There have been year-long activities from CII around developing and nurturing smart manufacturing in India. In fact, the industry association, at the beginning of 2015, had published a discussion paper on ‘Smart Manufacturing – Leveraging technologies for greater productivity’. Under the same initiative, CII conducted a pan India survey on smart manufacturing. With this in the backdrop, CII recently organised the Smart Manufacturing Conclave at Pune, where they released the survey report.
The one-day event started with an inaugural address from Dr Arvind Tilak, Co-Chairman, CII Smart Manufacturing Conclave 2016, Immediate Past Convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel & Chief Executive Officer, Ascent Intellimation. “At the inception of this initiative, we released the discussion paper on smart manufacturing, whose objective was to educate the industry about the concept of smart manufacturing. We, then, conducted a pan India survey on smart manufacturing in two phases.
With a footfall of 200+, the one-day forum was divided into four sessions. Dilip Sawhney, Member of the CII Manufacturing Council and Managing Director – India, Rockwell Automation, delivered a theme address revolving around the keys to a successful connected enterprise. “In today’s digitally driven era, it has become an absolute necessity to incorporate a successful connected enterprise. “To achieve the same, it is important to build a collaborative team, ensure reliability & security and modernise ourselves for a digital world.”
Then, Parag Satpute, Managing Director & Country Manager, Sandvik Asia, spoke on ways to leverage a smart revolution. “Digitalisation is known by names—IoT, smart manufacturing, digital revolution, etc. As a customer, technology has the potential to bring a revolution. As far as business customers are concerned, it needs to be worked upon to how can it enhance the core business strategies. Therefore, it is a fundamental change. We need to be focused and careful about it, otherwise, we might burn down the resources,” he said.
Decoding the changing dynamics of the manufacturing dice on shopfloors was Shishir Joshipura, Chairman, CII Smart Manufacturing Conclave 2016, Chairman, CII Pune Zonal Council and Managing Director, SKF. In his address, he shared, “We need to get used to the huge level of data management as the entire business model is changing. There is a lot of information explosion and it seems that jobs will soon change its definition with the changing evolution of technology. We believe that a combination of product and data provides a world of new possibilities.”
A vote of thanks was delivered by Narendra Barhate Convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel and Managing Director & CEO, Seed Infotech Ltd.
Aligning business with smart manufacturing
The first plenary session began with a discussion on ‘Business propositions delivered with smart manufacturing’, where there were discussions on the linkage of growth and operational excellence giving rise to smart manufacturing. The session was moderated by Dr Tilak, who opined that smart manufacturing enables predictive maintenance. The panelists for the discussion were Amar Kaul, Managing Director, Compression Technologies and Services, Ingersoll Rand; Rahul Shandilya, Senior Vice President—IT and Analytics, Mahindra & Mahindra Automotive and Farm Equipment Sectors; Yuvaraj Dayanand, Vice President, Sandvik Mining And Rock Technology (SMART) and Pallavi Srinivasa, Asia Pac Head—Product Management, Cisco Systems. Also, an interesting case study was presented on the machining and production at Chitale Bandhu by Indraneel Chitale, Partner, Chitale Bandhu.
The next plenary session was on ‘Smart manufacturing – What’s on the horizon?’, moderated by Shaffic Ahamed, Co-convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel and Vice President & Country Manager—IT, Sandvik Asia, that discussed the growing importance of digitilisation and how challenges like connectivity and interoperability should be addressed. Here, the panelists included Arun Shivaram, Director, Global Technical Centre—India, SKF; Sujata Tilak, Chairperson, ISA Pune Chapter and Managing Director, Ascent Intellimation; Sharad Nigam, Global Lead—Strategic Initiatives, Accenture Strategy – Manufacturing and Arvind Mangarsi, Business Head—Products & Projects, B&R Industrial Automation.
Manufacturing becoming smarter
Following this was a session on ‘Adding smartness to manufacturing – Adoption and scaling’, which witnessed the opening remarks by Ganapathiraman G, Vice President & GM—India and South East, ARC Advisory Group. Next, Vineet Saxena, General Manager—Information, Safety and Strategic Pursuits, Rockwell Automation India, spoke on ‘Applications of smart manufacturing’ and Krishna Ramaswami, Senior Vice President & Global Head — Digital Enterprise Services, Zensar Technologies, briefed about ‘Life cycle of smart manufacturing’.
Also, a case study was presented by Hemant Kank, Managing Director, Yeshshree Press Comps. This was succeeded by an address on ‘Smart manufacturing snap-shot of Indian enterprises—Survey findings,’ by Neelam Singh, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group.
The last session of the day was on the ‘Ecosystem of smart manufacturing’, wherein Prashant Phatak, Chief Executive Officer, Valency Networks, spoke on ‘Information security aspect of smart manufacturing; Sourabh Sharma, Vice President—Enterprise, Tata Teleservices, on ‘Role of telecom in smart manufacturing’; Gunjan Sachdev, National Business Head & Senior General Manager, Panasonic India, on ‘Rugged devices for factory automation’; Dr Rahul Walawalkar, President & Managing Director, Customised Energy Solutions India, on ‘Smart energy for smart manufacturing’.
The concluding remarks were delivered by Nitin Chalke, Vice-Chairman, CII Pune Zonal Council & Managing Director—India, Eaton Technologies.