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.
The manufacturing industry has been 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 keep up the rising performance of the manufacturing industry, it is essential to keep pumping the industries with the required infrastructure. Now more than ever before, industrial enterprises and utilities rely on their control systems to improve their reliability and efficiency.
Automation enables any organisation for its growth and indeed business survival. Flexible, synchronised and efficient production system controlled through benchmarking and shop floor management practices is the way to achieve excellence in manufacturing. Industrial Automation plays a key role in achieving the manufacturing excellence.
With this background, CII Southern Region organised a Conference on Industrial Automation on 25 August 2012 in Chennai. The theme of the Conference is “Achieving Manufacturing Excellence & Increased Return on Investment through Industrial Automation”.
Objective of the Conference is to understand the latest technologies, trends and challenges in understanding the various aspects of industrial automation and process control in manufacturing to drive operational excellence and productivity improvements.
And to connect participants to the key technology players in the sector and the automation manufacturers/solution providers can explore possibilities of meeting the decision makers to create new business models.
The Conference would cover broadly cover the following topics
· Achieving Manufacturing Excellence & Increased Return on Investment through Industrial Automation
· Industrial Growth, Holistic Development and Automation
· Business Leadership, Manufacturing Excellence and Automation
· Exploring an Automation Strategy
· Understanding strategic relevance of industrial automation investments in driving manufacturing excellence
· Holistic approach to address old & new plants with varied pedigree of plant equipment, control technologies and people skills
· Best practices and global standards in the Automation Industry
· Financial exploration and ROI / EVA expectation from a chosen strategy
· Case Studies and Interactive discussion
· Implementing Lean Manufacturing for higher throughput
· Integrated Control and Supervision of Manufacturing Facility
· Industrial Solutions - from Sensors to Services
· Regulatory compliance and Risk mitigation through Automation systems - Case from the ChemPharma Sector
· Good practices in energy management and efficient execution with Automation
· Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems in Lean assembly operations
You will get access to following Knowledge Resources by subscribing to the Digital
Library of this event.