implementing ‘lean production’ at NPO Saturn and to share the best practice in the areas of production systems development.

Greeting the guests, Ilya Fedorov, NPO Saturn Managing Director said, “in developing production systems there is the same basic principle of making money. The most important thing in building strategic tasks is not to develop the company according to the principles of running a natural system. In connection therewith we have broken up the production process into ideological areas. And we are striving for maximum development of sub divisions, which will be able to make real money, for example machining, casting, and others. The rest must be outsourced, and not necessarily in Russia.

To develop production systems, we adopted lean production, or lean technologies aimed at using our minds, to constantly improve the organization of production thereby increasing its efficiency. I can state with certainty that a huge part of the success of Saturn’s lean production development is due to Snecma, our partner in the SaM146 program.

Over nearly four years of developing lean production at Saturn, we have done a lot. These years have showed us that, first of all, you must do lean all the time, and not only in mass production. And second, in order to get results you must ensure that the head of the company is involved.”

In wishing the participants of the lean meeting a productive time, Ilya Fedorov also emphasized the common interests between aviation engine builders and nuclear power workers in the development of the country’s scientific potential: “I always say, and I will repeat again, that just two branches of industry will determine the development of any state — and this is nuclear power, both military and civil, and gas engine building. Both of these branches move technology forward.”

In the course of the one-day visit, the guests visited NPO Saturn production and design departments, and got to know the use of lean production tools such as the 5S system, stop-anomaly, visual management, and efficiency management, and were able to rate the differences in implementing lean technology in production and in the office.

According to Ilya Pautov, Deputy Managing Director of Production Systems Development at NPO Saturn, based on the past year’s results NPO Saturn has joined the top four UEC companies in development of lean technologies.

“Since we began implementing lean production at NPO Saturn, we have been through the methods of developing lean projects, and the methods of using lean tools, strengthening the use of the tools on assembly lines, training people, giving them ‘black belt’ knowledge and sending them back to the factory floor,” said Ilya Pautov. “Today we have reached the highest step of the development pyramid of lean production — developing and implementing the ideology and principles of production systems which the company will translate to personnel for them to use in 2013-2014.”

NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in 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 Managing Company JSC United Engine Corporation.

Managing Company JSC United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85 % of the leading companies specializing in development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UEC’s priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards

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

Rostech is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to facilitate development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military applications. Altogether, Russian Technologies encompasses 663 organizations. The corporation includes 17 holdings, 12 of which are in the military-industrial complex, and five — in civilian industry. The corporation works in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supplies products to more than 70 countries around the world. It employs over 900,000 people, or about 2 % of Russian labour force. Its 2011 net profit was 45.6 billion rubles, and it paid a total of 100 billion rubles in taxes at all levels. Its 2011 turnover was 45.6 billion rubles. It paid a total of 100 billion rubles in taxes at all levels.