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Hrishikesh Kulkarni

COO

Zimmer India

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ROBOTICS Several new needs have appeared for robotic applications

Sep 14, 2021

…says Hrishikesh Kulkarni, COO, Zimmer India – a part of the Zimmer Group – in this interview with Juili Eklahare. He discusses the company’s target industry sectors, how there is a big change in the Indian industry & the change in the automation technologies during the pandemic and how the total ecosystem to execute projects essentially with TOC in mind is not available in India. Excerpts…

Which are the target industry sectors for Zimmer? Which industry sectors do you think have major potential for your products?

In India, we are mainly working with automotive industries and our major applications are in machine tending, handling and assembly. Our major business focus worldwide is towards EV solutions. Plus, we are the major suppliers to auto ancillaries, such as tires, breaks, stearin, glass and many other products. Our several products go in machine tools to enhance the accuracy, capability and longevity. Apart from this, we supply the logistics and medical industry. We have also begun to supply our components to the food & beverage industry due to our food-grade products.

How do you see automation changing the face of business intelligence currently? What is the level of accuracy and efficiency achieved by your company?

Due to the pandemic, there is a big change in the Indian industry and the automation systems deployed. Nowadays, people are buying from online portals than shops and this has created a huge demand in intralogistics. We are supplying a lot of equipment for intralogistics, for example, cartons, bags, crates, shrink wraps, boxes, pails, etc, handled by robots and moved on AGVs. Besides, our End of Arm Tooling is now equipped with special sensors, cameras and innovative actuators apart from simple grippers. Due to this shift, we are also serving a lot of electric grippers and battery-operated end-effectors.

As the COO, what is the biggest challenge faced by a firm in-line with the evolution and building new products to keep up with the current market needs?

Though we have innovative and intelligent products, the total ecosystem to execute projects essentially with TOC in mind is not available in India. In India, we are still looking for low capex and are not bothered about high operating cost. If such an ecosystem exists, then our industry will catch up and look for solutions that will bring their total cost down.

Do you think the market requirements have changed during the pandemic? What is your outlook for the market demand in the near future?

The market requirements have definitely changed. After the pandemic, several new needs have appeared for robotic applications, and these will grow. We, being a part of End of Arm Tooling, will get a chance to work in various verticals and we are looking forward to it.

How are Zimmer’s new GPP/GPD5000AL grippers perfect for price-conscious customers?

Our 5000 series is the best in its type and when a cost-effective solution was requested, we brought AL series in the market. AL grippers are much more cost-effective than comparable grippers on the market and their standardised mounting options & dimensions make for ideal resistance to even the toughest environmental conditions. The 5000 series, with all of its variants, is our 24/7 solution – unlimited continuous duty with maximum system availability.

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