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Impressive IMTEX, Tantalising Tooltech

Impressive IMTEX, Tantalising Tooltech

Text : T Murrali It is said that the machine tool industry is the first to get affected in a slowdown or recession and the last to recover. This is because of its capital intensiveness. However, the impending IMTEX 2015 and the concurrent show Tooltech 2015 defy the belief. Despite the auto industry, which contributes to over 60% of the[Read More…]

by January 14, 2015 Cover Story
Impressive IMTEX, Tantalising Tooltech

Impressive IMTEX, Tantalising Tooltech

Text: T Murrali                 It is said that the machine tool industry is the first to get affected in a slowdown or recession and the last to recover. This is because of its capital intensiveness. However, the impending IMTEX 2015 and the concurrent show Tooltech 2015 defy the belief. Despite the auto industry,[Read More…]

by January 8, 2015 Cover Story, Events, Web Exclusive
DeSkilling Machines

DeSkilling Machines

By T Murrali For more than a century machines have begun making their presence felt in manufacturing as production germinated from single pieces to batches, and finally mass manufacture. Today, in auto components manufacturing, even the smallest of things – loading and unloading of non-heavy and non-hazardous components – are done by machines. In this scenario, what is in store for people? Are automation[Read More…]

by January 6, 2015 Cover Story
Assembly at Hyundai Motor India

The World of 5S

 Story by T Murrali Five S, the concept listing five Japanese words – Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seketsu and Shitsuke, has been in vogue for many years in India with both vehicle makers and parts suppliers. However, its implementation depends upon the size of the organisation; their vision and mission. While a matured level of realisation can be seen in companies[Read More…]

by November 12, 2014 Cover Story
Evolving Electronics

Evolving Electronics

Text : T Murrali Vehicles, irrespective of the segments they operate in, are developing and progressing day by day due to many factors that include performance improvements, safety, emission regulations and increased comfort and convenience. Vehicle manufacturers achieve this largely by the increasing use of electronics. While this phenomenon creates immense potential for the electronics, semiconductor and software industries, there[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 Cover Story
Trade Pacts: Tread Carefully

Trade Pacts: Tread Carefully

Text : T Murrali Partners for Trade Agreements have to be chosen carefully considering the potential for mutual trade and economic co-operation. Economic factors should be the basis for any decision on Free Trade Agreements (FTA). Decisions based on factors other than business and economics would be inequitable, benefiting only one partner. The FTA partners should be complementary and not[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 Cover Story
Culture Challenges

Culture Challenges

Text: T Murrali   The auto industry and the auto components industry in particular are saddled with several issues ranging from fluctuating cost of inputs, increasing operating cost, lack of steady policy, unfavourable economy, etc. Irrespective of the situation they have to maintain the key parameters such as quality, cost and delivery as their customers’ (OEMs) customers have been very[Read More…]

by August 7, 2014 Cover Story
Energy Saving: Proactive or Reactive?

Energy Saving: Proactive or Reactive?

T Murrali With rising competition coupled with ever increasing operating cost the challenge for any component manufacturer to stay afloat is to contain the cost of manufacturing. This is gaining significance since these issues directly hit the bottom line and may even pave the way for organisations to exit the business. However, options to contain variable costs are falling due[Read More…]

by July 28, 2014 Cover Story
Should SMEs Automate?

Should SMEs Automate?

T Murrali With the expectations of vehicle end-users ever increasing, OEMs are under constant pressure to retain market share, let alone increase it. They eventually exert pressure on the component manufacturers whose challenges are snowballing in terms of cost, quality and delivery. While these expectations are managed by large companies, they may appear humongous for SMEs.      In the[Read More…]

by July 28, 2014 Cover Story
Medal Photo Courtesy: Rane Group

Is Deming Exclusive?

Story: T Murrali Component manufacturers in India have qualitatively evolved over a period of time due to a range of factors, the prime one being the drive from OEMs. When vehicle manufacturers raised the bar in terms of quality, cost and delivery, vendors had to rise to the occasion and match expectations; The impetus came with opening up of the[Read More…]

by June 11, 2014 Cover Story