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SMART MANUFACTURING Shaping the future of Smart Manufacturing

Mar 5, 2019

Keeping in mind the latest technologies, the inaugural edition of IoT India & Xelerate India 2018 Expo presented the futuristic trends in the industry through panel discussions, informative sessions and instructive seminars and offered exciting business opportunities. Featuring key speakers from major enterprises, IoT and Xelerate India offered exceptional prospects to exchange insights, collaborations and discover new synergies in areas such as, R&D and technology innovation on the floor. A post event report…

The process of optimising manufacturing has been aided with the technological development of Smart Manufacturing. With the aim to enable flexibility in manufacturing in the global market, Smart Manufacturing entails to reach the goal of optimising concept generation, production, and product transaction.

In this context, the recently-held two-day IoT India 2018 Expo commenced in Delhi in collaboration with Xelerate India—a platform to foster and bolster the potential of Indian start-up networks. The IoT India 2018 Expo drew attention to areas critical to the development and the future growth of IoT and reviewed the concerns regarding their adoption in Smart Manufacturing. The expo brought together more than 75 exhibitors from across the globe and witnessed a footfall of over 1500 visitors, who attended the inaugural session.

Alongside this exhibition, SingEx India also organised another two-day venture—an IoT India conference focusing on the theme, ‘Shaping the future of Smart Manufacturing’. Prominent speakers from renowned enterprises and businesses such as, RPG Enterprise, Rockwell, B&R, SAP, Mitsubishi, PTC, Microsoft and Tata Steel, amongst others, talked about structuring the upcoming trends of Smart Manufacturing using IoT. Additionally, a series of exciting events, including business matching, demo zone, experience zone, and networking reception were organised for the participants of the expo.

The first day of the event commenced with the inauguration ceremony and was inaugurated by the two Chief Guests—Sanjay Chavre, Senior Development Officer, Dept of Heavy Industries and Aloysius Arlando, CEO, SingEx Holdings. The opening ceremony gave way to power-packed sessions with notable speakers from distinguished enterprises.

Facilitating digitalisation

The first speaker, Ravi Agarwal, Vice President, AIA and Director, IAFSM, intrigued the audience with the topics of realtime connectivity, data analysis and TCM. The topic of his keynote address was ‘Smart Manufacturing in India and FSM’. Speaking about real-time data, he specified his preference for integrating data with the IT chains. According to Agarwal, the implementation of such advanced technology should be appropriate for the purpose that enterprises seek and aid them in the right way. Hence, “Automation, communication and flexibility are key for ‘appropriate’ implementation of Industry 4.0,” he averred.

Furthermore, he emphasised the role of MSMEs in the manufacturing sector of India, making it a point to stress on how efforts of enterprises should “percolate to MSMEs”. He also discussed the pitfalls of MSMEs, such as, access to markets, suppliers, quality bench markers and production techniques. He further observed that what the market needs the most is the ability to facilitate available resources to good use. He ended his session with a brief note on Samarth Udyog, a route planned by the Indian government to pave the way for providing impetus to the Indian manufacturing units.

Corporates and Samarth Udyog Centres

The next speaker was Sanjay Chavre, who delivered a special address as the guest of honour and proceeded to elaborate further on Samarth Udyog. For a programme which is only a year old, he informed that Samarth Udyog has four dynamic centres across India, with two in Bangalore, one in Delhi and one in Pune. The programme has planned on events on a national platform for all. The demo centres of the Udyog have received enquiries from big corporates interested in making themselves Samarth Udyogcompliant and have been assured of the same under the programme. He also spoke about the chair offered to India in data security for the G20 Summit and how it reflected the strength of Indian manufacturing in the soft side of engineering.

Engineering innovations and digitalisation

The next keynote speaker was Sanjay Khendry, Vice President, Hitachi Consulting, who, with his topic of ‘Engineering the New Reality’, conferred about engineering innovations and driving digital outcomes. He imparted valuable knowledge on Hitachi’s digital transformation by stating that it is a journey and not a destination. Sharing their model of service, he added that it relies on “creating value for our customers and society through innovation”. Furthermore, Khendry reassessed as to why the process of digital adoption was slow in the manufacturing sector, which results from inadequate understanding of digital opportunities and benefits.

Re-imagining digitalisation

In the next session, the topic of ‘Building a Digital Enterprise’ was enlightened upon through a case study by Samip Mutha, Vice President and Group Head—Digital and Innovation, RPG Group. Taking a different approach to digitisation, he said, “What we are trying to solve has not changed—how we are trying to solve it has changed.” Thus, taking into consideration the older factories before advancing with IoT and Smart Manufacturing is important, according to him.

He also imparted key learning prospects, such as, connectivity being the key for machines and shop floors, mobility, data security, social outreach and gamification while engaging with a product. He gave three cornerstones for facilitating digitalisation— mindset—digital solutions and analog minds; approach—topdown commitment along with bottoms-up approach; and capabilities—a network of orchestrators and solution providers.

Connectivity in machinery and manufacturing

Following this, Srinivas Kesari, OEM Technical Manager, Rockwell Automation India, spoke on smart and connected machines. With his case study, ‘Smart, Connected Machines and Markets,’ he explained meticulously the emergent market trends and driving forces for those trends, evolution of and towards Smart Manufacturing and technologic advancements with smart and connected machinery. Subsequently, Somashekar M N, Product Head—Manufacturing Intelligence, Micromatic Machine Tools, addressed the points of Digital Factory, data development and how to make equipment give out data through his case study titled, ‘Transforming Legacy Machines for Industry 4.0.’

The theme takeaway

Next, a panel discussion was conducted on the subject, “Digitalisation and Transformation of Indian Manufacturing”. The discussion was moderated by Sunil David, Regional Director, IoT and Chairperson, AT&T. The prominent panelists for the discussion were Samip Mutha, Srinivas Kesari and Somashekar M N. The successive session was incorporated by Ninad Deshpande, Head—Marketing, B&R Industrial Automation, who gave a technology talk on ‘Open & secure communication architectures for Industrial IoT’. He conferred on securing perfection in automation and OPC Unified Architecture, which is the undisputed Industrial IoT highway. Speaking on this, he described it as “an open, unified, standard-based IIoT communication solution for real-time application in industrial operation”. He also spoke about IT/ OT convergence and the resultant seamless connectivity from sensor to the cloud.

Manufacturing and Machine Learning

The topic of ‘Smart Connectivity in Manufacturing’ was also mentioned by Ali Hosseini, Director & CEO, SenRa, in his Technology Talk. He verbalised the heights that India’s IoT markets can touch by 2020, which is approximately of USD 15 billion. Subsequently, the case study on ‘Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning’ was presented by Prabhat K Tiwari, Head—System Integration, Tata Steel. The next panel discussion was held on the topic, ‘Essentials of Advanced Manufacturing’. It was moderated by Amit Rao, VP—Strategy & Business Development, Asia Pacific, Trusted Objects. The distinguished panelists for this discussion were Ninad Deshpande, Prabhat K Tiwari and Ali Hosseini.

This was followed by Anindya Bhattacharya, Lead — Manufacturing Excellence, India Management Consulting, Hitachi Consulting, and Dev K Ramchandani, Senior Director—Management Consulting, Smart Manufacturing, Hitachi Consulting, who concluded the first day with the intriguing topic of inclusion of the evolving digital prospects in industries through their User Acceptance Study, ‘Road to Digital Transformation’.

From Smart Manufacturing to Smart Factory

The other fraction of the event commenced the next day with ardent attendees and proficient panellists and speakers. The second day of the conference kicked off with the keynote address by Baldeep Singh Pahwa, Country Head, SingEx India.

This was followed by a series of case studies on a myriad of topics related to Smart Manufacturing and Analytics. The first case study of the day, ‘Leveraging Digital Tools for Smart Factory Journey’ was presented by Tushar Ghosh, Channel Technical Manager, PTC. This was followed by another case study presented by Sharad Nigam, Principal Consultant, Industry X.O, Accenture Solutions, Management Consulting on the topic ‘Operations Analytics in Action’. Subsequently, Praveen Bhadada, Partner & Global Head Digital, Zinnov conferred with a Technology Talk. The theme of his anticipated talk was ‘Strengthening the Talent Pool’.

Enhancing and Digitising

Following this, a conducive panel discussion was moderated by Anup Wadhwa, Director, Automation Industry Association. The core panellists who deliberated on the discussion were Tushar Ghosh, Sharad Nigam, Praveen Bhadada and Nimish Danani, Director, Hitachi Consulting.

The next case study was offered on the prolific topic of ‘Digitising Manufacturing for better Flexibility, Quality and Productivity’ by Ajay Khanna, Vice President, Process & IT— Information Technology Function, VE Commercial Vehicles. Following this, a compelling Technology Talk was given on ‘Digitising MSME for success’ by Vineet Saxena, Director & CEO, Dalisoft Technologies. Additionally, a Technology Talk on ‘IoT Solutions for Asset Tracking’ was also imparted to the keen audience. The second day came to a close with the concluding panel discussion, appraised by the moderator,Gautam Doshi, Management Consultant & Adviser, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association. The theme takeaway discussion panel had the providence of noteworthy panellists with names like Ajay Khanna, Vineet Saxena, and Rahul Kednurkar, Co-founder & VP-Business Development, SenseGiz Technologies, featuring on the panel.


The two-day seminar was, thus, a well-rounded conference with its themes centered around topics of contemporary interests in manufacturing, such as, Smart Manufacturing, IIoT, Automation and tooling trends. In addition to this, the event instructively highlighted the global focus on digitising manufacturing processes. With insights on prospects like, Samarth Udyog Centres, the conference provided exceptional erudition on national programs as well.

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