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Design of Fixtures Specialization

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Design of Fixtures Specialization

The six-day training program on Design of Fixtures Specialization was conducted in Gurgaon by IMTMA Design Institute from February 13-18.

The course was structured with introduction to Fixture Design basics to final design. Design of fixture is key to effective utilization of machine tools. Basics of fixture design if not implemented correctly results in poor productivity & quality problems. Set-up time and cycle time reduction, increased accuracy on components, deskilling the job setting operation are the obvious advantages of a good fixture. Competence in right fixture differentiates excellent organizations.

During the six days, a complete process of fixture design was carried out from concept to finish design. Pre-design activities like design input, conceptualization, process planning, accuracy consideration, cycle time estimation, POKAYOKE, 3D modeling of parts and assembly, using popular design CAD tools and preparing the final manufacturing drawings. Design for Accuracy, Manufacturing and Assembly will be addressed during the course. It was highly interactive and hands on training session and covers entire 360° view on all types of fixture design aspects.

Topics Covered

1st Day - Mr. S.K Gupta ? Consultant Topics delivered by him were Introduction to Jigs and Fixtures, Types of Fixtures, Process related eg. Machining, Welding, Assembly, Types of Fixtures ? Manual, Hydraulic, & Pneumatic. Key factors and Technical features, Basics of fixture design, design process for Fixturing, Basic elements of fixtures, Materials and Manufacturing process for the elements.

2nd Day - Mr. S.K Gupta and Mr. Rahul Vylen ? Topics delivered ? Modular Concepts of Fixtures, Standard elements of Fixtures, safety features, Cost effectiveness while designing, Trouble shooting of fixtures, Machining Process and elated CNC Machines Case Studies / Training of Solid works.

3rd and 4th Day - Mr. Rahul Vylen and Mr. Deepak Kumar Ravilla ? Topics Covered Introduction to Fixture Clamping elements and selection process, application, advantage etc. Further a Hydraulic Fixturing was designed considering an automobile component as a case study.

5th Day ? Participants were taken to Industry visit in Tokai Engineering Private Limited ? Where participants were have closely observed ? Assembly Fixtures, Inspection Fixtures, Welding Fixtures and Machining Fixtures.

6th Day ? Mr. Avinash Khare - Topics covered - Introduction and conceptualization to BIW, Assembly, Welding and Inspection fixtures along with case studies.

A total of 10 candidates nominated from Artech Welders, Global Autotech Limited, Lucy Switchgear FZE, Rolls- Royce India Pvt Ltd, Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. Pvt. Ltd, Tata Motors Limited, Variational Technologies Pvt. Ltd. attended the training program.

Delegate Speak

  • It has been a very enriching experience covering a wide range of fixture design specialization.
  • The Faculty members have been quite friendly and encouraging and have kept us upto date with the recent advancements. ? Mr. Danduram Soren
  • Training was very helpful to upgrade my knowledge ? Mr. Prashant Bele

Machine Tool Design - MECHANICAL

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Machine Tool Design - MECHANICAL

In the second batch of the 48-day training programme was held from Nov. 14, 2016 to Jan 10, 2016 and 26 budding engineers were trained in designing of a turning center, at the IMTMA Design Institute, BIEC, Bangalore.

The training programmes were conducted by more than 25 industrial experts, who supported the trainees and enhanced their skills in their respective areas of expertise.


A visit to Ace Designers and Ace Foundry was also arranged during the program and was a value addition to their course.

Camworks, an evolved software an extension of SolidWorks by Geometric ltd, was sponsored to Design Institute, was of extreme support to evolve the prototype - turning center as per customer specifications.

With the candidates primarily being fresh graduates, 70% of the candidates were offered placements by various companies, stating from SSI to MNCs. They were inducted into companies like, Strategy Automation, Ace Designers, Craftsmans? Automation, Conceptia, Shesha Tool and others.

Defects Analysis of Paint & Powder Coating Applications

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Defects Analysis of Paint & Powder Coating Applications

In today's manufacturing scenario, where shortage of raw material, power and increasing pressure to reduce costs are the order of the day, 'Painting / Coating application' is possibly the most troubled issue. While we are nearly at par with global standards in metal working, we definitely lack in finishing and Powder Coating Applications operations. The stark difference is visible when it comes to exporting our goods. Lack of knowledge in Defect Analysis especially in painting / powder coating and Buck passing between paint or powder suppliers versus equipment suppliers lead to high rework and rejection rates. Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a 2 day programme on Defects Analysis of Paint & Powder Coating Applications on 22 - 23 September 2016 at Gurgaon.

The programme focused on :

  • Paint  Film Defects, Root Causes and Remedies
  • Basics of Paints / Coatings
  • Types & Importance of Pretreatment before Paint / Coatings applications & their types
  • Basics of Paint / Coatings Spray Applications, Paint Spray Techniques
  • Paint Application Techniques, How to improve the transfer efficiency
  • Quality Control  / Quality Assurance
  • Shelf life, storage and safety aspects
  • Disposal of paints and media
  • How to read the specifications
  • Case studies from engineering industries
  • Group discussion and presentation

The programme was conducted by Mr. Meghan Manjrekar, Industry expert in Surface Coating & Application Technology. Mr. Manjrekar is a Qualified Paint Technologist & has over 30 years of experience in the domain. He is a certified International Coating Inspector ? SSPC (USA) PCI Level 2. As a Consultant, he has an impressive list of Customers with OEMs & MNCs on his list. He has been in the Training domain in the subject for over 10 years & has delivered special courses as well as, in-house courses for industry in India & Abroad.

The programme was highly interactive and participants were able to solicit guidance on specific technical issues from the expert faculty. Delegates from BHEL, ColorJet India, ERDA, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, Fluid Logic Systems, Hydac India, Knorr-Bremse India, Lohia Corp, Mahle Filter Systems India, Minda Kyoraku, MKU, TI Cycles of India, Varpar International, Varroc Engineering, Varroc Polymers & WILO Mather & Platt Pumps attended the training programme.

Machine Tool Design - ELECTRICAL

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Machine Tool Design - ELECTRICAL


The training programme on Machine Tool Design ? Electircal was conducted from 26 September to 22 October 2016, IMTMA Technology Centre, BIEC, Bangalore.

A complete design of CNC machine was carried out. Electrical circuit design, control panel design, introduction to PLC programing & ladder diagram, selection of electrical switch gears will be prominently discussed during the course. Selection of controller, motors and drives, machine data entry for machine customization, and hands-on experience during the course with design exercise was carried out.

Programme was conducted by several industrial experts including Mrs H N Uma an ex HMT from R & D with more than 25 years of experience and Mr Ulhas Fegade, Manager at Kennametal with more than 2 decades of Industry expertise. Faculties were also invited for the respective industries such as Dbson, Siemens, Fanuc and Mitsubishi electric.

Presentations included topics like Introduction to CNC machine tools, Introduction to CNC Machine tools, Electrical Switchgear elements, Motor circuits- Hands on training, Controller selection for the machine, Selection of Motor and drives, Electrical switch gear elements, Introduction to PLC programming & Ladder diagram, Fundamentals of Electrical circuit design, ACAD Training, Design of Electrical Panel / Cabinet / Operator pendent., Machine Interfacing & Commissioning. Design exercise for a complete machine. This training program also included industrial visit to Kennametal India Limited and BFW.

This event saw participation of 17 delegates as individuals and one from Yuken India.

Design of Fixture ? Specialization

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Design of Fixture ? Specialization


The Design of Fixture ? Specialization was conducted from 17 to 22 October 2016, at the BIEC Bangalore.

Jigs and Fixtures are the economical means to produce repetitive works / components by incorporating special work holding & tool guiding devices. Since the machine and its movements are fully under CNC control, the machine repeats the position of tool on the component. Job is programmed as per component drawing and no guidance is required as opposed to jig in drilling machine.

Hence Design of fixture being a key to effective utilization of machine tools, basics of fixture design if not implemented correctly results in poor productivity & quality problems. Set-up time and cycle time reduction, increased accuracy on components, deskilling the job setting operation are the obvious advantages of a good fixture.

The program included a session by Mr. SK Gupta, an industry design expert, on the basics of fixture design, design considerations for fixture design, necessity of fixture, types of fixture, design calculations for cutting forces, clamping forces and diamond pin etc.

On the second day, delegates were trained on SOLIDWORKS part modelling and assembly modelling so that they can work on real time fixture design exercise.

On the third and fourth day, Mr. Deepak Ravilla, Manager, Fixture division, Kennametal, carried out a complete process of fixture design from concept to finish design. Pre-design activities like design input, conceptualization, process planning, accuracy consideration, cycle time estimation, POKAYOKE, 3D modeling of parts and assembly, It was a highly interactive and hands on training session which covered complete fixture design aspects and a visit to Widma for a practical exposure on machining fixtures.

On the final day, Mr. Avinash Khare, Head of Pune IMTMA Tech center, gave an introduction and conceptualization to BIW, assembly, welding and inspection fixtures along with case studies.

On the last day the delegates visited Bosch industry to get in an insight on Assemble, Welding and Inspection fixtures.