The Indian manufacturing sector will go through a massive change in the coming years. With the continuous disruption in technology and the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, this sector is ready to leapfrog to the next level. Given these rapid changes, the requirements of this sector will also differ drastically. This will directly imply that companies that adapt to the changing trends would lead in the global competitive race. The manufacturing sector has witnessed some very significant evolutions over time. One such significant evolution taking place right now is Smart Manufacturing. This concept has slowly crept in due to the proliferation of disruptive technologies, smart devices and smart processes.
Keeping this in mind, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) recently organised the second edition of the Smart Manufacturing Conclave in Pune recently. The conclave discussed the topic of ‘Smart Manufacturing’ in detail and witnessed participation from imminent Indian & international experts from this field.
Changing trends in manufacturing
The one-day seminar kicked off with the first panel discussion, which was on the topic, ‘Changing trends in manufacturing—What does shopfloor of 2020 look like’. The participants of this discussion included Dr Anand Deshpande, Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, Persistent Systems; Nitin Chalke, Chairman, CII Pune Zonal Council & Managing Director, Eaton India and Sunil Mehta, General Manager—Automotive Business, Factory Automation & Industrial Division, Mitsubishi Electric India. The session was moderated by Shishir Joshipura, Chairman, CII Smart Manufacturing Conclave 2017, Immediate Past Chairman, CII Pune Zonal Council and Manging Director & Country Head, SKF India.
Speaking on the need for changing trends and improvement in the manufacturing sector in India, Mehta emphasised, “We need to have a lot of discipline on the shopfloor. Companies need to decide where the investments for upgradations have to be made. Different teams including automation, IT, etc have to work together to target concern areas.” Agreeing to this, Chalke elaborated that change is constant and that smart manufacturing is changing traditional manufacturing. “Accepting this change and staying aware and building the capabilities of smart manufacturing is important,” he added.
Speaking on the shopfloor of 2020, Deshpande shared that the practical uses of sciences will be applied in manufacturing in the future. “Manufacturing will not get restricted to factories anymore and there will be various supply chains. Customers will be willing to pay for customisation. We will have an opportunity to think differently and innovate,” he opined. Concluding the session, Joshipura summarised that a complete ecosystem change will be the journey of Industry 4.0 and those who are early adopters and willing to learn and collaborate will witness new emerging dimensions with exciting opportunities.
The second panel discussion was based on CXO’s session on ‘Digital Transformation—Converting threat to opportunity’. The participants of this discussion included Sudhir Gurtoo, Managing Director, Leadec India; Prashant Pansare, Managing Director & CEO, Inteliment Technologies India; Rajesh Devnani, VP—Global Solutions Management, Hitachi Consulting; Sunil David, Regional Director (IoT)—India & ASEAN AT&T Global and Narendra Saini, Digital Evangelist & Thought Leader—IoT/IIoT, Tata Technologies. The session was moderated by Viren Joshi, Vice-Chairman, CII Pune Zonal Council & CEO & President, Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corporation.
This session covered the subjects of business propositions in terms of competitiveness, profitability, growth and productivity. It also included insights on the imperatives for success in Industry 4.0 and the HR impact of Industry 4.0. Joshi concluded the session and spoke on what will Industry 4.0 mean for the Indian manufacturing sector and the urgent need for manufacturers to focus on smart manufacturing.
Digital factory showcase
The next panel discussion was based on the topic, ‘Digital factory showcase—Stories from early adopters of smart manufacturing in India’. This included a case study presentation by Anil Bhise, Senior Manager—Product Marketing, Mitsubishi Electric India, which was followed by a talk from Sujata Tilak, Managing Director, Ascent Intellimation, who shared valuable insights on the topic of ‘Smart Manufacturing Adoption: A Brownfield Project’.
The session also included the topic of ‘Value for life—Digitalised Wellbeing with Industry 4.0’, which was covered by Pramod Bhave, Delivery Manager, Financial Services & Industrial Internet and IoT Consultant, Tieto India and the final presentation was given by Gajanan Nabar, Chief Executive Officer, CleanMax Solar, who spoke on ‘Sustainable energy for Smart Manufacturing’. The session chairman for this discussion was Shaffic Ahamed, Co-convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel and Vice President & Country Manager—IT, Sandvik Asia.
Accelerated business growth
The subsequent panel discussion covered the subject of ‘Smart Manufacturing Ecosystem for accelerated business growth’. The panelists for this session included Sanjeev Fadnavis, President, Nitor Infotech; David Meltzer, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire; Virendra Chaudhari, Senior Solution Specialist Azure, IoT, Microsoft India; Gajanan Dhakane, Executive Director, Cotmac Electronics and Manoj Joshi, Regional Manager, Cisco Systems India. The session chairman for this panel discussion was Arvind Tilak, Immediate Past Convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel & Chief Executive Officer, Ascent Intellimation.
Achieving operational excellence
The final panel discussion of the one-day seminar was on the crucial topic of ‘Achieving operational excellence through smart manufacturing’. The participants for this session included Abhav Pendse, Co-convener, CII Pune Forum on Op-Excellence & Vice President & Head—Shindewadi Works Godrej & Boyce Mfg; Shivaprasad Kamat, Director—Strategy, Sanjeev Group; J M Tejomurthy, Deputy General Manager, Robert Bosch India and Gomtesh Ekhande, Deputy National Head—Factory Automation, Fanuc India. The session moderator was Alakesh Roy, Convenor, CII Pune Forum on Op-Excellence & Managing Director, Zamil Steel India, who summarised the panel discussion and the concluding remarks of the one-day seminar on smart manufacturing was given by Ahamed.