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Rakesh Patel, CEO, Fagor Automation India

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Metal Cutting “Showcasing tailor-made solutions for Industry 4.0”

May 21, 2018

…says Rakesh Patel, CEO, Fagor Automation India, while highlighting his company’s participation in the upcoming ACMEE 2018, in an interaction with Maria Jerin. He also emphasised his company’s major focus on the education sector so as to have more training centres across the country. Excerpts…

What are the recent developments in the CNC control technology and how is your company coping-up with such advancements?

One of the major areas focussed by the overall machine tool industry is Industry 4.0, where Fagor Automation has developed new product lines and also facelifted the existing products to cope up with the market requirement. We are strengthening our commitment to technological innovation by promoting the development of connectivity in our machines, a key factor of Industry 4.0. The goal of the project is to equip machines manufactured by the Basque cooperative with a control interface that is simpler, more customisable and better connected, thanks to open technologies.

The project, of vital importance in Fagor Automation’s commitment to technological innovation, has the primary objective of recreating a large part of the HMI (Human-Machine Interface) with web technology in order to make control and display systems simpler and more intuitive, as well as enabling machines to be controlled remotely from anywhere.

With Industry 4.0 offering various possibilities for monitoring and management of manufacturing processes, what are your company’s latest offerings with regard to this?

The important aspect of Industry 4.0 is the collection of large amounts of information on the materials, production processes and logistics. If we add quality connectivity to all of this, we will achieve unit ‘traceability’ that enables us to easily reach customers or end users. Fagor Automation products are on the cutting edge of technology and can serve a double purpose within a production process: recording large amounts of information with an infinite number of parameters, and at the same time, enabling connectivity and bidirectional remote access between the supplier and the customer.

What are your localisation strategies? How will they help protect the company from the ups and downs in the local market demand?

In India, we strongly believe in providing our customers quality product with superior after-sales services at affordable cost. Fagor Automation has a clear advantage because we offer a complete solution — drives, motors, feedback devices, etc, — together with our CNCs. Customers are glad to source everything from a single supplier.

In the coming years, we would majorly focus on the education sector. By the end of 2018, we would have five Fagor Automation training centres across the country. We are an active partner in the Skill India programme and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) through ATI’s (Advanced Training Institute) and other private training centres.

Can you brief us on your company’s participation at ACMEE 2018? What will be your major focus area?

We are constantly focusing in the growing Chennai market, and have been successful on our way. It’s important to be a part in such a big gathering happening in Chennai, and we were there in ACMEE since 2010. We meet all our existing clients and new clients and the exhibition looks out to be a great opportunity for us. In ACMEE 2018, we would highlight our tailor-made solutions for Industry 4.0, 5-axis machining technologies and also some new launches for the Indian market.

What are your future plans for the Indian market in short, medium and long term?

Indian machine tool market is very much price-sensitive. So, we have launched very economical packages, which would cater to the requirement for entry level machines that are manufactured in huge quantities in various parts of the country. We will also introduce new product lines as per the market requirement from time to time and try to retain our position in the Indian CNC market.

Investment in the educational sector is where we look forward in the coming years. We would be collaborating with the training centres across the country and our target by 2020 is to have at least 25 training centres across the country. ☐

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