3rd International Symposium on Industry 4.0 Symposium

VDMA India

Information technology is revolutionizing Manufacturing process of Quality products. The changing nature of products is also disrupting value chains with existing processes, forcing companies to rethink and retool nearly everything they do internally.

Digital Technologies are ushering in the “fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) era”. This has the potential of transforming industries of India in such a manner that it can create enormous growth of Indian economy. Time has come to focus our attention on how to adopt Digital Transformation which is inherently based on Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Principles for our existing Industries.

Riding on the success of the last two symposiums, and to create more awareness, building strategies and roadmaps 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, VDMA India once again organized the 3rd International Symposium on "Industry 4.0 - The Future Concept of Manufacturing" on 4th and 6th March, 2020 in Radisson Gurgaon and Marriott Indore, respectively.
The event focused on implementing Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing focusing Automotive, Aerospace, Machine tools, Construction & Material Handling, Food Processing & packaging, Heavy and process engineering sectors. Around 160 delegates comprising industry veterans, policy makers, academia, research institutions, media from both the cities participated at the symposium. In average, 85% of the attendees found the event excellent.

In Gurugram, the event started with the traditional Lighting of the lamp by the Chief guest Mr. Naveen Munjal, Managing Director, Hero Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. flanked by the Mr. Unmesh Lohite, Principal, EAC - Euro Asia Consulting Pvt. Ltd; Mr. Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director, Forum Industrie 4.0 at VDMA Frankfurt and Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India.
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 17% to 25% by 2022.
Mr. Naveen Munjal, the next speaker, spoke on the “Digital transformation in Automobile industry - Role of OEM”. In his brief presentation on “Big Picture Industrie 4.0”, in both the Mr.  Dietmar Goericke, Managing Director, Forum Industry 4.0, VDMA Frankfurt emphasized on journey of implementation Industry 4.0 in the German mechanical engineering industry, so far and the role of VDMA. The last speaker in both the cities was from the Knowleger partner, Mr. Unmesh Lohite, Principal, EAC - Euro Asia Consulting Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Lohite along with 2 other colleagues made a presentation on “Readiness for Industry 4.0” with some case studies. They prepared a readiness model through which any Indian company can actually measure their position in the Industry 4.0 implementation matrix and the way forward.

Similar to Gurugram , the event in Indore started with the lamp lighting by the Chief Guest Mr. Anil Baliga, Vice President- Ex. Vice President, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle, Ltd along the Guest of Honour, Avinash Kashyap, Mr. Dietmar Goericke, Mr. Unmesh Lohite and Mr. Sandip Roy, Regional Head - East.
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.
The next speaker was Mr. Avinash Kashyap who spoke on “Indo-German Business Potential in Indore.”
Mr. Anil Baliga, spoke on “Digital transformation in Automobile industry - Role of OEM” the with case study of implementing of Industry 4.0 in their factory at Pithampur.

There were total 8 speakers under Technical session in Gurugram and 7 in Indore from VDMA member companies like  Harting, Hydac Pepperl+Fuchs, SAP, SICK, Schmersal,  Siemens & Universal Robots. In addition M/s. FrankfurtReihmain & NTTF also participated as the supporting partners of the event.
Mr. Avinash Ojha, Product Manager: RFID/MICA, Harting (India) Private Limited, made a short presentation on “Industry 4.0 - Connecting Two Different Worlds” in both the cities.

In his presentation on “Industry 4.0 in Hydraulics System” Mr. Dinesh More, General Manager (Industry 4.0), Hydac (India) Private Limited, talked on the benefits of the predictive and prescriptive maintenance by implementing smart hydraulics.
Mr. Ravi Agarwal, Managing Director and Mr. Ashutosh Gupta (Head – System and solution group)  Pepperl & Fuchs Factory Automation Pvt Ltd spoke  on “Sensors for Smart Automation” in Gurgram and Indore, respectively, and how the companies can benefit through adapting smart sennors in the production line.

In his presentation, Mr. K G Chandrasekar, Vice President - Delivery, Digital Manufacturing, SAP India Private Limited spoke on “IOT 4.0 and Manufacturing factory of the future” in Gurugram.
Mr. Samir Desai, Head - Product Management- SICK India Pvt Ltd. made a presentation on “How SICK Sensors will help you implement Industry 4.0 -some insights and real use case....” only in Gurgaon.

While the previous speakers spoke on the smart sensor, smart factory, predictive maintenance, Mr. Sagar Jeevan Bhosale, Managing Director, Schmersal India spoke  on “Safety in Era of Industry 4.0”  He emphasized the data security aspect while implementing Industry 4.0 in the organization.

Mr. Nikhil Kulkarni, Head, Automation & Industry 4.0 @ IOT Development Services, Siemens Technology & Services Pvt. Ltd. presented on “Industry 4.0 Technologies Driving Future of Manufacturing”.
Mr. Naresh Kantoor, Managing Director, Encon Systems International on behalf of Universal Robots India, enlightened the audience in Gurgaon on “Factories of the Future: Collaborative Robots and Industry 4.0”.  He elaborated the complimentary role of the future workforce and robots in production line.

Unfortunately, speakers from SAP India and Universal Robots could not attend the symposium at Indore because the travel restriction on account of the Corona virus outbreak.
Both the technical session was followed by Q&A session.
The event was moderated by Mr. Rijoy Sengupta, Regional Manager -  North and Mr. Sandip Roy, Regional Head  - East and in Gurgaon and Indore, respectively.

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.