Showcasing innovation “Safran style” at the 2022 Safran Innovation Awards
Safran Innovation Day took place on October 20 at the Paris Saclay site. This annual celebration of innovation closed with the Safran Innovation Awards, an inhouse competition open to all Group employees.
“How can we join forces to build a better world? The answer lies in our ability to innovate.
We carry innovation in our genes.”
First organized in 2005, the annual Safran Innovation Awards recognize the best projects developed by employees to make the Group more competitive and more efficient. This year, no fewer than 98 entries were submitted, with 20 shortlisted finalists in six different categories.
The 2022 awards ceremony was hosted by Marjolaine Grange, Executive Vice President, Production, Purchasing and Performance.
Close-up on this year’s winners!
Low Carbon: Sustainable packaging and pallet design
Safran Seats are the winners in the low-carbon category with an innovative solution based on the use of alternative materials to replace plastic in pallets and packaging. Pallets are made from OSB (Oriented Strand Board), with wood strands arranged in cross-oriented layers, while packaging uses recycled, shredded cardboard as a replacement for plastic bubble wrap. These materials reduce our carbon footprint, while also cutting costs.
Experience in the field: Automatic activation system
Following an online vote, Group employees chose Safran Electrical & Power as the winners in the “Experience in the field” category. The winning team made the journey from Morocco to present their automatic activation system for stripping electrical cables. Replacing the former foot-activated mechanism, this innovation contributes to the workplace comfort and health of operators.
Products, Technology and Patents: Advanced design and additive manufacturing, a winning duo for an ultra-high performance heat exchanger
Safran Tech and Safran Aero Boosters were commended for their innovative heat exchanger, designed to cool aircraft engines. Made using additive manufacturing techniques, the new heat exchanger is lighter and less bulky than its conventionally manufactured counterpart, and therefore consumes less fuel.
Service category: Smart Lander
Developed by Safran Electrical & Power, Smart Lander is able to analyze hard landings, for significant savings in times and costs. Currently, aircraft can be grounded for up to ten days while the criticality of a hard landing is assessed. Based on machine learning technology, the Smart Lander service provides decision support informed by state-of-the-art data analysis in just a few minutes.
Digital Transformation: Pelico Intelligent & Collaborative MRO Operations
Safran Transmission Systems was the winner in the Digital Transformation category for its cooperation with the startup Pelico. Their intelligent data-based application improves visibility over work-in-progress and fosters collaboration. The new tool contributes to robust planning and provides recommendations to support decision-making.
Operational Excellence and Competitiveness Category: ADAPT
The winner in this category was Safran Nacelles for its new production organization, designed to streamline activities and simplify onsite workflows for a smaller carbon footprint, with no impact on deliveries.