What scope does automation have in the metal forming industry? Any specific technology you would like to point out?
Indian metal forming industry has been largely dependent on the conventional methods & machines and to start with I would suggest something like a pick and place kind of automation in the critical areas. In the sheet metal industry, we will see a surge in this area which also means that machine tool makers will have to be creative to get affordable solutions to customers. Specifically talking about this industry, automating loading, unloading, and sorting work could be a good start.
Which part of the manufacturing industry do you think needs the most advancements?
While metal cutting has seen many advancements in past decades, metal forming will see huge growth in the coming years. In my opinion, a lot of traditional companies will invest in modern machine tools that can help them automate their process making it more sustainable and efficient. Also, unlike the metal cutting industry metal forming is not largely dependent on automotive or any one industry. Because sheet metal has very diverse applications, we can expect lots of technological advancements to take place in the industry in the coming days.
What are the new advancements in metal forming technologies such as laser processing, bending, punching, and welding, among others?
Metal forming or the metal fabrication industry as we usually refer to consists of many processes such as cutting, bending, punching, welding, marking, etc and all the processes need specific technologies to carry out the operation. For last few years, I have seen these machines have become highly efficient with the integration of IoT and other connected technologies. However, if I must point out one technology that has changed dramatically in the last decade then it is fibre lasers. Technology has become easy, efficient, and affordable. Also, limitations on cutting thickness and materials we can cut are going away. I expect this to continue, and we will see much wider use of fibre lasers across the industries and applications.
What changes do you think the Indian manufacturing industry needs to go through to keep up with the new trends?
The Indian manufacturing industry is catching up fast with the global markets and in many cases at par with global giants. However, there are certain areas of improvement that the industry needs to work on collectively, such as, technology adoption. Indian MSMEs need to speed up their technology adoption to be able to compete with global companies. Though there have been considerable improvements in recent years still we have to go a long way. Secondly, skill development. Finding skilled manpower in the core manufacturing industry is a daunting task for any company. Industry-academia partnership should be encouraged, and companies need to join hands to overcome this challenge. Others I would say capacity expansion and business-friendly policies.
You will be participating in IMTEX, in June 2022, what are your expectations from the event?
We are showcasing our latest fiber laser cutting machine BFC along with TPR8 in bending. Both these machines are build considering the expectation of the Indian customers and we hope to attract many potential customers.