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.
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