PackPlus 2018
to Jul 28

PackPlus 2018

Packaging 4.0
An India Perspective

Packaging machines are a vital part of the production process in the consumer goods industry. They often work in multi-shift operation, and any malfunctions have to be met with a fast response. Packaging 4.0 is an open forum for the Indian Packaging Machinery Suppliers and End Users.

Packaging 4.0 – India Perspective represents the shift towards new wave automation technologies and the interplay with IOT for better control, clear diagnostics and pro-active remedial strategies

At the Smart Manufacturing Pavilion, Technology Experts will showcase and speak about the HOT TOPICS that Indian machine builders and owners of packaging lines are concerned with.

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We have lined up a series of FREE talk sessions that can help the Indian packaging community make sense of sensors, robotics, automation and the larger world of Industry 4.0


Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

12:15 - 12:45 P.M.

Changing Landscape for Smart Manufacturing
Mr. Ravi Agarwal
IAFSM (IITD-AIA Foundation for Smart Manufacturing)

3:00 - 3:30 P.M.

iQ Monozukuri - Packaging Solution
Mr. Rameshchandra Bhorania
Mitsubishi Electric India, Factory Automation Division

04:00 - 04:30 P.M.

Smart Sensors and I/O Links
Mr. Sudhanshu Kantoor
Pepperl+Fuchs Factory Automation India Pvt. Ltd.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

11:15 - 11:45 A.M.

Unlocking the Value of Physical and Digital Convergence Using Augmented Reality and IoT
Mr. Tushar Ghosh
Parametric Technology (India) Pvt. Ltd.

12:15 - 12:45 P.M.

OEE Management and Analysis
Mr. Rahul Verma
B&R Industrial Automation Pvt. Ltd.

03:00 - 03:30 P.M.

Integration Challenges Between Automation and IoT Layers
Dr. Sunil Jha
IAFSM (IITD-AIA Foundation for Smart Manufacturing)

04:00 - 04:30 P.M.

RFID and BarCoding Applications
Mr. Laksh Malhotra
Pepperl+Fuchs Factory Automation India Pvt. Ltd.

Friday, July 27th, 2018

11:15 - 11:45 A.M.

Servo Drives and Coordinated Motion Control for Gauge Control, Tension Control & Flexible Pouching
Mr. Rachit Agarwal
B&R Industrial Automation Pvt. Ltd.

12:15 - 12:45 P. M.

Smart Machines for Smart Manufacturing
Mr. Lokesh Kaushal
Rockwell Automation India Pvt. Ltd.

03:00 - 03:30 P.M.

Automation in Food Processing - Current & Future
Mr. Ranjan Singh Chadha
Festo India Pvt. Ltd.

04:00 - 04:30 P.M.

Open Interaction with Machine Builders and Integrators
Mr. Anup Wadhwa
Automation Industry Association


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Automation Training Zone
to Dec 3

Automation Training Zone

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In partnership with Hanover Milano Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. AIA set up an exclusive Zone during WIN India 2016 at MMRDA Grounds, Mumbai with an ultimate objective of training PEOPLE in advanced technologies to make them competent in solving operational issues and contribute to the superior performance and real-time management of plant, machinery and associated resources.

Automation Training Zone Highlights

  • Participants were engaged with domain captains, drawn from leading member companies of Automation Industry Association
  • Exposed and familiarized young, as well as experienced engineers, to the emerging skill needs in automated plant
  • 8 Important Skills in Automation for Integrated Operations were covered
  • Confidence building for implementation, with individual Hands-On training

About the Knowledge Partner-AIA

    Automation Industry Association (AIA) founded in 2004, is India’s apex automation industry body, with nearly 40 high tech automation companies. The technologies they represent encompass electrical automation, mechanical automation, continuous and batch process automation, robotics, machine vision, assembly and material handling systems, sensors, controllers, actuators, communication devices, HMI, real-time software, simulation, training, and a host of interface and supporting sub-systems.
    It has pioneered the vendor-neutral approach in developing Educational Curriculum for Universities and is promoting Industry Practices and Skills consonant with Global Standards.

    Participants Profile

    Staff from Maintenance / Projects / Utilities / Safety / Machine Design / Production Systems Design / Quality Management -  participated in the training in their chosen domains and conducted specific mini-experiments with their own hands. At every training booth, there were industry-standard, hardware and software components, configured for demonstration of the concept and the participant exercises.

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    Automation Pavilion
    to Jul 30

    Automation Pavilion

    Packaging 4.0 - India Perspective

    27-30 July 2016, New Delhi
    Pack Plus Exhibition at Hall 12 A Stall 40, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

    Packaging machines are a vital part of the production process in the consumer goods industry. They often work in multi-shift operation, and any malfunctions have to be met with a fast response. Packaging 4.0 is an open forum for the Indian Packaging Machinery Suppliers and End Users.

    Packaging 4.0 – India Perspective represents the shift towards new wave automation technologies that provide clear diagnostic and remedial strategies.

    At the Automation Pavilion, Automation leaders showcased and spoke about the HOT  TOPICS that Indian machine builders and buyers of integrated lines are concerned with.


    Theme Sponsor


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    Supporting Partner


    About AIA - the Knowledge Partner

    Automation Industry Association (AIA) founded in 2004, is India’s apex automation industry body, with nearly 40 high tech automation companies. It has pioneered the Integrated Automation approach in the Educational Curriculum for Universities and is also promoting Integrated Automation Practices and Skills consonant with emerging global trends. Packaging 4.0 is an open forum for the Indian Packaging Machinery Suppliers and End Users.

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    Conference on Smart Automation for SMEs
    1:30 PM13:30

    Conference on Smart Automation for SMEs


    The 'Smart Automation for SMEs' Conference was held on 10th September 2015 that showcased how SMEs can bridge quality gaps, sustain long lived performance, master the skills needed to absorb required levels of Industrial Automation and become partners in global supply chains.

    The conference program ran as under:

    Inaugural Plenary

     “Automation advantage for SME manufacturers”

    'Make in India' - Expectations, Experiences and Opportunities for SME Suppliers
    Vinnie Mehta
    Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA)

    Session I

    “Automation for Zero Defect (Quality Assurance)”


    Solutions for Quality Management
    (In-Process Inspection)
    Harish Sandesh
    Omron Automation


    Learnings from the Global Landscape
    PV Sivaram
    Automation Industry Association (AIA)

    Session II

    “Flexible & Cost Competitive Manufacturing”

    Machine Connectivity & Maximising OEE
    Sriram Parmanand
    Rockwell Automation

    The Challenge of Change Parts
    Manhar Bhalla
    Deep Automation

    Session III

    “Emerging Trends in Machine Intelligence”

    Easy Viewing & Analytics on the Move
    Milind Kulkarni
    Siemens India

    Closed Loop Automated Production
    Vijay Pamnani
    Shriram Pistons

    Panel Discussion

    “Getting Started the Smart Way”

    The session advocated a life cycle approach towards automation, involving following stages Consultancy-Evaluation-Selection-Implementation-Risk Mitigation-ROI


    Naresh Kantoor
    Encon Systems


    Sriram Parmanand
    Rockwell Automation

    Vijay Pamnani
    Sriram Piston

      Ganesha Upadhyay
      Hero Motocorp Ltd.

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      8:30 PM20:30

      ARC Forum 2015

      ' India Specific Challenges'

      Mr Dilip Sawhney, delivered the keynote address on the theme. Click here to download his complete presentation

      India and Manufacturing

      Manufacturing growth is a necessity for India

      Consumer demand

      • Expanding Consumer base and rising aspirations driving demand for products
      • More products
      • More diversity in products


      • Safer food & drugs
      • Efficient waste water treatment
      • Better energy management
      • Efficient Emissions monitoring

      Challenge for Manufacturers

      • Globalizing marketplace putting pressure on prices
      • Resources getting scare and commodity prices rising
      • Innovation necessary to retain and grow market share
      • Compliance requirements getting tougher
      • Skills and competence
      • Speed
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      7:00 PM19:00

      Automation Tech 2013

      Manufacturing is acknowledged as a developing country's stable engine for economic growth. For the economy to grow, manufacturing vision must be fuelled by innovative and creative leaders, said DrKalam, at a recent forum of Automation industry leaders.

      Manufacturing companies looking for sustainable competitive solutions can draw inspiration from that vision. In an era where reduced budgets limit the scope for trials and error, Automation Tech 2013 served a timely reminder for manufacturing leaders to be future ready. On Friday, the 18th October, the link between Manufacturing Competitiveness and Automation was explored at the Automation Tech Conclave, organised by AIA in Pune.

      In his opening address, keynote speaker Mr K Nandakumar, President, Automation Industry Association drew an analogy from America’s School for War, saying “It’s a world of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity). To sustain the VUCA world, we must be conscious of how we Manufacture. Feed into the Global Grid, shape Consumer demand, reform Governance and Price our Planet. Presenting an appropriate definition for Automation, he said, “It is the Industrial Infrastructure that delivers ultimate customer experience making positive difference in the Community.”

      Padmashri Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Delhi, and known for his path breaking pursuits in Government, Industry, R&D and Academia, was the chief guest. “In Automotive we have transformed from total backwardness.  Ability to add value in manufacturing is important for manufacturing industry to thrive. Whenever we have had a challenge or have been denied anything we have responded. The present time offers an opportunity to create intelligently designed machines to add intelligence on the matter and the energy we process. In the future we may be able to think and control. I would like to see Automation peaking in the city of Pune, which is also the Engineering Capital of India.”

      Sanjay Kachre, Head Operations at Kimberly Clark shared how automation strategies impact all manufacturing, because complexity of operations continues to increase. To make the transition to Sustainable Manufacturing, Kachare said “the increasing need for energy efficiency, emissions monitoring, regulatory tracking, process changes, packaging changes, asset upgrades, and new controls and metering places greater demands on Design and Engineering teams to collaborate in bringing new functionality and enhanced visibility to Manufacturing Operations.”

      Vishwas Chitale, Director & CTO Chitale Dairy emphasised that holistic use of automation across the entire business process is warranted. He shared how his business is managed with dynamic Business Intelligence Dashboards that provide drill down capability to view and analyze cost and production information coming in from real-time data collectors. “It’s not all over yet,” declares Mr Chitale, “we aim to connect the cows to the cloud.”

      Nidamaluri Nagesh, a recipient of the prestigious Boss Kettering Award for Innovation on Collaborative Robots and currently Sr GM with Mahindra Vehicles, dealt with Automation Game Changers, Connected Manufacturing and Disruptive technology. Quoting a Gartner report, Nagesh emphasized "Over 50% of internet connections in the PLANT are THINGS. Manufacturers need a fully connected enterprise to compete in today’s global economy. They need to connect their manufacturing operations and business systems while sharing performance data with machine builders and tier suppliers to improve processes, increase production and reduce risk.

      At Autom@tion 2013, global technology giants like Microsoft, Rockwell Automation and Siemens also pitched in with their sneak previews of future automation technologies.  To sum up, Autom@tion Tech really showed how Automation is a hidden value amplifier and how manufacturing businesses can unlock profit potential with real-time decision power. AIA also launched its news magazine, Automation India, introduced as an open and collaborative forum to share unique experiences and challenges.

      Program Details


      Nidamaluri Nagesh
      Senior General Manager
      Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers


      K Nandakumar
      Chairman & Managing Director
      Chemtrols Industries Ltd.


      Vishwas Chitale
      Director & Chief Technical Officer
      Chitale Dairy


      Sanjay Kachare
      Head Operations
      Kimberly Clark


      Adopting Automation Game Changers, Connected Manufacturing and leveraging Disruptive Technology


      Leadership Through Manufacturing Excellence : Leveraging Automation


      Financial Analysis of Automation Investments



      Sustainable Manufacturing

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      12:30 PM12:30

      Automotive Engineering Show 2013

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      In the current market scenario, automotive manufacturers and their supply chain partners, are experiencing swings in market demand, that pose a special challenge for sustainable growth. Manufacturers envision a flexible setup that is cost competitive, yet capable of rapid multi model adjustments.

      This strategy translates into 4 specific goals that manufacturing engineers, production engineers, shop floor staff and automation engineers can collectively pursue.

      • Innovation for flexible manufacturing that can cater to changing model demands from the market & also should be easily adaptable to manufacture new models & variants.
      • Innovation for sustainable process improvements based on real-time tracking & tracing to achieve manufacturing transparency & reduce waste in manufacturing.
      • Innovation for sustainable Energy Efficiency and recycling, in manufacturing processes.
      • Innovation for improving the Safety & Environment standards that motivates a new generation workforce.

      Based on the innovation strengths of in-house teams, we receive small to mid-sized projects the Industry. This year the AIA team received nearly 40 cases which were evaluated, All leaders selected for felicitation will also be supported by AIA and its member companies in pursuing further experimentation and innovation.

      Participants will return home:

      • inspired with new ideas for optimizing their plant operations
      • with ideas for potential upgrading of their equipment
      • with a valuable network on a managerial level

      Special Session - Sustaining Good Performance with Grassroot Innovation( At Seminar Area, Hall No. 3)

      • 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm  : Theme address and Panel Discussion
      • 04:00 pm - 05:15 pm  : Case discussions and facilitation
      • 05:15 pm - 06:00 pm  : Felicitation and award of Innovation Trophy
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      to Feb 3

      India Automation Technology Fair 2013


      The Innovation Exchange Programmes at IATF 2013 were spread over all 3 days, giving importance to different facets of the automation sector. The inaugural session saw eminent leaders come together and share their vision for automation industry being a catalyst for the growth of Indian economy. Day 1 and Day 2 panel discussions highlighted technical themes that made an impact on project success and sustainability. Day 3 was about innovation at the grassroots, with focus on SMEs and young people.

      Friday, 1st Feb, 2013

      Mr. Darryl Dasilva
      Messe München India

      Mr. Armin Wittmann

      India Automation Technology Fair & Innovation Exchange - Engine for Sustainable Growth
      Mr. K Nandakumar
      Automation Industry Association (AIA)

      Innovation Exchange – a springboard for new Solutions
      Mr. B R Mehta
      Reliance Industries

      Mr. U S Deshmukh
      Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)

      Mr. Raghavendra Rao
      Frost & Sullivan

      Project Management and Risk Mitigation practices and its impact on Control Systems Integrators
      Mr. P Mahajan
      Engineers India Ltd (EIL)

      The changing face of Engineering Sector and its impact on Industrial Automation
      Mr. V P Raman
      Mott MacDonald

      Mr. Ram Keswani
      Vivekananda Education Society

      AIA Panel Discussion

      Sustainable growth and competitiveness of plant investments through holistic automation deployment: Opportunities, Challenges and Impact on Manufacturing”


      Mr Nitin Nair
      Automotive Sector and Industry Head (Automotive)
      Siemens Ltd


      Mr. Somnath Bhattacharya,
      Dy. Geberal Manager, Engineering
      Eisenmann India

      Mr.Anant M. Khond
      General Manager, Paintshop
      Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd.

      Mr Aiyappan Ramamurthi
      Technical Director
      Siemens PLM – India

      Mr Rajiv Mandke
      RMM Consultants

      Exhibitor Workshop

      Digital Factory
      by Siemens

      Innovative Ultrasonic flow measurment technology for city gas distrubution
      by Chemtrols & Sick

      Saturday, 2nd Feb, 2013

      Exhibitor Presentation

      Designing Machines that are Modular and Safe
      by B & R Automation

      Enable Smart, Safe and Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions through Automation
      by Rockwell Automation

      Future Trends in Industrial Networking
      by Rockwell Automatio

      Safety Instrumented Systems & the use of Wireless technology
      by Emerson Process Management

      “Power of Integrated Manufacturing Operations” – Case study
      by Axcend Automatio

      AIA Panel Discussion - Effective Management of Industrial Automation


      Ms. Uma Balakrishnan,  
      Managing Director & CEO, Axcend Automation & Software
      Executive Council Member, Automation Industry Association


      Mr. Atul Modi, 
      Global Lead & Engg. Proj Mgr – Controls & Automation,
      Unilever Engineering Services (UEns)

      Mr. Don Roberts, 
      Principal Partner
      Exotek LLC

      Mr. Vishal Mehta
      Country Head for Advanced Engineering
      KBR Inc.

        Sunday, 3rd Feb, 2013

        AIA Panel Discussion: Competency building and Employability


        Mr. Aniruddha Khekale, 
        Group Director (Human Resource)
        Emerson Process Management India


        Mr. Vikas Prakash Singh
        Professor of Economics and Energy Management
        Great Lakes Institute of Energy Management and Research Gurgaon.

        Mr Vijay A Jadhwani
        Chief Executive Officer
        Vivekanand Education Society

        Mr. Nirmit Parekh
        Managing Director & CEO
        Three P Consultants

        Non -Exhibitor Presentation

        Preparing for Industry Oriented Training
        Mr. Deepak Makhijani

        "Striving for Excellence"
        Dr. T Asokan
        AIA - IIT Madras Automation Centre of Excellence

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        9:00 PM21:00

        Operational Excellence in Manufacturing through Relevant Industrial Automation

        Eminent experts from the Automation Industry have shared their success stories, insights and inspiration with leaders in the Manufacturing Industry. The conference was held as a concurrent event of the India Manufacturing Show .

        The manufacturing industry, as the backbone that defined India’s growth in the 1980-90s. While India gained global prominence due to the rapid growth of the service Industry, the manufacturing industry has all the qualities to further enhance the economic development of the country. In fact, it is this sector that is fueling growth, employment and enhancing the other industries such as agriculture and service. To accelerate the efficiency and competitive performance of the manufacturing industry, it is essential to modernise their infrastructure. Now more than ever before, industrial enterprises and utilities rely on their control systems to improve their reliability and efficiency.

        Automated, Flexible, Synchronised and Efficient Production Systems are in demand to execute innovative business strategies and sustainable operational practices in manufacturing and improve value for the ecosystem. Industrial Automation is the emerging technology infrastructure for a robust and sustainable economy.

        The themes were discussed at the Conference:


        Integrated Motion Control solutions

        Automated Production and Energy solutions

        Holistic Design and Safety Standards for Automation projects

        Meeting customer's challenge - from Concept to Commercialisation - 

        Real-time Supervision of Production Environment


        A Productivity Case Study, presented by Vicky Panchal, Marketing Manager, Parker Hannifin India

        A Discrete Manufacturing Case study, presented by Vijay Menon, Industry Manager, Festo India

        An Engineering Case study on good practices, by Sagar Bhosale, MD, Schmersal India

        An Automation Product development case study, by Jayendran Balasubramanian, MD, Nextfirst Engineering.

        A concluding Panel Discussion, chaired by Uma Balakrishnan, Co-Founder & CEO, Axcend Automation and Executive Council Member, AIA.

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        8:30 PM20:30

        Automotive Engineering Show 2012

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        In today’s competitive market, the company that stands out is the one which has been able to use technology in a creative and innovative way. This event was an effort, recognized how automotive middle-level management equivalent of plant managers and general managers created excellence through innovation in their plants.

        In keeping with the overall theme of “Manufacturing Excellence”, on Day-2, this sub-event was aimed to celebrate the achievements and experience of plant managers using Automation creatively in their manufacturing processes.

        This event had provided a forum where seasoned automotive specialists can engage in an exchange of ideas with each other; aknowledge sharing opportunity. Managers from across the automotive manufacturing spectrum have had the opportunity for their hard work and creative passion recognized and celebrated. Format- These managers had presented their experiences in Quality, Safety, Energy Efficiency, Environment Protection, Productivity and Value Improvement etc and illustrated with examples how they have creatively used Automation in true-life situations or have overcome some specific challenges with technical creativity enhancing plant performance and efficiency.

        The cases were reviewed and judged by eminent jury members

        Mr. Mukund V. Mavalankar
        Director Technical
        Bharat Forge Ltd

        Mr. Dilip Sawhney
        Regional Director, Rockwell Automation India Pvt. Ltd. 
        Executive Council Member, Automation Industry Association

        Mr. Sandeep Balooja
        Group President Business Development, Anand Group
        Chairman, ACMA - Western Region

        Prof. Sudhir Agashe
        Head - Dept. of Instrumentation & Control
        College of Engineering, Pune

        Dr. Mohan M. Godse
        Vice President, Product Development - Casting
        Endurance Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

        About 100 attendees from the region’s major user groups - OEM, Tier 1 vendors, system integrators, and machine builders were there, making it a great place for networking, sharing ideas, celebrating success, building relationships and learning about developing initiatives. The program’s collaborative nature enabled the participants also to learn from one another. 

        It aimed to create a motivating environment and built credibility and profile.

        Participants returned home:

        … inspired with new ideas for optimizing their plant operations

        … with ideas for potential upgrading of their equipment

        … with a valuable network on a managerial level

        Awardees Receive

        Boost your profile – The program is an excellent means of raising individual as well as company profiles. Awardees and winners receive widespread media coverage about their achievements.

        Establish credibility – This is the chance to prove that you and your company are worthy of competing on the world stage.

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        8:30 PM20:30

        ARC's 9th India Forum

        The AIA President, Mr V. V. Paranjape delivered the keynote address at the ARC Forum on August 2nd, at Pune.Addressing the theme ' Gaining Sustainable Competitiveness and Achieving Operational Excellence', Mr Paranjape focussed on the Digital Manufacturing Vision, its impact and challenges.

        Click here to view his presentation.

        Operational excellence is an ongoing process even in the best of times and in today’s integrated and turbulent world, the need for companies to pursue continuous improvements is even greater. How companies design, engineer, source, make, and distribute products, and manage their assets, ultimately determines their success. Playing a crucial role are the people and processes, well supported by enabling technologies

        India’s automotive, auto components, and machinery industries, which are poised to post robust growths in the years to come, have opportunities to emerge as best-in-class. While domestic demand drives industries’ growth, their challenge is protecting their margins and gaining global competitiveness. The entire Design-Operate-Maintain cycle will need to be continuously addressed to discover newer ways to delight consumers and gain competitiveness. There is a constant need to channel investments into systems and solutions and adopt best global industry practices in order that greater operational performance levels are achieved.

        Shortening design and engineering cycle times is critical to reducing manufacturing costs, which essentially means reduced iterative actions necessary to design, manufacture, and deliver products to consumers. Manufacturers will need to invest in technologies and solutions leveraging digital manufacturing, third-party product engineering services, and collaborative production management (CPM/MES) systems, backed up by state-of-the-art factory automation, and supply chain and product life cycle management systems. OEMs must have state-of-the-art plant-floor automation systems and integrate them with enterprise and other decision support systems.

        AIA Working Group for Automotive

        Besides its own events and Round Tables, AIA supports many initiatives such as the ARC Forum, the Automotive Engineering Show and the AIEC - AIA Skills Enhancement Centre. We have.constituted a Working Group to advise and lead Automation related initiatives specially tailored for the Automotive segment. The group members are listed below


        Nitin Nair

        Sadashiv Lad

        Uma Balakrishnan

        P V Sivaram

        P Gopalakrishnan

        Naresh Kantoor 

        Manoj Dunung

        Sunil Raibagi

        Bipin Jirge

        J. Bala

        Pradeep Arora

        Nominee Awaited














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        to Jun 11

        Automotive Engineering Show 2011

        Theme: Manufacturing Excellence


        Helping Vehicle and Auto-component companies deploy appropriate technology and connect to providers of systems and processes to optimize efficiency, quality and costs.

        Over 100 exhibitors have showcased Manufacturing enhancers. World renowned manufacturers of Automation systems and Factory Control, Assembly Line System Integrators and Line builders, IT solutions in Design, Development, Planning and Manufacturing, etc

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        1:00 PM13:00

        SME India Outlook 2011

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        ‘SME India Outlook 2011’ has disclosed the opportunities that Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in India can leverage for operational excellence, through smart IT & Automation technologies.

        AIA was a knowledge partner for this event. AIA members serving the SME sector were invited to participate and showcase best fit technologies and solutions.

        Achieving Operational Excellence in Manufacturing
        by V Srinivasan
        Managing Director, India
        Invensys India Pvt. Ltd.

        K Nandakumar
        Vice President,
        Chemtrols Industries Ltd

        D Hambardikar
        Messung Systems Pvt. Ltd.

        Milind Kulkarni
        A&D Division, Siemens Limited

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        8:30 PM20:30

        Automotive Engineering Show 2010

        A Thought Leadership Discussion was held on 17th May 2010, the concluding day of the Automotive Engineering Show at Chennai. The panel comprised Manish Ramakrishnan, Sr. Manager, Ashok Leyland, Satish Ansingkar, Vice President Sales, B&R Industrial Automation, Jitendrakumar Kataria, MD, Beckhoff Automation Pvt Ltd and Sudhir Bachloo, Sr. Manager Automotive (Business Development) Siemens Ltd. The discussion was moderated by Anup Wadhwa, Director, AIA.

        Excerpts from the discussion:

        Anup Wadhwa

        The evolution of Automation technologies has gained considerable momentum over the last decade, giving rise to a host of new hardware and software features. Is India’s Automotive Industry at par with the developed world, in the deployment of Automation?

        It seems both sides are not satisfied with the current gaps in the engagement process. Are we stuck with an entrenched practice or is there an alternate approach to look at?

        Jitendrakumar Kataria

        The adaptation in India is slower. There is fear about being able to deploy fast changing technologies. People training is yet to become a high priority, so the necessary ground work needs to be laid at the college level itself.

        Manish Ramakrishnan

        Real-time Factory Automation is yet to emerge as a full-blooded engineering discipline. There are a very large number of automation vendors coming to meet us; which is a good sign, but what they are selling is technology in isolation. We would like to see sales teams sit with us at the design level and show us exact deployment.

        Satish Ansingkar

        There are independent hardware suppliers, machine builders and integrators They respond to unconnected specifications and acceptance procedures. Very often the different entities within a supply chain operate completely independent of the main OEM while determining the specifications of Automation investment. We welcome more discussions on application needs before the commercial dialogue.

        Manish Ramakrishnan

        The wish list for us would be to maintain our assets in good shape for achieving High Line Throughput, Multiple Model Flexibility, Total Cost Reduction, Technology absorption and skill upgrade. If we can do all this we get to be very competitive. Better visualisation is useful. Safety integrated into controllers are very important. RFID applications are being used in axle and engine making lines for automated tool selections. But RFID based tracking in assembly operations is still under evaluation.

        Sudhir Bachloo

        Wireless and mobile HMIs are going to increasing operator convenience. And if genealogy is to be captured with read / write operations, or if tagged items have to pass through high temperature zones, RFID is increasingly becoming relevant.

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        1:00 PM13:00

        Water Tech 2008


        Program Details


        Welcome Address by Sunil Khanna, President, AIA-India

        Curtain Raiser for Tech Session 1 - Potable Water Quality by R Vanamali, Team Leader, WaterTech 2008

        Enhancing Urban Water Systems: Emerging Opportunities for New Technologies by Prof. Srinivas Chary Vedala, Director, CEEUG & ID, ASCI

        Challenges in Modernisation of Existing Systems by Anand Wachasunder, Principal Chief Engineer, Goa PWD

        On-line Analysis and Control by John Rodriguez, Head, Solutions & Alliances, Endress + Hauser

        Cleaning and Reuse of Waste Water by D. Madhavamoorthy, Engineering Director, CMWSSB

        Total Analytical Solutions by AJIT JOSHI, Divisional Head (Analytics), Forbes Marshall

        Intangibles in Re-use of Waste Water by Dr S. SUNDARAMOORTHY, Creative Director, Environmental Consultants

        Micro Sewage Treatment for Rural Areas by Dr Anal Chavan, Specialist, Water Tech., Siemens

        Water Audit and Leakage Management by Pranoy Sinha, Chief, Water Management, JUSCO

        Enabling 24x7 Supply by Dr. S V Dahasahasra, President, IWWA

        Revenue Maximisation by Devarajan Anand Kumar, Product Manager, ABB Ltd







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        8:30 PM20:30

        Automotive Engineering Show 2008

        The focus of the 1st International Automotive Engineering Show at Auto Cluster Exhibition was on enabling technologies for manufacturing. Mr JK Verma, who leads the Automotive interest group at AIA, summarised the possibilities for mutual partnership and shared insights on how companies across the globe are cutting Life Cycle costs,increasing Productivity, enhancing Functional Safety and ensuring complete Visualisation thru e-Manufacturing.

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        1:30 PM13:30

        Pharma Tech


        The 21st century is seeing a paradigm shift for Indian Manufacturing industry. Companies looking at local markets are now aiming to be connected with Global markets. "To reach out to newer markets and alliances and business opportunities, company's are faced with the hard fact that unless they improve their return on investments, comply with tough regulatory norms and enhanced safety requirements, they will miss the mark" said Mr J P Singh, President, Automation Industry Association(AIA), while speaking at PharmaTech 2008.

        PharmaTech 2008, was organised by the Automation Industry Association, to demonstrate to the Indian Pharmaceutical industry about the benefits of leveraging cutting edge automation technologies and responding to the emerging business environment. The symposium brought together leading Automation process & solution providers on a common platform, discussing industry specific challenges of operational excellence, global regulatory and certification requirement, integrated performance management, manufacturing and automation risks and return on assets.

        The Indian Pharmaceutical market which today stands at fourth largest in terms of volume and thirteenth in terms of value has achieved over 7% growth, making its presence felt in the global market primarily through its focus on global generics markets. With many governments encouraging the shift to generics on the back of rising pressure on healthcare budgets, coupled with a significant number of drugs going off patent, Indian pharma companies are now pursuing aggressive strategies to foray new and under-served markets such as Japan, South Africa, EU and CIS countries and Latin America. The Indian Biotech industry too has crossed US$ 2 billion and is projected to be US$ 5 billion by year 2010. While automation started and progressed slowly in Pharmaceutical Industry, it has come to play an increasingly important role in keeping the industry moving ahead.

        "Pharma companies are likely to take different steps forward as they reshape their strategies and infrastructure to prepare for future developments, but the starting point has to be the vision of where the company wants to be in 10 to 15 years time and how this will impact manufacturing methods and practices' said Mr Venkat Jasti, Chairman Pharmexcil & VC CEO Suven Life Sciences Limited.

        "Companies which earlier were competing with each other with stand-alone equipment, lower production costs, and a market scenario where markets were defined by products are now looking at a new era in manufacturing. Competition is today in terms of value chains, with a lot more emphasis on time and delivery cost to market. Manufacturing firms have to look at a scenario where they have to sense the customers need and respond immediately. Integrated automation in this situation has become a must rather than a mere requirement" added Mr Singh.

        Operational effectiveness, profit pressures require manufacturing to contribute and the industry has to work together to enable a compliant manufacturing environment that delivers product to plan with minimal cost and risk. The role of automation technologies is thus crucial in facilitating processes that enable measurement and control, ensure optimum efficiency and increase productivity. Automation is also the key in maintaining consistency & quality and conforming to safety, environmental and a host of other stringent regulatory standards.

        "Automation is required to unlock full value of the Business Chain by connecting plant floor to business system , and connectivity to the business system from R&D, through Clinical trial to Commercial Manufacturing" continued Mr Jasti.

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        Program Details


        Welcome Address by J P Singh, President, AIA

        Automation enabled global business integration by VENKAT JASTI, Chairman, PHARMEXCIL and VC & CEO, Suven Life Sciences Ltd.

        Automation Strategy for Integrated lines in Bulk API industry by DEBADEEP MUKHERJEE, Associate Director, Dr Reddys

        Enabling operational excellence through automation by SATHI KANNAN, Marketing Director, Emerson Process Management

        Emerging trends in Biopharma and benefits of automation by DR. A.P.KARIATH, President, Biozeen

        Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Guidelines by RAMESH P LALA, Director, Klenzaids Contamination Controls (P) Ltd.

        User experience in deploying automation for implementing PAT by UDAYKUMAR K. RAKIBE, Director (QA), Ranbaxy

        Automation solutions with GAMP compliance by PHILIPP ZUMOBERHAUS, Head Engineering, Endress+Hauser Product Center Process Solutions, Switzerland

        User Case Study – Driving process decisions through automation by Dr. VIKRAM PARADKAR, VP Process Development, Reliance Lifesciences

        Business Process Improvement by ANTHONY V SOLLAZO, Lifesciences Solutions Manager, Rockwell, Asia Pacific

        Track and Trace for e-pedigree compliance by ARUN T. DIVAKARAN, Domain Consultant (Pharma Manufacturing), Siemens Information Systems Ltd.

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        Automative Tech Mumbai 2007

        “Automation - The Next Enabler to Global Competitiveness in Automotive Industry” 


        Against the backdrop of The Automotive Mission Plan, AMP 2016, and the emerging synergy amongst all stakeholders, Automation India Association, AIA, hosted this Industry Vertical Summit for the AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.

        The summit was organized around 3 major themes – Digital Manufacturing, Plant Safety and Reliability, and Manufacturing Execution Systems.

        Each theme was deliberated upon by eminent speakers representing user’s perspective, automation technology perspective and an integrator’s view. The consensus was that to achieve the target of US$ 145 billion output that this industry has set for itself as a global hub we must also recognize the accompanying challenges in the face of consolidation, globalization, and likely over-capacity. The strategic intent that emerged as a result of the global and local experience sharing was to recognize the role of Industrial Automation as the next key enabler for “Global Competitiveness in Automotive Manufacturing in:

        • Achieving higher margins by creating effective global scale, collaborative manufacturing and supply infrastructure
        • Implementing rapid Manufacturing and Delivery processes assuring the right product, at the right time, and at the right quality

        AIA’s AutomotiveTech 2007 Summit in Mumbai brought together the Automotive fraternity – OE Manufacturers, allied equipment manufacturers,1st Tier Suppliers, and connected them with the Automation industry experts.

        Speaking at the inaugural session, JP Singh, President AIA, spoke about the special and exciting role that automation has in manufacturing and infrastructure, which is opening up new career prospects. Pilloo Aga and Ranjan Sen, both representing ACMA highlighted the urgency to look at automation as an enabler for implementing flexible and lean manufacturing systems. Leena Pandey, SIAM, shared the investment climate, stating that 15 billion dollars investments have already been announced, and India is well on the road to becoming a global manufacturing hub. Summarising the seminar theme, Vijay Paranjape, EC member, AIA, invited the delegates to take the discussion forward after the seminar, and form teams so that we can apply global best practices in our automotive assembly and auto component manufacturing plants. “The automation industry is fully committed to support you”, he concluded.

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        Program Details:


        Welcome Address by JP SINGH, President, Automation Industry Association

        Manufacturing practices in globally connected businesses by Mrs PILLOO C AGA, EC Member, ACMA & RANJAN SEN

        Automation: To increase Productivity & Manufacturing Competitiveness by Ms LEENA PANDEY, Associate Director, SIAM

        A Curtain Raiser to Automotive Tech 2007 by VIJAY V PARANJAPE, EC Member, Automation Industry Association

        Role of Robotics & Automation and Challenges in implementation by Dr RANJIT ARUN DATE, President & JMD, PARI

        Flexible Automation and Lean Manufacturing by KM KARANDIKAR, AGM, Tata Motors Limited

        Digital Manufacturing - Concept to Implementation by B KRISHNAN, Regional Manager, South Asia Pacific, Dassault Systems

        Benefits of automated plant safety and reliability by NAGARAJ BANAJI, GM, Motor Industries Company Limited

        Integrated safety and security in machine controllers by TSUYOSHI MOGI, Specialist (Safety Technology), Mitsubishi Electric

        Relevance of Global Plant Safety Standards by VIKRAM JAISINGHANI, VP, Cummins India Limited

        Business Value and ROI from MES implementation by SUHAS MHASKAR, Dy GM (IT), Mahindra and Mahindra Limited

        Enhancing Productivity with MES by ROBERTO GIAVAZZI, Specialist, Automotive MES, Siemens AG

        Integration with Tier 1 suppliers by ANIRUDDHA KADKOL, Project Manager - MSEA, Tata Technologies Limited


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        Automation & Instrumentation India 2007 Exhibition

        AIA member-companies showcased unique solutions at the 'Automation & Instrumentation India 2007 Exhibition' to facilitate process manufacturing and consumer industries in India become more globally competitive. The exhibition organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at Pragati Maidan in the Capital, focused on asset management, information integration, quality control, regulatory and safety compliance among other related issues. AIA Director, Anup Wadhwa explored areas of cooperation with ACMA representatives.

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        January 2007, Mumbai

        AIA Founder Member Sunil Khanna spoke about the challenge that auto manufacturers are facing today. Though there are certainly a number of automation and information technology solutions available, the automobile supply chain is still full of hurdles when it comes to passing information from ancillary units to the shop floor. If it takes just 72 hours to actually build and assemble a car in the manufacturer's shop floor why does it take 6 weeks for most cars to get delivered to the show room once the order is placed?

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        November 2006, Mumbai

        Key decision makers from different industries, suppliers of automation systems and enterprise solutions, and other stakeholders such as engineering consultants and policy makers deliberated, discussed, shared experiences, and formulated strategies to succeed in these challenging but opportune times. JP Singh, AIA President outlined the strategy being pursued by AIA.

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        ITAMMA Seminar 2006

        This Seminar was designed for ITAMMA members. About 75 delegates represented metal and plastic component manufacturing for the textile industry explored the benefits of making strategic investments in automation technology. Vikram Singh, AIA facilitator, supported by Piyush Sheth made a lucid presentation.


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        Tex Tech 2006


        Indian Textile Industry is on the march again and is being looked at as a " Sunrise" industry with tremendous global potential. Few are aware that with US$ 16 Billion of exports and US$ 30 Billion of domestic textile and apparel market in 2005, Indian textile and apparel industry is one of the largest in the world. Process Automation has been at low key in the Textile Industry of the past. But, now with globalization and competition, process automation is emerging as a Key enabler for the success of the Indian Textile Industry.

        In order to create greater awareness of benefits of process automation, AIA organized a one-day seminar at Ahmedabad- one of the leading textile centres in India. AIAs initiative was backed with the support of the Key Industry Associations, TAI, CITI, TMMAI, ITAMMA, leading Industry Captains, Consultants and R&D Houses. 

        Over 100 delegates from various Textile Companies, Automation and Machine experts and policy influencers attended this Seminar and benefitted from the extensive experience, learning and discussions. 

        Delivering the keynote address, Shri Shekhar Aggarwal, Chairman, CITI, said "The Indian Textile Industry should not under-estimate the magnitude of the challenge posed by global competition. For one thing, replacing the existing machines with machinery incorporating state-of–the-art Control, Instrumentation and Automation systems will require huge investments. Cost- effective solutions would need to be devised for the industry to survive in the face of globalization. Replacing existing production machinery with microprocessor based electronic systems may help in achieving the desired level of automation at affordable costs." 

        Speaking at the inaugural session, the chief guest, Shri Nayan Parikh, Convenor Textile Panel, CII, Gujarat stressed on the need to communicate tangible benefits of automation. AIA President Shri JP Singh announced that it will facilitate any "Automation related Action Group" that supports and sustains a concerted initiative to make Indian Textile Industry more productive and value driven.

        Program Details


        Opening Remarks & Sharing of AIA Vision by JP Singh, President, Automation Industry Association

        Keynote address - Automation in Textiles for Global Challenges by Shekhar Agarwal, Chairman, CITI

        Increasing productivity through automation by Harish Chatterjee, Works Director, Raymond Textiles

        Improving plant efficiency and quality in polyester manufacturing using automation by Anil Kelkar, Chief - Group Manufacturing - Polyester, Reliance Industries

        Leveraging automation for optimising business performance by Rajiv Ranjan, President (Textiles), Mafatlal Industries

        Statistical process control for global Textile markets by John Mc Combs, Rockwell, USA

        Intelligent Power Management by Ryouichi Yamaoka, Mitsubishi Electric, Japan

        Innovations in Variable Frequency Drive applications by Priteesh Mahajan, ABB India

        Automation in ring spinning machines by Virender Oberoi, GM Mktg,, KTTM

        Automation enabled material transport systems by Laxmikant Rathi, Product Head,, ATE Marketing

        Value based criteria for maximising ROI of automation investment by Shriniwas Gondhalekar, Dean (Operations), Welingkar Institute of Management















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        Food Tech 2006


        At Food Tech 2006, a symposium organized by Automation Industry Association of India (AIA), leading Indian and international experts from the Food & Beverage sector and Automation specialists emphasized the increasing role of Industrial Automation technologies in helping Indian companies raise standards and become more globally competitive.

        Calling for 'early adoption', to cater to the burgeoning domestic middle class and a growing export requirement, the Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, Subodh Kant Sahai, commented, "The relevance of Food Tech 2006 needs to be viewed in the light of enormous opportunity that global technology provides to India's food processing industry." He stressed on the need to move fast in adopting technologies. 

        In his opening remarks, J.P. Singh, President AIA said, "The Food & Beverage Industry has been declared as a 'priority sector' and is amongst the fastest growing sectors in India today. Given the enormous demand potential, changing socio-cultural complexion and inherent agricultural strengths of India, the food & beverage industry has a golden opportunity to leverage automation technologies and attain global standards. As bigger players optimize economies of scale it is equally important for small scale sector to adopt modern technologies in order to attain better quality standards and establish a strong imprint of Brand India." 

        The event attracted 100 delegates. The deliberations brought out the important role automation technologies play in enhancing quality, productivity, safety and consistency. Presentations from industry leaders and users of Automation technologies, such as Nestle, NDDB, KRBL, HLL, UB and EID Parry highlighted value of industrial automation to manufacturers of Milk, Milk Products, Rice, Beverages, Sugar and other food items. AIA welcomes your suggestions for partnership in enhancing the competitiveness of the Food Processing Industry.

        Program Details

        Automation to ensure Global Compliance on Quality by P L Kaul, President, All India Food Processors Association

        Leveraging automation to enhance brand value in a global economy by Laxman Bhargava, Sr VP, United Breweries

        Business impact through Automation - the strategic equation by Krishna Mohan, Plant Head, HLL Foods

        Intelligent sensing - key to Quality Production by VK Ghoda, GM - Dairy Plant, Kaira District Co-operative

        Process Management for higher Yield and improved Quality by Ashok Chand, CEO, KRBL Rice Mill

        Tech Session 1 - Automation trends in Breweries by Claude Pfeiffer, Manager (F&B Competence Centre), Siemens, Germany

        Tech Session 2 - Processed Foods Safety - Tracking & Tracing solutions by Divya Prakash, Leader Food Industry Applications, Rockwell Automation, USA

        Tech Session 3 - Real-time integration to manage plant performance by Sathi Kannan, Regional Mgr(Advanced Solutions), Emerson, Singapore

        Role of Automation to meet global competition in the Sugar Industry by JJ Bhagat, Mission Director, Sugar Technology Mission

        Business impact through Automation - the Sweet experience by M.Murugesan, General Manager, EID Parry

        Leveraging Automation for global acceptance by Rakesh Verma, Chief Engineer, South Asia, Nestle


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        Paper Tech 2005


        The first of these is planned on the Pulp & Paper industry. Paper Tech 2005 is scheduled for Monday 11th July 2005 at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad. The forum will provide a common platform for information and knowledge sharing on the development and deployment of automation technologies across users, consultants and technology providers.

        The event showcased the latest trends and global best practices across the paper industry, regardless of the size or scale of operation. Industry leaders shared their experiences of how automation technologies are playing a key role in their premier organizations and contributing to their success stories and future vision. The technical sessions were 'vendor neutral' and focussed on industry specific challenges like optimization, leveraging automation, quality control and energy efficiency.

        Program Details


        Increasing Relevance of Automation in the Indian Paper Industry by Pradeep Dhobale, Chief Executive (Papers Division), ITC Ltd.

        Market Overview - Indian Paper Sector by Kasi Vishwanathan, President (Operations), Seshasayee Paper & Boards Ltd

        Tech Session 1 - Leveraging Automation by Ajay Kumar, Regional Director, Rockwell

        Tech Session 2 - Optimization by Ashish Gaikwad, Honeywell

        Tech Session 3 - Quality Control by Hakan Nytorp, ABB

        Tech Session 4 - VFD by Chirag Shah, L&T

        Benefits of Automation The JK experience by OP Goyal, Director, JK Paper

        Case Study Benefits of Digester Automation by CN Sudarshan, Chief Manager, Seshasayee Paper & Boards

        An OEM perspective by CS Panigrahi, CEO, Voith Ltd.

        Case Study QCS experience by Victor Anandaraj, Manager, TNPL

        Plenary Address – Leveraging automation for higher productivity and efficiency by RR Vederah, Joint MD, BILT

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        Metal Tech 2005

        AIA organised Metal Tech 2005

        As India integrates itself with the world economy, Indian industry is also in the process of transcending geographical borders and fast coming to terms with the fact that 'factor advantages' are only one part of the story. The 'real and sustainable' advantage to earn a place in the international arena will be 'competitiveness' in the form of a 'complete value proposition'. This proposition encompasses several key parameters including price, quality, productivity, efficiency, aesthetics, delivery systems etc. State-of-the-art automation technologies have a vital role to play in enabling these.

        Metals & Minerals is among the fastest growing sectors in India today. Along with new capacities and expansions, there is an increasing focus on productivity and efficiency. In keeping with its primary mission of increasing knowledge and awareness levels and helping Indian industry to leverage cutting-edge automation technologies, AIA organised Metal Tech 2005, as part of its series of industry-specific seminars. 

        The forum provided a common platform for information and knowledge-sharing on the development and deployment of automation technologies and showcased the latest trends and global practices across the Metals & Minerals sector. Industry leaders shared their experiences on how technologies are playing a key role in their premier organisations, contributing to their success and guiding their future vision. Technology providers presented some of the latest technologies on offer and delegates got an opportunity to listen to the OEM and consultant perspective as well.


        Increasing Relevance of Automation in the Indian Metal Industry by Dr. B.N. Singh, JMD & CEO, JSW Steel

        Benefits of Automation - the Aluminium experience by A. Ray, Director, NALCO

        Leveraging Automation in Steel production by D Sengupta, Vice-President, Tata Steel Ltd.

        Technological Developments in Cold Rolling Mills by S Avhad, General Manager, Flat Products Equipments Ltd.

        Enhancing Efficiency & Productivity by Helmut Langlotz, ABB, Germany

        Automation for Non-ferrous Metals by Neil Freeman, Global Consultant, Honeywell - USA

        Using Real-time Performance Mgt. Systems by Abraham Samson, Head, Engg and Software Systems, Larsen & Toubro

        A consultant's view point by G K Jha, Director, MN Dastur & Co

        Automation benefits for a mid-size metal producer by O P Gupta, President, Project & Engg Services, Usha Martin Ltd.

        An OEM Perspective by Dr. Michael Jansen, SMS Demag Germany

        Benefits of Automation - on the tin trail by B L Raina, Managing Director, Tinplate Co. of India Ltd.

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