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TOPS-8D-Structured method of problem solving for engineering industries

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TOPS-8D-Structured method of problem solving for engineering industries
25th to 26th November 2014, Pune

Critical, complex problems arising everyday from cross-functional disciplines in the work environment can wreck havoc and affect your bottom-line big time if the root cause is not identified quickly and correctly. The problems usually persist and recur periodically failing any preventive actions or due to limitations in problem solving approach of the untrained individual. We often see departments passing the buck across the hallway to get the monkey off their back.

TOPS-8D is a highly structured, problem solving tool perpetuated by FORD and is used by effective managers across the world in problems pertaining to Product/Process Quality as well as non-technical — Management / Marketing zones. Understanding of the data handling and analysis tools included in the TOPS-8D approach can make all the difference.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a two days programme on TOPS-8D-Structured method of problem solving on 25th and 26th November 2014 at Pune.

The programme was conducted by Ms. AlkaPande, a consultant with about 30 years of experience in Automobile & Heavy Engineering Industries in Design, Product development & Quality Assurance areas at an apex level.

Selection, Assembly and Trouble shooting of Linear Motion Guide ways and Ball Screws for Industrial Machinery

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Selection, Assembly and Trouble Shooting of Linear Motion Guide Ways and Ball Screws for Industrial Machinery
22nd November 2014, Gurgaon

Linear Motion Guideways and Ball Screws form one of the critical elements of precision industrial machinery. In latest CNC machines, the speed and accuracy of axis movements required for high speed machining is realized by adopting LM Guide technology. Recirculating Ball screws are available in different configurations and accuracy grades. Proper selection and mounting of these elements is crucial for achieving the desired levels of accuracy on modern machine tools.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a one day training programme on Selection, Assembly and Trouble Shooting of Linear Motion Guide Ways and Ball Screws for Industrial Machinery on 22 November 2014 at Gurgaon. The programme addressed relevant aspects of LM Guideways & Ball Screws right from types, selection criteria, mounting procedure, maintenance and troubleshooting supported with case studies.

The programme was conducted by a former Joint General Manager, HMT (R&D), Bangalore who is an industry expert with over 25 years of rich experience in Design & Development of CNC Machines & Large size Flexible Manufacturing Systems.

Cold Forging / Cold Extrusion Technology

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Cold Forging / Cold Extrusion Technology
20th – 21st November 2014, BIEC, Bangalore

In today’s manufacturing scenario, where shortage of raw materials, power and increasing pressure to reduce costs are the order of the day, ‘Cold Forging’ is possibly the most suitable solution for these pressing issues. Cold forging technology utilizes innovative design coupled with process sequencing to not only reduce costs by utilizing lesser raw material but also imparts greater strength to the component, in addition to increased productivity. The primary advantage is the material savings achieved through precision shapes that require little finishing. Completely contained impressions and extrusion-type metal flow yield draftless, close-tolerance components. Production rates are very high with exceptional die life. However, tool design and manufacture are very critical for reliable production of parts.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a 2 day workshop on Cold Forging / Cold Extrusion Technology on 20 - 21 November 2014 at Bangalore. The programme was conducted by an industrial expert in Cold Forging and Manufacturing Engineering.

IMTMA Finishing School Students Eligible for STAR Scheme: Each to Receive 15K after Clearing the Assessment

One of the requirements of ‘Capital Goods Sector’ is trained manpower. As per NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation), an estimated 12,95,700 people are employed in the ‘Capital Goods Sector’ of which 1,49,500 are in the ‘Machine Tool Industry’. To meet the industry requirements of having skilled manpower for increased productivity the Government of India has initiated several schemes to enhance the skill sets of working professionals as well as students and make them stay tuned with the changing industry requirements.


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The National Skill Certification & Monetary Reward Scheme (STAR Scheme) is one such initiative from NSDC. The objective of the scheme is to encourage skill development for youth to match industry requirements. The scheme aims to encourage standardization in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills, increase productivity of existing workforce and align the training and certification to the needs of the country, and provide monetary awards for skill certification to boost employability and productivity of youth by incentivizing them for skill trainings.

Capital Goods Skills Development Council, one of the 30 such councils set up by NSDC for various industries, is promoted by the Department of Heavy Industries and FICCI. The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) is one of the 17 governing members and has been instrumental in governing and financially aiding the council to function on a PPP model. IMTMA is also represented on its Technical Advisory Body.

At regular intervals IMTMA has been assisting NSDC in organizing workshops of Capital Goods Sector Skills Council to discuss and validate the proposed National Occupational Standards (NOS) for over 54 profiles and job roles needed for the ‘Capital Goods Sector’.

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A similar council by the name of ASDC (Automotive Skill Development Council) is set up by ACMA (Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India), SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), FADA (Federation of Automotive Dealers Association of India) and MOHIPE to complement the existing vocational education system for the entire value chain of the auto industry. IMTMA is an affiliate training partner for ASDC.

IMTMA’s Finishing School has been training fresh engineers who are eligible to start their career in manufacturing industries. Recently, 15 of IMTMA Finishing School candidates took benefit of this opportunity and appeared for the qualifying examination set by Automative Skills Development Council (ASDC) for Machining Technician - Level 4 (Conventional Profile). Nine of them have cleared the assessment and have become eligible to receive a monetary reward of INR 15,000 under the STAR Scheme from the Government of India.

IMTMA’s four week Finishing School programme in Production Engineering provides students and trainee engineers a hands-on experience in production and effective utilization of resources of CNC machines, CAD/CAM, metrology equipment, tooling and work holding systems and other accessories thereby leading to higher productivity.

Companies can benefit by delegating their fresh hires for this industry generic Finishing School programme offered by IMTMA. The programme is offered at IMTMA Technology Centre, Bangalore every two months.

For more details please contact productivity@imtma.in or call 080-66246707.

Idle Time Reduction in Metalworking through Quick changeover techniques

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Idle Time Reduction in Metalworking through Quick changeover techniques
14th November 2014, Pune

The need for idle time reduction through quick changeover / set-up time reduction is becoming significantly important due to increased demand for product variability, reduced product life cycles and the need to reduce inventories, in metal working. The manufacturers must have the ability to produce smaller batch quantities and deliver them more quickly. They must be able to utilize equipment for as many different parts as possible.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a one day programme on “Idle Time Reduction in Metalworking through quick changeover techniques” on 14 November 2014 at Pune. The programme was conducted by Mr. Gautam Doshi, an industry expert with over 25 years of experience in Machine Tool and Automotive industry. He has conducted several training programmes, seminars & workshops on machine tool related subjects.

A total of eight delegates from companies including Linit Exports, Rieter India and Speroni India attended the event.