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Cost reduction and Quality enhancement through VA / VE

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Cost reduction and Quality enhancement through VA / VE

The value analysis/ value engineering is the foundation for success for any new product/ process being developed. It is also a useful tool to deal with post product release problems and process improvement innovations. The value engineering is used to create functional breakthroughs by targeting value mismatches during product, process and project design. In today's competitive world the organization need to become faster, better and cheaper to survive. The VA/VE helps the organization to place their product in the market with an edge against the competition. The value analysis approaches and techniques will help the persons involved to obtain a better answer to their problems that determine costs and quality, in competitive business. This difference can change the organization from being "Good" to being the "Winner".

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) had organized a 2 day programme on Cost reduction and Quality enhancement through VA / VE on 3 and 4 May 2016 at IMTMA Technology Centre in Pune.

The training programme focused on :

  • Understanding concepts and approaches of value engineering and analysis
  • Use of Kano's model to determine customer perceptions
  • Types of value analysis and case studies
  • Value map and value creation
  • How to use value analysis
  • Orientation phase
  • Function analysis
  • Creative phase
  • Evaluation phase
  • Implementation
  • Cost reduction and quality enhancement
  • VE/ VA Exercises

The programme was conducted by Mr. Krishna Raghavendra Bhat, former Vice President - Manufacturing at L. G. Balakrishnan & Bros., Coimbatore. Mr. Bhat has over 35 years of experience in manufacturing engineering and plant operations. Delegates from NRB Bearings Ltd, Tata Steel Processing and Distribution, Tata Motors, Steer Engineering, Shalaka Shafts, Rotex Automation, Schrader Duncan, and Valeo India attended the training programme.

Robust Product and Process through Design of Experiments and Taguchi Approaches

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Robust Product and Process through Design of Experiments and Taguchi Approaches

Product Quality issues either resulting from design or from manufacturing process or from service etc., not only results in repair and re-work but also leads to erosion of profit by way of re-calls, replacements, etc. However, significant damage is caused to credibility and reputation of the company, resulting in competitive edge and loss of business in global economy. It is absolutely essential to understand the root cause of issues and address the variations by in-sensitizing them, either in Design of New Products or in fixing field issues of existing products or even enhancing the productivity in a manufacturing environment, product quality and cost reduction.

Robust engineering is one of the popular approaches that industry leaders follow in eliminating or containing the product quality issues and consequent erosion of profit and losses. It aims at addressing variations and in-sensitizing the noises. Robust design approach was promoted and popularized by Taguchi. This approach is different from Design of Experiments through Factorial Designs and addresses quality issues by recognizing noise as external environment which are not controllable but has an influence in product quality and consequent loss of business.

Keeping this in view, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized a 2 day programme on Robust Product and Process through Design of Experiments and Taguchi Approaches on 19 - 20 April 2016 at IMTMA Technology Centre in Pune. The programme focused on providing an overview of various approaches like factorial, fractional factorial DoE, DoE in Taguchi Method, benefits of applying and practical applications in designing a robust product / process.

The training programme focused on:

  • Overview and recapture of Effect of Variation, Statistics for Engineers and Anova
  • Experimental Designs, Factors, Responses & Interactions
  • Recognise Inputs, Process, Output Response, Control Factors and Noise Factors in Engineering
  • Design of Experiments Full Factorial & Fractional Factorial Designs
  • Overview of Taguchi’s approach to Robust Design
  • Understanding of Elements, Terminology, benefits and plan related to Robust Engineering
  • Taguchi's DoE Structure - Orthogonal Design with Inner and Outer arrays
  • Signal to Noise Ratio & Quality Loss Function
  • Hands-on exercises using Minitab

This programme was conducted by Prof. L Ramanan, an IITM alumnus and Founder CEO of RAISE Consultancy Services and visiting faculty in many prestigious institutions of repute.

Delegates from Meccanotecnica India, ELGi Ultra Industries, Setco Automotive, Defence Research & Development Organization, and Fiat India Automobiles, attended the training programme.

Opportunities in Manufacturing Industry & IMTMA's Training Initiatives

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"Opportunities in Manufacturing Industry"  &  IMTMA's Training Initiatives

Conference Centre, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, 10 May 2016

The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) organized an interactive faculty meet on the opportunities in manufacturing industry and IMTMA’s training initiatives. The objective of the faculty meet was to highlight the role of IMTMA in industry-institution interaction and apprise participants about IMTMA’s industry specific training programmes. The meeting held at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in Bengaluru was attended by around 50 delegates.

Mr. P.J. Mohanram, Senior Adviser, IMTMA moderated the session. Mr. P. Ramadas, Vice President- IMTMA and Managing Director, ACE Manufacturing Systems Limited made the presentation on Indian machine tool industry.

Mr. V. Anbu, Director General, IMTMA addressing the gathering said that IMTMA conducts 165 programmes with 13,300 man-days of training output. Mr. H.V. Rajashekara, Director-IMTMA gave a talk about the initiatives of IMTMA. He spoke about the industry institution interaction through the III-C initiative, R&D projects in machine tool industry and the Academia Pavilion in IMTEX.

Mr. M. Krishnamoorthy, Director - IMTMA spoke about the IMTMA Technology Centre, the various training programmes for faculty team, the training programmes for students and the placement of students in the industry.

Prof. Vijaya Kumar from the School of Engineering and Technology, Jain University stressed upon the opportunities in manufacturing.

A panel discussion with industry CEOs was done as part of the programme. The panelists included senior officials from Kennametal India, Grinding Technologies, Taegutec India and Bharat Fritz Werner. They apprised participants about the growth in manufacturing. The session was interactive and participants solicited feedback on various aspects of the manufacturing industry and the opportunities therein. The event concluded with the participants visiting the Technology Centre to witness a demo of the training facilities in IMTMA.

Delegates from Jain University, REVA University, Rajarajeswari College of Engineering, New Horizon College of Engineering, BMS College of Engineering, East Point College of Engineering, Global Academy of Technology, Gopalan College of Engineering, HKBK College of Engineering, Sambhram Institute of Technology, Sri Krishna Institute of Technology, SJBIT Bengaluru, NDRF etc participated.

Fundamentals and Applications of Cold Forging

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Fundamentals and Applications of Cold Forging

19 - 20 May 2016, IMTMA Technology Centre, Pune

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 training programme on Fundamentals and Applications of Cold Forging on 19 - 20 May 2016 at IMTMA Technology Centre in Pune.

The training programme focused on giving delegates :

  • An overview of cold forging technology and their specific industry applications.
  • Understand process sequence and the parameters involved in CE.
  • Learn the procedure for designing Cold Forging dies.
  • Get to know the equipment / set up for cold forging.

The programme was conducted by Mr. H. C. Parthasarathy, industry expert in Cold Forging and manufacturing engineering with over 45 years with reputed organizations. Mr. Parthasarathy has hands on experience in developing more than 100 components utilizing the cold forging technology and has two international process patents in this field.

The programme was highly interactive and was well received by delegates from Bajaj Auto, Champion Extrusions, Bharat Forge, Chemetall India, Crane Process Flow Technologies, Dhananjay Metal Craft, John Deere India, Rachamallu Forgings, Remsons Industries and Ramco Steels.

Finishing School in Production Engineering

Finishing School in Production Engineering

18 April - 14 May 2016, IMTMA Technology Centre, Bangalore

Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) organized the 26th batch of the "Finishing School in Production Engineering" from 18 April to 14 May 2016 at IMTMA Technology Centre in Bangalore.

IMTMA's "Finishing School in Production Engineering" focused on all the practical aspects of modern machining - from reading an engineering drawing through measurements and quality control - including machining processes, CNC programming and operation, process planning, tool materials, selection of cutting tools and optimizing machining parameters, limits, fits and tolerances, GD & T and selection of measuring instruments. In addition to the technical inputs, emphasis was given to develop soft skills as necessary for manufacturing industries.

The workshop was conducted by industry experts from IMTMA Technology Centre, Blaser Swisslube India, Kennametal India, Grindwell Norton & Ace Micromatic. Industry visits to Ace Designers & BFW in Bangalore were organized for the participants to get 'live' experience of the actual production environment.

The workshop was attended by 13 delegates. Two international delegates were from Kenya (UNIDO). One delegate was from Sansera Engineering. Rest of the delegates were fresh engineers.

Hands-on session Session on Fixturing
Session on Delcam 3D Cam Hands on Measuring Practice

Participant's Feedback :

  • The programme helped me to develop my knowledge on machines. I am grateful to IMTMA for the same
    – Mr.  Sujayendra, Student.
  • I would highly like to thank you all for the useful and valuable knowledge I have gained.
    – Mr.  Bernard Onyango Ogutu, UNIDO Kenya.