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Achieving Manufacturing Excellence

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, says B. Santhanam, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd. “Future factories may look more like those of weavers’ cottages than Ford assembly lines.”

K. Nandakumar, President, Automation Industry Association, says 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.”

Mr Santhanam, Mr Nandakumar and other eminent speakers shared their vision, success stories, insights and inspiration with leaders in the Manufacturing Industry. AIA knitted together the theme as the Knowledge Partner of the Conference  “Achieving Manufacturing Excellence & Increased Return on Investment through Industrial Automation” organised by CII Southern Region at the Hotel Park Sheraton on 25th August 2012.

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Welcome and Theme Address

Ms Uma Balakrishnan
Chairperson, CII -SR, Industrial Automation Conference and CEO, Axcend Automation & Software Solutions

Special Address – Industrial Growth, Holistic Development and Automation

Mr K Nandakumar
President, AIA &
CMD, Chemtrols Industries Limited

Keynote Address – Business Leadership, Manufacturing Excellence and Automation Mr B Santhanam
Dy Chairman, CII-SR & MD, Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd

Session-I: Exploring an Automation Strategy

Understanding strategic relevance  of industrial automation investments in driving manufacturing excellence

Mr N Ramachandran
Past President, ELCINA &
Managing Director
MEL Systems & Services Ltd.

Holistic approach to address old & new plants with varied pedigree of plant equipment, control technologies and people skills.

Mr R K Raina
GM – Projects
Bayer Crop Science

Best practices and global standards in the Automation Industry

Mr Vijay Srinivasan
Past President
Automation Industry Association

Financial exploration and ROI / EVA expectation from a chosen strategy Mr V Ramanathan
General Manager – Operations
Wabco India Limited

Session –II (a): Sectoral Case Studies

Implementing Lean Manufacturing for higher throughput

Mr Manish Ramakrishnan
Head - Mechatronics
Ashok Leyland Ltd

Integrated Control and Supervision of Manufacturing Facility

Mr B K Shashikumar
Dy. General Manager
Bharat Electronics Limited

Industrial Solutions - from Sensors to Services

Mr Amit Verma
Country Marketing Manager
Microsoft Embedded Systems
Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Session –II (b): Sectoral Case Studies

Regulatory compliance and benefits of Manufacturing transparency through Automation systems

Mr Manoj Kumar Lal
Asst Vice President
Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Good practices in energy management and efficient execution with Automation

Mr Shibu George
Project Head (Electrical & Electronics)
Apollo Tyres Limited

Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems in Lean assembly
Mr A Suresh
Assistant GM – PPC
TVS Motor Ltd
(supported by Hitech Robotic Systemz Ltd)



ARC Hyderabad Forum 2012

AIA President spoke at ARC's Tenth India Forum

The AIA President delivered the keynote address at the ARC Forum on July 6, at Hyderabad on the theme ' Transforming Industry and Infrastructure Keynote Presentations.


AIA President Speaks at 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

Sr. No. Name Company Location
1 Nitin Nair Siemens Ltd.
2 Sadashiv Lad
Messung Systems Pvt. Ltd. Pune
3 Uma Balakrishnan
Axcend Automation & Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore
4 P V Sivaram
B & R Industrial Automation
5 P Gopalakrishnan
Emergys Software Pvt. Ltd.
6 Naresh Kantoor
Encon Systems International
7 Manoj Dunung
Festo Controls Pvt. Ltd.
8 Sunil Raibagi
Gudel India Pvt. Ltd.
9 Bipin Jirge
IFM Electronic India
10 Jayendran Balasubramanian
NextFirst Engineering Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Bangalore
11 Pradeep Arora Turck India Automation Pvt. Ltd.
12 Nominee Awaited PARI Pune

If you are an active user, researcher or a related subject matter expert, we shall be interested in getting your needs and ideas across to these members. Please write in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


SME India Outlook 2011

10th February 2011 | Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach

‘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.

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Program Details

Name Designation, Company Presentation - Click to Download
V Srinivasan Managing Director, India Subcontinent, Invensys India Pvt. Ltd. Achieving Operational Excellence in Manufacturing

K Nandakumar

Vice President, Chemtrols Industries Ltd available soon...
D Hambardikar
Messung Systems Pvt. Ltd.
available soon...
Milind Kulkarni
A&D Division, Siemens Limited available soon...


ARC's Sixth India Forum

July 23-25, 2009 - Hyderabad, India

Paper on Automation Systems Help You Drive Performance and Emerge Best-in-Class presented by Sunil Khanna, President, Automation Industries Association (AIA) and Managing Director, Emerson Process Management India


Workshop on Process Control Instrumentation and Process Optimization in Fertiliser Industry, Bengaluru Thursday, 23 rd July 2009

(Knowledge Partner : Automation Industry Association (AIA)


Automation & Instrumentation India 2007 Exhibition

Feb 2007, New Delhi

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.


Jan 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?


Nov 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.


November 2006, Ahemdabad

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.