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MS-21 aircraft: Russia accelerates PD-14 engine production

A digital factory will increase the chain's efficiency by over 15%

The United Engine Corporation (UEC, part of Rostec, a Russian State-owned conglomerate specializing in consolidation in strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and advanced technology sectors) intends to create a unified digital environment for the production of components for aircraft engines PD-14, which will accelerate the assembly process. Digitization will increase the production efficiency of these engines by over 15%. The main element of the process will be the planning and accounting system for the production phases, which will use the bar code of the accompanying documents the individual parts in the assembly phase. The system will optimize production times, reduce waste, accelerate the production and commercial cycle. The completion of the project, which under part of the industrial digitization program will benefit in part from the financing of the Development Fund for the national industry, is expected by the end of 2021.

The PD-14 engine received the type certificate from the Federal Agency for Russian air transport in 2018, and is the result of collaboration between the UEC companies; it will equip the Irkut MS-21 (or MC-21), short-range, medium-range narrow-body, twin-jet, low-wing plane, being developed and produced by Russian aeronautical companies Irkut and Yakovlev, part of the United Aircraft Corporation, UAC.

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