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As manufacturing goes digital, it will allow things to be made more economically, in much smaller numbers, more flexibly and with less labour. Sensible, intelligent automation is possible in manufacturing, said B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd.

“Future factories may look more like those of weavers’ cottages than Ford assembly lines,” he said in his address on business leadership, manufacturing excellence and automation at a CII conference on industrial automation — ‘Achieving manufacturing excellence and increased return on investment through industrial automation’.

Santhanam said that convergence of technologies will be key to manufacturing in future. These will be innovative materials like nano materials, 3D printing processes to print solid components, flexible robots and Web-based services. Flexible robots will understand and work with human beings.

Online services will make collaborative manufacturing very interesting. With the manufacturing sector moving from mass production to customisation, a lot of ideas will emerge from the Web. For instance, there could be ‘crowd sourcing’ of ideas and innovation wherein companies can use the services of thousands of scientists on a particular area, he said. 

K. Nandakumar, President, Automation Industry Association, said that for a $2 trillion GDP economy, the share of manufacturing sector was only 16 per cent and contributing 12 per cent of total employment. In comparison, China’s manufacturing sector contributes to nearly 35 per cent of that country’s GDP and in Thailand it is nearly 40 per cent. “If we do not bring employment generation from manufacturing sector to nearly 20 per cent in the next decade, it will create social problems,” he said.
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Automation industry body partners IIT Madras for research projects The Automation Industry Association has tied up with IIT Madras to enhance research projects in the field of industrial automation. It is eyeing a similar tie-up with IIT Mumbai.

The institute has set up a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Automation at its campus. The collaboration will enable the institute to get industry inputs in developing curriculum and a modern lab, and formulate industry-relevant and need-based research projects, said the association’s president, K. Nandakumar. The centre has been set up by the institute’s Design Engineering Department, he said.

Each participating member company of AIA will bring a ‘mentor’ and a subject matter (or domain) expert. There will be joint development of curriculum, research projects, individual technology demonstrations, and training workshops under the agreement. The idea is to infuse contemporary technology and content into the educational system. 

Leading players in the field of automation, such as B&R Automation, Larsen & Toubro Control and Automation and Siemens Ltd , have announced immediate participation in the project with their technologies, said Nandakumar, who is also the chairman and managing director of the Mumbai-based Chemtrols Industries Ltd. The association is a forum for all automation companies in India spreading knowledge and creating awareness. 

To begin with, the centre will focus on factory automation, which is easy to start, and later move on to process automation. About 20 students will be in the first batch, which is likely to commence in the next couple of weeks, he told Business Line. 

With automation pervasive in the manufacturing sector, there will be greater demand for ‘skilled manpower’ in automation. The centre will prepare students at the post-graduate level to be readily absorbed by the industry, he said. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
'Make in India' - National Mission beckons the Automation Industry               ‘Make in India’ is an Indian manufacturing initiative launched by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi on September 25, 2014 to attract businesses from around the world to invest and manufacture in India. Following sectors included by the Government under this initiative are relevant to the automation industry: ·         Automobiles ·         Auto Components ·         Chemical ·         Construction ·         Defense ·         Electrical Machinery ·         Electronic Systems ·         Food Processing ·         Leather ·         Mining ·         Oil and Gas ·         Pharmaceuticals ·         Ports ·         Railways ·         Renewable Energy ·         Roads and Highways ·         Textile Garments ·         Thermal Power     Investment and development in these sectors are important for improvement of our manufacturing sector and to make India a global manufacturing hub. This also shows emphasis of our government on efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing that will serve following objectives for the automation industry: 1) Enriching the job opportunities for qualified technical professionals. 2) Ushering latest technologies into our manufacturing and infrastructure domain. 3) Opportunities for automation to impact the goal of ‘Zero Defect & Zero Effect’. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
‘Tech convergence key to manufacturing in future’ As manufacturing goes digital, it will allow things to be made more economically, in much smaller numbers, more flexibly and with less labour. Sensible, intelligent automation is possible in manufacturing, said B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd..

“Future factories may look more like those of weavers’ cottages than Ford assembly lines,” he said in his address on business leadership, manufacturing excellence and automation at a CII conference on industrial automation — ‘Achieving manufacturing excellence and increased return on investment through industrial automation’.

Santhanam said that convergence of technologies will be key to manufacturing in future. These will be innovative materials like nano materials, 3D printing processes to print solid components, flexible robots and Web-based services. Flexible robots will understand and work with human beings.

Online services will make collaborative manufacturing very interesting. With the manufacturing sector moving from mass production to customisation, a lot of ideas will emerge from the Web. For instance, there could be ‘crowd sourcing’ of ideas and innovation wherein companies can use the services of thousands of scientists on a particular area, he said. 

K. Nandakumar, President, Automation Industry Association, said that for a $2 trillion GDP economy, the share of manufacturing sector was only 16 per cent and contributing 12 per cent of total employment. In comparison, China’s manufacturing sector contributes to nearly 35 per cent of that country’s GDP and in Thailand it is nearly 40 per cent. “If we do not bring employment generation from manufacturing sector to nearly 20 per cent in the next decade, it will create social problems,” he said.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- IIT Madras signs pact with Automation Industry Association to enhance research projects The Indian Institute of Technology - Madras has tied up with the Automation Industry Association to set up a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Automation on its campus in Chennai. The collaboration will enable the institute to get industry inputs in developing curriculum and a modern lab, and come up with industry-relevant and need-based research projects.   A memorandum of understanding was signed between IIT-M and AIA on June 7 in this regard. Each participating member company of AIA will bring a 'mentor' and a subject matter or domain expert. There will be joint development of curriculum, research projects, individual technology demonstrations, and training workshops under the MOU. The idea is to infuse contemporary technology and content into the educational system. Leading players in the field of automation, such as B&R Automation, Larsen & Toubro Control and Automation and Siemens Limited, have announced immediate participation in the project with their state-of-the-art technologies. Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi (Director, IIT Madras) is seen exchanging the MoU with Mr K Nandakumar (acting President, AIA)   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The AIA AGM - 23rd September 2011, Navi Mumbai

The AIA General Body members met on 23rd September and felicitated the new President, Vice President and General Secretary & Treasurer elected to the Executive Council. The meeting also marked the farewell for the outgoing President Mr V V Paranjape, Director & Member Managing Board, Siemens Limited. The members of the newly constituted Executive Council are listed at Executive Council Page, Click Here to visit the page.
Incoming President, Mr. Vijay Srinivasan's Address to AIA Community - Click Here
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The AIA AGM - 26th November 2010, Navi Mumbai

The AIA General Body members met on 26th Nov and felicitated the new members elected to the Executive Council. The meeting also marked the farewell for the outgoing team led by Mr Sunil Khanna, MD Emerson Process Manangement. The members of the newly constituted Executive Council are listed at Executive Council Page. During Mr Khanna's tenure, AIA organised its first event in Infrastructure, with WaterTech 2008. With his election to the National Council of CII, AIA has access to a major body of influence across all verticals. Speaking at the AGM, the outgoing President mentioned the key role played by SME members in CampusConnect programmes,the Packaging workshops and also ensuring a strong foundation for the Pune Chapter.He said with better understanding of members aspirations, the new team AIA will be able to carve out many more initiatives. The incoming President, Mr Vijay Paranjape,Director & Member Managing Board, Siemens, agreed with the need to continue the thrust with SMEs. He said this was the most effective way to expand penetration of Automation in towns and industrial belts where new investments are pouring in. AIA would also have to create strong and sustainable revenue streams, from key Exhibitions and Conferences, that can be used to expand programmes in smaller towns.

The meeting was followed by a special technical session on achieving Operational Excellence through Automation. Speakers specially invited for this are mentioned in the table below. The session was moderated by Mr Vijay Srinivasan, MD, Invensys and incumbent Vice President, AIA. The key message to members was that automation investments and strategies should be shown in relation to operational growth and business success.  

Program Details

Name Designation, Company Presentation - Click to Download S Arun Prasad Head - Control & Instrumentation, Mahindra Navistar Engines (P) Ltd.
Manufacturing Excellence Through Automation
A Ramanathan Senior Executive Vice President, Reliance Industries Ltd.
Operational Excellence & KPI to Track OPEx.
Jacob Joseph
Head - Automation, The Tata Power Company Ltd.
Automation & Operational Excellence - Tata Power Case Study
Rajesh Mohite
Senior Manager - Wire Technologies Global Wires, Tata Steel Ltd.
Automation & Innovation


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