Safran Experts, contributors to innovation

Found within the various companies of the Group, the Safran “Experts” contribute to its excellence in technology. Interview with Hervé Devred, Director of Intellectual Property for Safran and leader of the expert networks.

Today, the Group has a network of highly-skilled experts. How are they organized and what are their missions?

Found in all the companies in the Group, the 900 Safran experts form a global network with a very wide range of profiles in all of our professional sectors. These experts are divided into three levels, junior, senior and outstanding, and grouped into networks based on eleven strategic themes (see box).

The experts are in constant communication with each other, in order to maintain an optimum level of capability to respond to need. So they meet frequently to exchange experience and knowledge. In 2014, the "Experts Convention" brought together the 250 senior and outstanding experts at the Safran Campus.

The experts carry out their mission for all the company's operational activities, from design to finalization of products, as well as in audit or industrial quality, in order to resolve complex technical situations, reflect on the potential offered by new technologies, design and deliver training or else to take part in regulatory or standardization bodies, such as the BNAE (Aerospace standardization board).

 

Safran Engineering Services, part of Safran Electrical & Power, offers high technology engineering solutions in aeronautical, energy and ground transportation.

How do the experts contribute to the development of innovation in Safran?

This network, formed of international experts, acts as a booster to the development of innovation within the Group. With the breadth of their technical learning, their ability to analyze and in-depth knowledge, these experts provide us with the best available skills. For instance, when developing 3D-weave fan blades1, the networks contributed several times, coming up with original solutions for introducing this breakthrough technology to the LEAP engine.

 

In your view, what is the main strength of this network?

Its power lies in its cross-functionality: it combines harmoniously all the skills acquired by the experts from all the Group's companies. Within networks, they work together, exchanging and developing expertise, bouncing ideas off each other. Recently this multiplying strength has proved effective in areas such as additive manufacture or development of new alloys.

 

1 To strengthen parts made of composite materials, Safran developed a revolutionary technology for 3-dimensional weaving of carbon fibers, interlinked in fairly complex motifs.

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Safran's eleven expertise networks

- Data processing systems

- Anaerobic propulsion*, energy-producing materials and chemistry

- Aeronautical systems

- Physics applied to sensors

- Electronics

- Aerobic propulsion systems and their associated fuels

- Electrical, hydraulic and mechatronic engineering

- Mathematics and algorithms

- Structural mechanics

- Composite materials

- Metallic materials and procedures

 

*Submarine propulsion system that can operate for long periods without using the outside air, so that an anaerobic submarine does not have to stay on the surface or use its air tube, thus reducing its vulnerability.