Working with Safran Aircraft Engines
Three basic values
The quality of our supplier relations is a key to the competitiveness of Safran Aircraft Engines, which depends on the service quality delivered by our suppliers. We aim for long-term relations, and in fact many of our suppliers have worked with us for decades. To ensure a healthy, sustainable and effective relationship, we have defined three fundamental values.
Given the long-term industrial context, it is essential to share the same vision and establish a relationship of mutual trust.
The life of an engine program and its business aspects are a constant fight against competitors. The different stakeholders must respect each other to ensure a sustainable relationship.
- Competitiveness: Safran Aircraft Engines works with only the best to make the highest performance engines in the world. By "best", we mean not only daily, sustainable performance, but also mental strength and determination.
A Supplier Relations label
On June 2, 2014, the French Ministry of Productive Development awarded Safran the Responsible Supplier Relations label concerning production purchasing for the engines made by Safran Aircraft Engines. This label clearly shows that Safran Aircraft Engines develops a balanced, long-term relationship with its suppliers.
Purchasing general terms and conditions
How to become a supplier to Safran Aircraft Engines
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To meet the expectations of our customers worldwide (aircraft manufacturers and airlines), Safran Aircraft Engines deploys a strategy of top-flight quality and excellence, also applied to our suppliers, who must make a full-fledged commitment to meeting the defined objectives.
Suppliers are responsible for their quality performance every step of the way.
During the development phase, they must oversee robust production engineering.
During the production phase, whether for new equipment or repairs, they have to measure their performance and undertake the improvements needed to meet performance expectations.
Safran Aircraft Engines supports the implementation of improvement actions at its suppliers to achieve industrial excellence.
Safran Aircraft Engines' Supplier Quality Assurance departments and Supplier Performance Managers therefore ensure that all relevant methods, processes and tools are known and applied by suppliers to meet these goals. Safran Aircraft Engines measures and objectively analyzes the quality results achieved by its suppliers, addresses major risks and, if needed, helps set up improvement measures.
During the development phase
Safran Aircrat Engines sets up a supplier relations process with defined milestones (SPI, or production engineering coordination standard), and/or SAFe (SAFran requirements, part B).
New suppliers are certified to verify their ability to meet Safran's requirements. Safran certification is recognized and shared by Group companies. It is based on:
- EN9100 certification
- Compliance with Safran requirements (SAFe)
- Accreditations (Nadcap, etc.)
- Maturity evaluation according to the Supplier Selection and Capability Assessment method (SSCAM), according to the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)
Suppliers are chosen according to the results of their certification audits and/or past performance.
Suppliers participate in the design phase to guarantee a manufacturable design. The product's key characteristics are identified using a product FMECA (failure mode, effects and criticality analysis).
During the production engineering phase, suppliers have to implement a robust production process. The key process characteristics are identified using the FMECA method. An inspection plan is used to check compliance with Safran Aircraft Engines' requirements.
Suppliers must then demonstrate the capability of their production engineering process by showing control over their scrap rates, waiver rates and key characteristics, and the ability to produce at a defined rate. They will regularly send quantitative proof of these capabilities to Safran Aircraft Engines.
During the production phase
Safran Aircraft Engines continues to assess supplier risks and is drawing up a monitoring plan to be reviewed periodically.
This plan covers both logistics and quality aspects. It is conducted by Safran Aircraft Engines' Supplier Performance Managers and Supplier Quality Assurance Managers.
Milestones in the supplier relationship throughout the year include:
- Annual performance review, which reviews results, sets objectives and provides a framework for a jointly defined action and improvement plan for the upcoming period.
- The scorecard, which provides monthly measurements of the supplier's logistics and quality performance.
- On request from Safran Aircraft Engines, Top Management Performance Reviews (TM-SPM-R) may be set up to control performance shortfalls.
Improving along with suppliers
Towards simplified requirement guidelines
Safran Aircraft Engines and Safran are committed to an initiative that aims to simplify requirements:
- SAFe V2 was implemented in October 2015 as the new supplier requirement guidelines. It reduces the number of requirements and clarifies them, and is based on international standards.
- Along with IAQG, Safran Aircraft Engines is an active participant in AESQ, which aims to standardize supplier requirements in the engine-maker community. One upshot of this effort is the coordinated deployment of AS13xxx standards.
Problem Solving Requirements for Suppliers
Supplier Self Release Training Requirements
Requirements for Developing and Qualifying Alternate Inspection Frequency Plans
Measurement Systems Analysis Requirements for the Aero Engine Supply Chain
Process Risk Identification, Prevention & Mitigation - AMDEC / PFMEA
Training programs to move forward
Safran Aircraft Engines focuses on moving staff up the skills chain by offering training programs in the following areas:
Delegated Product Release Verification (DPRV) managers
- DPRV managers are Safran Aircraft Engines' representatives at suppliers, in charge of releasing articles prior to delivery (formerly SARA).
- The DPRV certification training course is provided by a single body, SAE International; it's a three-day session, which must be paid for. It is recognized by all engine-makers (as per AS13001).
- SAE website
Managers at Safran Aircraft Engines suppliers (quality, customer/prod. project managers) are offered a one-day Managers training, which seeks to explain what Safran Aircraft Engines expects from an operational standpoint.
Both new suppliers, and suppliers on the LEAP and Silvercrest programs are strongly encouraged to take this training.
A joint improvement initiative
Based on a maturity evaluation and risk analysis, Safran Aircraft Engines offers to help suppliers deploy various improvement actions, including the following:
- Customer viewpoint (Snecma and airframers)
- Human factors
- QRQC (Quick Response Quality Control)
- Lean/Sigma projects
- Quality waivers
- Statistical sampling at the source.