KAMAZ with new inline engine in 2017
КАМАZ (a portfolio company of Roostech State Corporation) intends to create a new inline engine by 2017 and by 2019, it will have achieved the first phase of production, turning out 12 000 units a year.
The project for creation of the new generation of KAMAZ engines was kick started in 2014 and is now at the phase of development and production process design. According to Fyodor Nazarov, Deputy Chief Engineer for Re-Engineering of the Engine Plant, all the work over the new engine can be divided into four activities. The first one is development per se; now tests of approximately 20 prototypes are underway. The second one is conclusion of contracts for supply of equipment. The third one is production process development with production at KAMAZ which does not require equipment to be purchased. The fourth one is localization of all the parts and components whose production is to be carried out in Russia.
Two important contracts have been signed for the supply of equipment: for the cylinder block head machining line and assembly line and the line for engine assembly. Pre-series design documentation has already been received. «During the first quarter, we are supposed to finalize selection of equipment vendors, by the middle of the current year, we will have concluded all the contracts for its supply, – remarks Nazarov. – In April there must be produced the first lot of cylinder block head castings». At the end of 2016, equipment under the first contracts will be delivered to the plant.
The task facing KAMAZ is to localize in the territory of the Russian Federation and the CIS countries 80% of components produced for the new engine. The principal difficulty with the project is the external influences which cannot be forecast and therefore circumvented. «In 2013, when the project got underway, many imported components were in use and there were no risks. However, in connection with the rise in the exchange rate, we revised our position and now we need to make 290 parts in Russia, – explains Nazarov. – Parallel to this, we are starting work aimed at producing parts at KAMAZ which do not require equipment to be purchased». The plants of the giant truck manufacturing concern is to launch production of raw parts and machining operations for the key engine components, namely, cylinder block head, crankshaft, flywheel housing, flywheel, intake manifold, oil crankcase, gas distribution gears and power takeoff, cylinder block front cover; assembly, test, paint and engine completion operations».
The aim of the enterprise is, by the end of the year, to obtain all the prototype components which are to be made in Russia and at KAMAZ in order to be able to build the engine using our own parts during the fourth quarter.
The year 2017 is to see the first pre-series engine becoming available.