VDMA Symposium on "Industry 4.0 – the Future Concept of Manufacturing"

VDMA

Riding on the success of the last year symposium, and to create more awareness, building strategies and road maps to migrate/build the business/ machines oriented towards Industrie 4.0, which is the contemporary technology for the Mechanical & Plant Engineering globally, for the Indian manufacturing industry, we are once again organizing the 2nd International Symposium on "Industry 4.0 - the Future Concept of Manufacturing" on 25th and 26th April 2019 in Ahmadabad and Chennai respectively.

World over, the new concept - ‘Industry 4.0’ is fast gaining momentum. This new, disruptive technology based on digital innovations has recently found its curve of progression and has transformed and reshaped the way things are viewed in the manufacturing segment.

India has a unique opportunity to innovative pave its own road to Smart Manufacturing. Industry 4.0 is expected to transform manufacturing in India by bringing operational efficiencies to manufacturing industries like automotive, electrical and electronics, Aerospace,. The major area of focus shall be the technological advancement across various industries. IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things), 3D printing, 3D sensors, social software, augmented reality, location awareness are considered to usher in the next era of smart production. These automation technologies collectively are moving the manufacturing industry towards the next phase of technological advancement.

Riding on the success of the last year symposium, and to create more awareness, building strategies and road maps to migrate/build the business/ machines oriented towards Industrie 4.0, which is the contemporary technology for the Mechanical & Plant Engineering globally, for the  Indian manufacturing industry,  we are once again organizing the 2nd International Symposium on "Industry 4.0 -  the Future Concept of Manufacturing" on 25th and 26th  April  2019 in Ahmadabad and Chennai respectively.

The event focussed on implementing Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing focusing Automotive, Aerospace, Machine tools, Construction & Material Handling, Food Processing & packaging, Heavy and process engineering sectors. More than 250 delegates comprising industry veterans, policy makers, academia, research institutions, and media from both the cities participated at the symposium. In average, 90% of the attendees found the event excellent.

In Ahmedabad the event started with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the Guest of Honour Mr. Nitin Tiwari, Head – Business IT, Manufacturing Execution System, TATA Motors Limited, Sanand flanked by the “Mr Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director, Forum Industrie 4.0 at VDMA Frankfurt and Mr. Sandip Roy, Regional Head – East, VDMA India

In his welcome address Mr. Roy outlined on the digital disruption, Industry 4.0 and its significance to the manufacturing industry and how the VDMA members can support the Indian manufacturers towards process optimization through automation.

Mr. Nitin Tiwari, Spoke on Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of the automotive industry in India" from the perspective of an OEM. In his brief speech, our Chief Guest, Mr. Amit P. Dharva, Technical Advisor, Industries Commissionerate, Government of Gujarat highlighted the importance of Industry 4.0 and and briefly touched upon the initiative of the Government of Gujarat to attract FDI in manufacturing. He also lauded the initiative of VDMA India for sensitizing the Indian manufacturing industries on emerging topics like Industry 4.0. 

The last speaker of the inaugural session in both the cities was Mr. Dietmar Goericke. In his brief presentation He emphasised on “Industrie 4.0 - state of play in Germany in the view of VDMA” in close coordination with member companies, research bodies and academic institutions.

Similar to Ahmadabad, the event in Chennai started with the lamp lighting by the Chief Guest Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula, CTO, Ashok Leyland Group, along with the Guest of Honour, Mrs. Karin Stoll, Consul General, Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai; Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India; Mr. Dietmar Goericke, and Mr. Sandip Roy.

In his welcome address Mr. Nath covered the various aspect of Indo-German bi lateral relation, India’s potential as Global manufacturing hub. He also emphasised the importance of adapting Industry 4.0 concept to achieve the ambitious target of making India a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation, and augmenting the share of manufacturing in the GDP from the currently 16% to 25% by 2022.

Mrs. Karin Stoll made a presentation on the and also mentioned about the activities of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). She also congratulated VDMA for bringing together the various stakeholders of Industry 4.0 in this forum

The next speaker was Dr. Seshu Bhagavayhula who passionately spoke on the on Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of the automotive industry in India with case study of implementing of Industry 4.0 in their factory at Chennai.

There were total 7 speakers under technical session – I & II in both the cities from VDMA member companies like Beckhoff Automation, Bosch Rexroth, Pepperl + Fuchs, SAP India, Schaeffler Group and Siemens.

Mr. Yogesh Mali, Application Manager, BECKHOFF Automation made a presentation on Open Automation Technology - PC based Machine Control for Industry 4.0.

In his inimitable style, Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Managing Director, and Regional Director- MEI,  Pepperl+Fuchs Factory Automation enlightened the audience on “Implement for Smart Manufacturing Solutions in India “and how the country can benefit by harnessing automation in manufacturing sector and become a preferred destination of Global companies thus to realising the “Make in India” initiative of the Indian Government.

Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Pandey, Zonal Manager – West and Mr. K. Prakash, Zonal Head, Schmersal India made presentation on  INDUSTRY 4.0“ - The digital transformation    in Ahemdabad and Chennai respectively. Both the speakers Ltd highlighted the data safety and security of the systems and solution offered by the Schmersal.

The topic of the presentation from Ms.Maitreyee Sawant, Senior Executive, Siemens Limited was “Transformation to a Digital Enterprise”. She highlighted the concept with case study of the advantages of embracing the Industry 4.0 in their own production unit in Germany and India.

While, all the above speakers explained “ why” important is Industry 4.0, the speakers from SAP spoke at large on the “ how” to implement Industry 4.0 either in the organisation or the Country.

Mr.Yogesh Seth, Senior Director in Digital Transformation, SAP addressed the audience in Ahmedaabad on How to adjust your current business to new Industry 4.0 strategy and concepts” at the enterprise level. On the other hand,. Dr. Lovneesh Chanana, Vice President (Digital Government), SAP spoke on “Driving Industry 4.0 as a Program in India” and various initiative taken by SAP India to promote this concept.

Unlike other speakers who mostly covered on the digital part of the Industry 4.0, speakers from from Bosch Rexroth and Schaeffler Group made their presentation on the physical part of the Industry 4.0.

Mr. Amish Lakhani, Project Head – Industry 4.0, and Mr. H. K. Virupakshappa, Head of Motion & Control business, both from Bosch Rexroth, made presentation on two facades of Industry 4.0 in Ahemdabad and Chennai respectively. Through his presentation on “Connected Hydraulics – Beyond limit”, Mr. Lakhani captivated the audience on the smart hydraulics for process optimization and Mr. Virupakshappa enthralled the audience on “Realisation of IoT benefits, Latest trends & Approaches”.

Mr. Pramod Francis, Sector Management – Emerging sectors, Schaeffler India enlightened on “Schaeffler Smart Ecosystem” with emphasis on machine tool in both the cities.

Both the technical session was followed by Q&A session. Mr. Roy moderated the sessions in the both the cities.

The daylong symposium concluded with a Hi-tea and B2B session which offered a good interaction and networking opportunity for both the audience and the participating companies.