Rimera's Companies Intensify Intragroup Teamwork

19.02.2014



In the course of their working visit to Izhevsk the engineers from MSA – one of the oldest pipeline valve manufacturers in Europe and worldwide and Izhneftemash's Rimera Group partner – together with their Izhneftemash colleagues have laid out a several times shorter procedure to manufacture drilling tongs components.

Rimera's Companies Intensify Intragroup Teamwork

Rimera's Companies Intensify Intragroup Teamwork

MSA Executive Director Vladimir Kononov and his deputy Kamil Zhurek were on the teams formed to set up production units for fabrication and assembly of components for AKB-3М2 drilling tongs. Thanks to the help of our Czech colleagues, the preproduction engineering phase is now 4 times shorter, with 60x shorter blank transfer distance. Every fourth worker has been freed up to take care of more relevant operations. "As a result, now we can shorten order lead time for the product category from 30-60 days to just 10-20 days", says Sergey Shunin, Izhneftemash Executive Director.
The current production system development effort is not just a way to deal with the local challenges faced by Rimera Group, but also a way to share our positive experiences. "Pretty soon we plan to commission a "reference assembly unit" in the upgraded MSA workshop. Using it as an example to follow, we shall initiate further production system upgrade programs. Of course, we seek and welcome the reciprocal participation of Izhneftemash experts in all of our projects", says Vladimir Kononov, MSA Executive Director.
As cooperation with the Czech plant continues, the reduction of product costs will be the next issue to address. Right now endurance testing is being performed for a 30% less costly design of a drilling tongs component. "The use of the new design in production will yield an economic benefit of several million rubles already this year", comments Sergey Shunin.

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