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Russia introduces artificial intelligence to its aircraft engine production


The United Engine Corporation (UEC) of Russia’s State Corporation for Assistance to Development Rostec and Zyfra, Finnish-Russian industrial digitalisation leader, have begun testing the Zyfra Industrial Internet of Things Platform (ZIIoT) at the Salyut production unit. The system, which includes elements of artificial intelligence, will monitor the manufacture of engines, and will make it possible to simulate testing in a virtual environment. This will significantly reduce the number of real tests, increase the quality of the final product, and speed up the production process.

The pilot project is being implemented in the production of the Ai-222-25 turbojet engine, which is used in Yak-130 combat-capable trainer jet. The platform consists of several elements, including an automated data entry workspace, central information storage, and an artificial intelligence (AI) module.

A database with key detail parameters and information on previous tests are used to train the artificial intelligence. The system determines how the characteristics of the details affect the quality of the engine and builds a mathematical model of the tests. Information about the new components of the engine and conditions for assembling it is uploaded into this model, and a digital twin of the end product is created. The artificial intelligence analyses the data and predicts how successful real tests would be on an engine made of these components in the given conditions.

“The use of artificial intelligence and digital twins is a universal practice which is being actively introduced in Rostec enterprises,” Oleg Yevtushenko, executive director, Rostec, said. “These solutions make the use of labour and production facilities more efficient. The pilot project for implementing the industrial Internet of Things platform at the Salyut production unit will take one year, and based on its results, a method will be worked out for distributing this experience to other Rostec enterprises,”

UEC is introducing elements of Industry 4.0 into its production, as part of the current memorandum on cooperation with Zyfra group, signed in late 2018. “The digital platform is the only effective production tool which lets you save significantly on the enterprise’s resources,” Pavel Prieditis, director of strategic clients of Zyfra group, added. “As new technologies are introduced, the need for supporting disjointed systems, primarily manual data-entry and corrections, is removed, and unified directories and data wizards are created. The platform also helps to implement overarching scenarios for managing production, which are a cornerstone of digital strategy,”

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