With the 50-year completion of IMTEX this year, what significance does it hold for you and your company? How old is your company’s association with IMTEX?
We have been associated with IMTEX for over 10 years. IMTEX is indeed a very important show for us & a lot of planning goes into booth layout, product selection, marketing/promotional activities etc. IMTEX has been successful in getting business visitors from across India, which is why it is so popular amongst exhibitors. We look forward to yet, another successful IMTEX show.
What would be the big strategy/plan that you will be pursuing post-IMTEX in 2019, aimed at creating a big business impact?
We are inaugurating our new Pune office in February, post - IMTEX. After the Bangalore office, Pune will be a strategic fit for our ambitions to grow our business across India. This office will help us in developing the western & northern markets. We plan to have demo systems in Pune, where we can arrange a demo of our systems and benchmark customer samples. This will also serve as a training centre for our customers in the region. We anticipate good enquiries from IMTEX from this region and our new office will be geared up to translate these into valuable business.
Digitalisation has been the most talked-about topic in the manufacturing industry today. Besides digitalisation, would you like to highlight any other technology advances that will have the maximum traction in the next two years?
Bharat Stage VI engines are set to be implemented from April 2019. All the automotive OEMs are gearing up for launching these engines. This means upgradation of technology and manufacturing processes. Automotive OEMs & their supply chain will invest in technology that will help them deliver compliance with BS VI engines. And any of these new technologies will require advanced metrology to ensure parts and systems meet the design intent.
How do you assess the disruptive power of new technologies at an early stage and build a sustainable plan so as to respond to the technological disruptions, in the short-term and long-term?
Industry 4.0 is the buzzword currently, which has seen a lot of developments in the manufacturing sector. Many companies are working on gearing up their process to be Industry 4.0 compatible. They want to make sure that the part design, manufacturing process & inspection are in close loop, so the overall process develops & improves over time. We, at QVI, are also geared up to give systems and software to manufacturers, which will help them in their pursuit to achieve Industry 4.0 objectives. Incorporating advanced metrology systems into these workflows helps speed up the cycles and reduce total costs.
In your opinion, what is an industrial trend/concept/ myth which you would like to demystify within the Indian manufacturing sector?
Earlier, people used to make use of lean manufacturing techniques in order to be efficient and have experienced good success from implementing these techniques. Now there’s a feeling that Industry 4.0 will bring in sweeping changes & be a revolution in the manufacturing set-up. However, we feel that Industry 4.0 will be less of a revolution but a valuable (and welcome) evolution, making the next horizon productivity gains possible. Implementation of some of the Industry 4.0 functions will require that manufacturers disrupt their existing practices. Unless the benefits of Industry 4.0 are obvious, there may be a hesitation to take advantage of them.
Advanced manufacturing in the digital era is allowing new products with new capabilities to be produced in record time, while advanced metrology from companies like, Quality Vision International, enables these manufacturers to produce these new products, with the assurance of the highest, consistent quality.