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Globally, the concept of Industry 4.0 is fast gaining momentum

SMART MANUFACTURING The future of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing

Nov 28, 2018

Globally, the concept of Industry 4.0 is fast gaining momentum. This new, disruptive technology based on digital innovations has recently found its curve of progression and has transformed and reshaped the way things are viewed in the manufacturing segment. This being the trigger, VDMA India recently organised an international symposium on the topic ‘Industry 4.0 – the future concept of Manufacturing’ in Bangalore and Pune.

According to International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2016, published by UNIDO, with its ranking going up by three places, India has now been ranked sixth among the world’s 10 largest manufacturing countries. In fact, India is steadily increasing its share of global manufacturing GDP. Plus, Industry 4.0 is expected to transform manufacturing in India by bringing about operational efficiencies to manufacturing industries, such as, automotive, electrical and aerospace.

Against this backdrop and to sensitise local manufacturing industry, VDMA India recently organised an international symposium on the topic ‘Industry 4.0 – the future concept of Manufacturing’ in Bangalore and Pune. The events revolved around implementing Industry 4.0 solutions in manufacturing, focusing on automotive, aerospace, machine tools, construction & material handling, food processing & packaging, and heavy and process engineering sectors.

Global manufacturing hub

At the Bangalore event, Rajesh Nath, MD, VDMA India, in his welcome address, covered the various aspects of Indo- German bi-lateral relations and India’s potential as a global manufacturing hub. He also emphasised the importance of adapting the Industry 4.0 concept to achieve the ambitious target of making India a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation, and augmenting the share of manufacturing in the GDP from the current 17% to 25% by 2022. Also speaking at the event was Margit Hellwig-Boette, Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany, who was also the chief guest at the event. She spoke about the development of Industry 4.0 in Germany. The following speaker was S R Mukherjee, CEO, Tata Advanced Materials and the Guest of Honour, who highlighted the capability of the aerospace industry in India and briefly touched upon the importance of Industry 4.0 in the aerospace sector. This was followed by a presentation by Dietmar Goericke, MD, Forum Industry 4.0, VDMA Frankfurt, who threw light on how VDMA supports the change of German mechanical engineering industry in close coordination with member companies,research bodies and academic institutions.

Technical sessions

Then came the technical sessions which were kicked off by Ravi Agarwal, MD, Pepperl & Fuchs Factory Automation. He set the tone with his presentation on ‘Implementation of Industry 4.0 in India’ and how the country can benefit by harnessing automation in the manufacturing sector and become a preferred
destination of global companies, thus realising the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government. This was followed by a presentation on ‘Challenges on the way to Industry 4.0,’ by Sanjay Kulkarni, MD, Pilz India, who highlighted the data safety and security of the systems and solutions offered by Pilz India. The next presentation was made by Ajey Phatak, Manager–Marketing, Beckhoff Automation, on the topic ‘PC–based Control Technology – Foundation for Industry 4.0’, which was followed by Pramod Francis, Sr. Application Engineer, Schaeffler India who focused on Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem for Machine Tool.

This brought an end to the first technical session, making it time for the second one. The second session started off with Ekta Arora, Vice President, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP Labs India, who discussed the area of ‘Industry 4.0: Digital transformation in Manufacturing’ and the various initiatives undertaken for skilling and re-skilling the workforce. Up next was a presentation on ‘Industry 4.0-Walk the Talk’ by Girish Rao, MD, Harting India, with case studies on the advantages of embracing Industry 4.0 in their own production unit in Germany. Next, Umesh Pai B, MD, Eplan Software and Services, spoke on the subject ‘Digital Twin–Single Source of Truth’, where in he underlined the importance of creating a twin for every product while implementing Industry 4.0 on shop floor. The last presentation of the event focused on ‘Zimmer Innovative 4.0 products for handling and clamping technology’, which was given by Markus Böhmer, Head – International Sales System Technology, Zimmer GmbH.

Digital disruption

Coming to the event in Pune, in his welcome address, Sandip Roy, Regional Head–East, VDMA India, outlined the digital disruption, Industry 4.0 and its significance to the manufacturing industry and how VDMA members can support Indian manufacturers towards process optimisation through automation. This was followed by the next speaker, Andreas Jahn, Vice President–Manufacturing Engineering & Planning, Volkswagen India, who spoke about the application of Industry 4.0 in the automotive industry with a case study showing their application of Industry 4.0 in their factory at Chakan.

Up next was Rashmi Urdhwareshe, the Guest of Honour and Director–Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), who made a presentation on the Industry 4.0 initiatives of the Government of India and also mentioned the activities carried out by ARAI. Akin to the event in Bangalore, Dietmar
Goericke, MD, Forum Industry 4.0, VDMA Frankfurt, gave a presentation on ‘Industrie 4.0-How VDMA supports the transformation of German mechanical engineering industry’.

Next was the first part of the technical session, which started off with Neeraj Athalye, Vice-President–Innovation & Digital Business, SAP India, who explored the topic, ‘Industry 4.0 – Digital transformation in Manufacturing’. Similar to the event in Bangalore, Umesh Pai B and Girish Rao also gave their respective presentations. A presentation on ‘Zimmer Innovative 4.0 products for handling and clamping Technology’ ensued, by Ulrich Doll, Head – Project Management, Zimmer GmbH.

The second part of the technical session included presentations by Ravi Agarwal, Sanjay Kulkarni and Pramod Francis, respectively. The event ended with concluding remarks and the vote of thanks was delivered by Jamly John, GM, VDMA India.

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  • The speakers at the VDMA conference held in Pune

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