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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.

Cleaning of Machined Components

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Cleaning of Machined Components
 18 September 2013, IMTMA Technology Centre, BIEC, Bangalore

Parts cleaning, like most metalworking processes, are experiencing ever tightening specifications. Owing to the constantly increasing requirements in terms of efficiency, quality and environmental protection the cleaning of industrial parts has become absolutely essential in modern manufacturing processes. It is highly critical especially in case of automotive components, aerospace and medical implants. However, Parts cleaning is often the most ignored area in the production lines. Cleaning is commonly considered as non-value adding process; without evaluating the consequences of ignoring component cleaning. A successful cleaning process requires careful selection of both the cleaning chemistry and equipment. Cleaning process is influenced by various factors viz. manufacturing process, cleaning media, surrounding conditions, work‐piece quality, parts handling, machine technology, testing process (Millipore test), etc.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) has organized a one day seminar on “Cleaning of Machined Components” on 18th September 2013 at Bangalore.

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This programme was conducted by Industry experts from SKF India, Crest Ultrasonics India, Durr Eco Clean and Quaker Chemical India. 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 seminarwas highly interactive where participants were able to discuss specific problems in maintenance and troubleshooting with the faculty.

The event saw participation by 26 delegates representing 12 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.

Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)

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Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
 19 - 20 September 2013, IMTMA Technology Centre, BIEC, Bangalore

In today's competitive market environment, the industry has realized the fact that servicing unreliable products is a verycostly proposition. To a large extent, reliability is built into the product during the design and development phase.

Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) is an essential ingredient of reliability engineering and is a very powerful andeffective technique used for improvement in design, assembly, materials engineering, servicing etc., in a diverse rangeof manufacturing activities. FMEA can be effectively applied in case of new developments, new technologies andcomponents/assemblies or products which have inherent problems showing up in practice.

'Failure Mode & Effects Analysis' (FMEA) is an “error prevention” oriented and proactive methodology that tries to preemptthe occurrence of errors; reduce their significance (even if they were bound to occur ) and in unavoidablecircumstances, to increase the chance of error detection, so that the process could then be suitably controlled. FMEA isan aid for continuous improvement which fits into a PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) pattern of activity. Whenever changesin product or processes or vendor / supplier are envisaged or effected, FMEA is redone to evaluate their effects.

Taking note of the importance of propagating the concept of FMEA as a risk management and preventive quality assurance technique; imparting the knowledge of Design FMEA, Process FMEA and Machinery FMEA for manufacturing & process industries and understanding the implementation through group exercises and hints; Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) hadorganized a two day workshop on this topic, on 19thto 20thSeptember 2013 at Bangalore.

The training programme was conducted M. C. Ramakrishnan, Former Vice President -Quality, Bosch Limited. Mr. M. C.Ramakrishnan is an industry expert with over 37 years of experience in the field of quality tools like Six Sigma, SPC,MSA, Poka - Yoke etc. He is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt and championed number of projects at Bosch..

The event saw participation by 16delegates representing 8 companies predominantly from South India. The interactive sessions& group exercises conducted on the topic was also well absorbed by the delegates, who appreciated IMTMA for conducting programmes on topics such as these, which would help participants to implement FMEA concepts & methodologies in their respective work areas.