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Site news 19.04.2012

In the period of 10 - 13 April 2012 NPO Saturn OJSC played host to a working visit of Bruno Millier, a representative of the Snecma Lean directorate, having the title of a Lean Master Black Belt and currently working as the head coach of the new Black Belts in the Industrial Division of Snecma.
In order to eye-witness the main issues related to the production process and render the necessary counsel on solving them based on many years of experience of implementing disruptive Lean-projects in the companies within the Safran Group, Mr. Millier visited the main production facilities of NPO Saturn, i.e. workshops 12, 34, 49 and 35 and also VolgAero CJSC. A meeting with Victor Polyakov, NPO Saturn director of production took place. Bruno Millier gave a custom-made training to the NPO Saturn audience including the managers of workshops 12, 35 and 49 on the subject of ‘Performance management’ allowing to better understand and structure the constraints emerging on a daily basis in the production processes in order to solve them in the most effective and quick manner directly on the shop floor.
As a result of the hands-on training, the participants laid down the key principles of the effective Lean Leadership that will help NPO Saturn eventually transform into a high-performance industrial enterprise:
- do only what creates value;
- go down to the shop floor and see the problem with your own eyes;
- execute transparent and unambiguous definition of objectives;
- work in accordance with the principle: ‘one team, one objective, one standard’;
- emotionally incite your project team members;
- build work teams and respect their members.
Bruno Millier placed specific emphasis on the urgency of relocating daily performance reviews from the managers’ offices to the shop floor – the place where value is created in any industrial company. Mr. Millier presented vivid examples of how this issue was tackled and overcome at Snecma that had allowed to bring the company to a completely different level of operating performance while getting rid of a great volume of operating waste.
The results of the four-day visit were reviewed in the course of an interactive session during which it was noted that each attendee had had a unique chance to receive some valuable information aimed at creating in the company a common spirit of Lean Leadership and continuous improvement of the value-added process operations.
Research and production association Saturn OJSC – an engine-building company specialized in design, manufacture and aftermarket support of gas-turbine engines for military and civil aviation, power-generation and gas-pumping installations, the Navy boats and commercial ships. NPO Saturn OJSC is part of United engine corporation – a 100% subsidiary of the united industrial company OBORONPROM OJSC with the objective of engine-building asset management.
United industrial company OBORONPROM OJSC – a multi-field machine-building group of companies founded in 2002. It is part of GK Russian technologies. Its main fields of business: helicopter building (Helicopters of Russia OJSC), engine building (MC ODK) and other assets.
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