Within the framework of the new production area at the S7 Technics base in Mineralnye Vody, floor panels and interior panels of the aircraft cabin will be produced. The area of the production area is 42 sq. meters, which will make it possible to produce from 10 to 20 products per working shift.
Aircraft panels will be manufactured from composite materials approved by aircraft manufacturers by milling on a high-precision computer numerical control (CNC) machine made by the Czech company Volter. The complex of works, starting with graphic processing (creating a 3D model of panels, preparing programs for CNC machines) and ending with certificate release for a finished product, will be performed by experienced S7 Technics specialists who have already completed the training in working with CNC equipment and programming.
The prerequisites for the creation of such a production area were plans to automate part of the work of the S7 Technics' structural repairs department.
Previously, the panels were made by hand tools by the specialists of the aircraft structural repair shop. With the addition of the site, S7 Technics has reduced the financial and time costs for panel production. For comparison, the purchase of ready-made panels from OEM companies is 20-30% more expensive, and it also takes a significant time for their delivery.
“During base maintenance checks such as C-Check, 30-80% of the aircraft cabin panels are replaced. According to redelivery check - from 60% to 90%. Our own production of panels will speed up the process of replacing them on aircraft that are undergoing maintenance, thereby reducing the TAT (turn-around-time)” said Maxim Akchurin, S7 Technics Business Development Project Manager.
With the advent of this section, those panels that were not produced before became available for production. For example, the roof panels of the luggage compartment (cargo compartment). During manual processing of workpieces, there is a high probability of their damage, due to their large dimensions, and in the conditions of the production site, such components are successfully manufacturing taking into account all technical requirements.
S7 Technics will focus on the production of panels for A320 Family aircraft, however, if stable demand in the market will formed, further modernization of production area for the manufacturing of such panels for Boeing and Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft is possible.
Until the end of 2021, the new production unit will operate under the EASA Part-145, which implies panels manufacturing for aircraft maintenance located at the provider's bases at Moscow, Novosibirsk and Mineralnye Vody. Next year, a transition to the EASA Part-21 G certificate is planned, due to which it will be possible to manufacture and sell panels with the issue of the EASA Form 1 certificate.
S7 Technics (brand name of S 7 ENGINEERING LLC) facilities are certified by EASA, Bermuda DCA, the Russian Aviation Authority, and a number of other national authorities to carry out maintenance for different types of Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft airliners.
There three heavy maintenance bases located at Moscow (DME), Novosibirsk (OVB) and Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airports and several line maintenance stations across Russia. Company holds EASA Part-145, EASA Part-147, EASA Part-21 G & J approvals as well as Bermudan, Russian and some other countries certificates. S7 Technics’ Moscow (DME) base is ISO certified under EN 9110:2016 quality system standard.
The company’s scope of work includes heavy maintenance (up to and including D-Checks), engine hospital repairs, line maintenance, structural repairs, engineering services (including modification under EASA Part 21J and interior components manufacture under EASA Part-21 G), component repairs, aircraft painting services and training services (under EASA Part-147 and Russian FAR-289).
The company aims for ongoing improvement of its products, partially supported by joint projects with OEMs.
S7 Technics (part of S7 Group) delivers its services to Russian airlines (S7 Airlines, Aeroflot Group, Air Astana and others) and to carriers from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, providing its clients with over 100 heavy maintenance forms and over 1000 light maintenance forms per year.
For more information about S7 Technics and its services, please visit: www.s7technics.ru