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Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA)

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Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFMA)
 26 - 27 August 2013, IMTMA Technology Centre, BIEC, Bangalore

Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD) are the key elements which make a product successful in the global competitive scenario. Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) is a set of guidelines developed to ensure that a product isdesigned so that it can be easily and efficiently manufactured and assembled with a minimum of effort, time, and cost.

DFMA helps designers to build quality into robust design at least cost. In addition to achieving quicker productdevelopment and reducing cost of product development, DFMA also ensures that the transition from the design phaseto the production phase is as smooth and rapid as possible.

Taking note of the importance of understanding the design guide lines for different manufacturing processes; understand and inculcating the practice of concurrent costing while designing; learning design concepts for achieving Poka Yoke; and for evaluating the design efficiency for assembly operations; Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) hadorganized a two day workshop on this topic, from26thto 27thAugust 2013 at Bangalore.

The training programme was conducted by Dr. N. Ramani& Mr. R. Venkates h from Nettur Technical TrainingFoundation (NTTF), Bangalore. Dr. Ramani is the Principal; while Mr. R. Venkatesh is the Associate Principal of NTTF – Bangalore.

The class room sessions conducted by Dr. Ramani and Mr. R. Venkatesh covered DFM Methodology & practices to be followed for castings, forgings, sheet metal parts, plastic parts, DFM for Environment, DFM for Poka Yoke and concurrent costing. The concepts were reinforced through a demonstration on the DFMA software from Geometric Global by Mr. Prashanta Kumar M. Halakatti from Geometric, Pune.

The event saw participation by 17 delegates representing 6 companies predominantly from South India. The interactive session was also well absorbed by the delegates, who appreciated IMTMA for conducting programmes on topics such as these, which would help budding designers to understand & implement DFM practices in their day-to-day design-related projects.

Roll forming technology and its applications

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Roll forming technology and its applications
 27 August 2013, Pune

Today, Industries are in look out for more complex shapes, tighter tolerances, pre-punching requirements, high tensile material, and so on. Roll forming addresses the above requirements and is becoming more and more popular among the sheet metal forming industries, with its vast applications in sectors like - Aviation, Automotive, Construction, Oil & Gas, Storage, Furniture and many more. Cold roll forming holds an edge over the other production methods as it is a continuous process eliminating stage production, finishing and sub-assembly operations. It also enables production of complex geometrical shapes with better consistency and accuracy with increased strength due to strain hardening.

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In order to address the Roll forming technology, right from design and development of formed products until production practices, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) is organizing a one day seminar on “Roll forming Technology and its applications ” on 27 August 2013 at Pune. 24delegates representing 14 companies participated in the seminar which was conducted by a team of industry experts Mr. Santosh V Subbaiah (Data M Software India Pvt Ltd.), Mr. Abhilash Mohanty (DTL Ancillaries), Mr. U.K Garg(Effimac Equipments Pvt. Ltd.). Including factory visit at DTL Ancillaries.

This seminar is targeted towards Designers of sheet metal parts, Tooling and Machines, Process Engineers, R&D specialists and others involved in sheet metal working, users and manufacturers, from Machine Tool, Automobile & Auto Ancillaries, Consumer durables, White goods, Tool Rooms, Aerospace, Defence & Railway establishments, General Engineering. The course will also help manufacturing personnel to enhance their knowledge base and awareness about the Roll forming technology.

Condition Monitoring of Industrial Machines

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Condition Monitoring of Industrial Machines
 29 - 30 August 2013, IMTMA Technology Centre, BIEC, Bangalore

All the machines in industry need to be maintained for a trouble free service. There are many types of Maintenance strategies. “CONDITION MONITORING” is one of the strategies which can keep the machines in working condition at its highest efficiency and avoid unwanted and costly breakdown. Over a period of time, the “Condition Monitoring” has been evolved in to a very sophisticated science. Condition monitoring is similar to monitoring the BP / Sugar and BMI of humans! While these parameters indicate the healthiness of humans, the Vibration, noise, temperature, current, power consumption etc indicate the condition of the machine. These parameters if recorded and analyzed over a period of time, tell about the condition of the machine and warn a possible failure in future.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) has organized a two day workshop on “Condition Monitoring of Industrial Machines” on 29 - 30August 2013 at Bangalore.

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This programme was conducted by Mr. D B Kulkarni, former Chief of Technology, BFL, Bangalore. He is a post graduate in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and has over 32 years of industrial experience. He has worked in design of rotating machines like electrical machines like motors, generators and hydro-turbines. He has worked in the areas of rotor dynamics, hydrodynamic bearing design, static and dynamic analysis of individual rotor as well as coupled rotor systems. He has worked in the areas of CAD, CAE and FEA. He has rich experience of static and dynamic analysis of static as well as rotating machines. He has attended and solved vibration and thermal related numerous site problems in rotating machines like Motor - Compressor sets, Generator - IC Engine sets and Hydro Turbine - Gear Box - Generator sets. The programme was highly interactive where participants raised questions and solicit feedback from the expert faculty.

Presentations were accompanied by practical demonstrations and case studies. The workshop was highly interactive where participants were able to discuss specific problems in maintenance and troubleshooting with the faculty.

The event saw participation by 14 delegates representing 8 companies predominantly from South India. The interactive session was also well absorbed by the delegates, who appreciated IMTMA for choosing on topics such as these.

Latest trends in Heat Treatment and Advanced Surface Engineering

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Latest trends in Heat Treatment and Advanced Surface Engineering
 30 - 31 August 2013, Pune

Heat Treatment is no longer heating and quenching. Metallurgy is the oldest art and science, today’s knowledge banks and computerized automation has revolutionized this ancient art into a precise science. Heat treatment forms the core of metallurgy - a vital core because today there are more than 12,000 grades of steels, thus forming the basis for judicious materials selection. Also Thin film super hard coatings are getting well-established in various fields with their major physical properties.

The industry today needs clear-cut first-hand knowledge about performing an 'educated' choice when it comes to selecting the right type of surface treatment. From electro-plating to plasma spray / HVOF or plasma nitriding there exists a plethora of choices.

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Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Assoication (IMTMA) is orgainising two day Workshop on Latest trends in Heat treatment and Advance surface engineering on 30 - 31 August 2013 at Pune.
This workshop aims at providing all that is not mentioned in text books nor magazine articles, it is aimed at the very busy executive with or without engineering background to learn how to differentiate between brass and gold -technique wise.at Pune etc. 24delegates representing 13 companies participated in the workshop which was conducted by a industry experts Mr. M.A.K Babi

This workshop will benefit Middle/ senior management team members who are part of Quality Assurance , Design / development CFT's including members from Marketing, procurement , Production, PPC, etc. Particularly useful for people and organizations with Quality System certifications already done and the ones that are looking for consolidation towards build up of a robust system inclusive of all - Product , service and commercial disciplines.

Measuring Productivity through OEE

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Measuring Productivity through OEE
 13 September 2013, Pune

Profitability in any company is determined by efficiency of operation. In lay terms this means how effectively one uses ones production resources.

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a key performance indicator, which measures out of available time how much time is efficiently used in producing saleable goods. OEE is a performance metric compiled from data on machine availability, performance efficiency and rate of quality that is collected either manually or automatically.

In most companies bottleneck machines or key machines determine throughput of the process. When a critical machine is inoperable, it brings downstream operations to a standstill. This can negatively affect delivery commitments to the customer, which in turn impacts cash flow and revenue.

Taking note of the importance of understanding productivity metrics using OEE and losses in production, and the concept of OEE calculation and software solutions for capturing OEE on a regular basis; Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) had organized a one day workshop on this topic, on 13 September 2013 at Pune.

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The Workshop began with a presentation on productivity metrics using OEE and losses in production, delivered by Mr. Gautam Doshi (Advisor – IMTMA). Subsequently Mr. Deepak Bodhani from Digitech Engineers briefed participant on a relevant software solution – TPM Trak for OEE calculations with live demo.

This workshop was attended by 17 delegates representing 10 companies. The interactive session was also well absorbed by the delegates, who appreciated IMTMA for conducting seminars on topics such as these. Sessions conducted during the seminar were held in high regard by all participants, who remarked that they would be keen to implement the learnings from this workshop in the respective work areas.