Motor Sich JSC - Zaporozhye
Transforming outdated equipment into valuable assets with Hexagon Metrology

Transforming outdated equipment into valuable assets with Hexagon Metrology

When the world’s longest and heaviest plane – the Antonov An-225 “Mriya” – made its first flight in 1988, it was a historic moment for Ukrainian company Motor Sich, the manufacturer of the six Progress D-18T engines that propelled this mammoth aircraft skywards. But in the aviation industry, nobody can afford to stand still; the development of new technologies is the key to long-term success.

Longevity is something that Motor Sich knows more than a little about, with its history extending back over a hundred years. Founded in 1907, this innovative business has become one of the world’s largest suppliers of engines for aeroplanes and helicopters, as well as industrial gas turbine installations, creating many revolutionary systems and unique designs in its long history.

Research supported by quality

Engineering feats like the “Mriya” do not come without deep understanding of the research and development process, including the utilisation of the latest technology and equipment to reinforce the knowledge and creativity of the development teams. The Motor Sich corporation is comprised of several large plants, with the main manufacturing facilities and headquarters of the company located in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. It employs more than 25 000 employees. The main site is the manufacturing hub, producing the engine units, industrial gas turbine installations and a variety of other products. The central measurement laboratory, where metrology engineers inspect prototype parts like turbine blades, is also located here. On the second site there is a precision casting foundry and an experimental laboratory, where installations are tested before delivery to customers.

Due to the product specification, quality control is the one of the integral aspects of the production process. That is why the group management, led by company president Mr. V. Boguslaev, is always keeping an eye on the latest world trends and technologies in the field of industrial
metrology. Every new item is checked for compliance with construction documentation and inspected against a CAD model. The goal is to improve their evolution from experimental to production parts and make certain that the end products perform as intended. Ultimately, these processes determine the functional quality and service life of the aeroplane and helicopter engines. Working to typical tolerances of between 12 μm and 15 μm and sometimes with fragile materials used in blade manufacturing, having the best technology available to measure the prototypes is vital. So in 2010, when Motor Sich began to plan a new generation of aeroplane and helicopter engines, the team cast a critical eye over their own facilities in Zaporozhye. And this is where Hexagon Metrology joins the story...

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