World over, the new concept - ‘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.
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. India is no exception to this global trend and is steadily increasing its share of Global Manufacturing GDP. The country has a unique opportunity to innovatively pave its own road to Smart Manufacturing. Industry 4.0 is expected to transform manufacturing in India by bringing operational efficiencies to manufacturing industries like automotive, electrical and electronics, aerospace.
Against this backdrop and to sensitise local manufacturing industry, VDMA India organised its first international symposium on ‘Industry 4.0 – the future Concept of Manufacturing’ on 6th June at Sangri La hotel in Bangalore and on 8th June at Hyatt, Pune respectively.
The event focussed on implementing Industry 4.0 in manufacturing focusing automotive, aerospace, machine tools, construction & material handling, food processing & packaging, heavy and process engineering sectors. Around 250 delegates comprising industry veterans, policy makers, academia, research institutions, media from both the cities participated at the symposium.
Bangalore event highlights
In Bangalore, the event started with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the chief guest, Margit Hellwig-Boette, Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany, Bangalore flanked by the ‘Guest of Honour’ was S.R. Mukherjee, Chief Executive officer, TATA Advanced Materials; Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director, Forum Industrie 4.0 at VDMA Frankfurt and Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India.
In his welcome address, Nath covered the various aspect of Indo-German bilateral relation, India’s potential as global manufacturing hub. He also emphasised the importance of adapting 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 currently 17% to 25% by 2022.
Margit Hellwig-Boette, the next speaker, spoke on the ‘Development of Industry 4.0 in Germany’. In his speech, S.R. Mukherjee, highlighted the overview and potential of aerospace industry in India and briefly touched upon the importance of Industry 4.0 in aerospace sector. The last speaker of the inaugural session in both the cities was Dietmar Goericke. In his brief presentation, he emphasised on ‘Industrie 4.0 - How VDMA supports the transformation of German mechanical engineering industry’ in close coordination with member companies, research bodies and academic institutions.
Pune event highlights
Similar to Bangalore, the event in Pune started with the lamp lighting by the Chief Guest Andreas Jahn, Vice President- Manufacturing Engineering Planning, Volkswagen India along the Guest of Honour, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director – Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Dietmar Goericke and Sandip Roy, Regional Head – East.
In his welcome address, Roy outlined on the digital disruption, Industry 4.0 and its significance to the manufacturing industry and how the VDMA members can support the Indian manufacturers towards process optimisation through automation.
The next speaker was Andreas Jahn who spoke on the ‘Application of Industry 4.0 in Automotive Industry’ with case study of implementing of Industry 4.0 in their factory at Chakkan.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, made a presentation on the Industry 4.0 - initiative of the Government of India and also mentioned about the activities of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). She also congratulated VDMA for bringing together the various stakeholders of Industry 4.0 in this forum.
Technical session on latest Industry 4.0 developments
There were total 8 speakers under technical session in Bangalore and 7 in Pune from VDMA member companies like Beckhoff Automation, EPLAN software, HARTING India, Pepperl + Fuchs, Pilz India, SAP India, Shaeffler Group and Zimmer GmbH. Ajey Phatak, Manager Marketing, Beckhoff Automation made a presentation on ‘PC based Control Technology- Foundation for Industry 4.0’ in Bangalore only.
Umesh Pai B, Managing Director, EPLAN Software and Services made a presentation on ‘Digital Twin – Single Source of Truth’ in both the cities. He underlined the importance of creating a twin for every product and while implementing Industry 4.0 in shop floor.
The topic of the presentation from Girish Rao, Managing Director, HARTING India was ‘Industry 4.0 - Walk the Talk’ with case studies on the advantages of embracing the Industry 4.0 in their own production unit in Germany.
Ravi Agarwal, Managing Director, Pepperl & Fuchs Factory Automation was the first speaker in the technical session in Bangalore and set the tone with his presentation on ‘Implementation of Industry 4.0 in India’ and how the country can benefit by harnessing automation in manufacturing sector and become a preferred destination of Global companies thus to realising the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Indian Government.
In his presentation on ‘Challenges on the way to Industry 4.0’, Sanjay Kulkarni, Managing Director, Pilz India, highlighted the data safety and security of the systems and solution offered by the Pilz India.
Ekta Arora, Vice President, IOT and Digital Supply Chain, and Neeraj Athalye, Vice President – Innovation & Digital Business were the speakers from SAP in Bangalore and Pune respectively. Both of them spoke on Industry 4.0: Digital transformation in Manufacturing and the various initiatives undertaken for skilling and re skilling of the workforce.
Unlike other speakers who mostly covered on the digital part of the Industry 4.0, speakers from Schaeffler Group and Zimmer GmbH made their presentation on the physical part of the Industry 4.0. Pramod Francis, Sr. Application Engineer, Schaeffler India talked about the Schaeffler Smart EcoSystem for machine tool.
Markus Böhmer, Head of International Sales System Technology, and Ulrich Doll, Head of Project Management, Zimmer GmbH, spoke on Zimmer Innovative 4.0 products for handling and clamping Technology in Bangalore and Pune respectively.
Both the technical session was followed by Q&A session. The event was moderated by S. Manohar, Regional Head – South and Jamly John, General Manager, VDMA India in Bangalore and Pune respectively. The daylong symposium offered a good interaction and networking opportunity for both the audience and the participating companies.