Ascension of India into the New Era of Manufacturing Hinges on Adoption of Best-in-Class Automation Solutions and Practices, Notes Frost & Sullivan

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 12:30 hrs

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India:The Industrial Automation and Process Control Practice of Frost & Sullivan recently concluded its ‘India Industrial Technologies Summit’, an annual forum focused on highlighting evolving discrete industry imperatives. This edition of the Industrial Technologies Summit, held in Bangalore, exclusively focused on the Discrete Manufacturing Segment.

Mr. Niju V, Director, Industrial Automation and Process Control Practice, Frost & Sullivan, set the agenda for the day by sharing Frost & Sullivan’s vision for India’s manufacturing future and mega trends that could positively impact Indian market players in his opening address. This was followed by the keynote address delivered by Mr. Ajay Shankar, Member Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council wherein he highlighted India’s manufacturing competitiveness and its formidable position as compared to other developed and emerging economies.

“Integration of manufacturing with business is bringing about a paradigm shift. Seen in the context of an evolving industrial landscape — focused on increasing productivity and efficiency, lowering emissions, and simultaneously maintaining high levels of safety — there are opportunities and challenges in equal measure. These formidable challenges do not differ significantly from those faced and addressed by India’s global counterparts. Therefore, in order to expedite achievement of the nation’s manufacturing goals, it is essential to capitalize on automation technologies. It is in this endeavor that customization of global best-in-class solutions and practices suited to meet the needs of Indian manufacturers would play a crucial role,” noted Niju.

As a testament to this exigent need, case studies and presentations by several leading organizations, such as Ashok Leyland, Bharat Electronics, and L&T-Komatsu, highlighted how some best practices and techniques could be adapted to bring about improvements in operational excellence and help deliver competitive advantage to Indian manufacturers.

Mr. Sunil Mehta, GM, Technical (Factory Automation and Industrial Division), Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. Limited noted, “Today, automation is playing a key role across manufacturing industries. Consider automotive, textile, pharmaceutical, packaging, and printing — all these industries are undergoing major reforms. In the manufacturing sector, majorly driven by the automotive industry, technologies such as Ethernet, wireless technology, human machine interface, etc. are the need of the hour. Over the last couple of years, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have captured the mindshare of several end users, bringing about a need to implement MES in the right perspective. Fortunately, India has some very good small and large IT companies. And, if these companies and automation control solutions providers work collaboratively, it will definitely lead to development of an excellent integrated platform.”

Vivek Marwaha, Director Marketing, Siemens PLM Software India, stated, “As Indian manufacturers strive for competitive advantage in an increasingly challenging global market, a robust Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) backbone can really help them, irrespective of their size, to make smarter decisions across the product lifecycle. This would result in better products and long-term success. We take this opportunity to thank Frost & Sullivan for bringing together various stakeholders in the manufacturing industry in India to discuss current challenges and define the way forward for the industry.”

Pradeep Karnik, Managing Director, OMRON Automation India Private Limited, shared his insight, “Over the past 50 years, significant evolution has been witnessed in the controllers segment. Explosion of applications within the industry continues to challenge the functionality of controllers, fostering further innovation. Manufacturing demands performance in terms of throughput, yield, and uptime the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) model. Moreover, Indian manufacturers are always pushing for greater accuracy and lower costs, while maintaining world-class levels of quality and safety. These factors are key drivers for technologies that can handle applications requiring high levels of synchronization and determinism. They enable integration of multiple technologies stretching across the boundaries of motion, vision, logic, and interface; all without sacrificing performance. We at OMRON are confident about working with Indian organizations in their pursuit toward emerging as the world’s leading manufacturers.”

The Summit, which had over 100 delegates from diverse verticals such as automotive, electronics, textiles, machine tools, food and beverage and others, concluded with a panel discussion that deliberated on key imperatives for Indian manufacturers and the role played by solution providers.

Discussing the outcome of the panel discussion, Arunkumar Janarthanan, Industry Manager, Industrial Automation and Process Control Practice, Frost & Sullivan, noted, “The Indian manufacturing industry, in its pursuit to achieve manufacturing excellence, depends on global and Indian solution providers to deliver solutions that would help customers gain a competitive advantage at an affordable cost, taking into account the unique imperatives and constraints of Indian manufacturers.”

The Vision Partner supporting the Summit was Mitsubishi Electric India Private Limited (MEI) and the Knowledge Partners were Omron Automation Private Limited and Siemens. Media Partners supporting the Summit were Automation and Controls Today, A&D India, AutoMonitor,, Industry2.0, and Manufacturing Today.

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