Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion be­comes bedrock of man­u­fac­tur­ing process

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Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion her­alds up­skilling in the coun­try and the same has been dis­cussed in the ‘CII’s Tamil Nadu Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sum­mit’ with the theme ‘Lever­ag­ing Dig­i­tal Man­u­fac­tur­ing’. The in­dus­try cap­tains briefly dis­cussed the man­u­fac­tur­ing chal­lenges and hic­cups at the one-day con­fer­ence or­gan­ised in Chen­nai re­cently by the Con­fed­er­a­tion of In­dian In­dus­try (CII).

The ‘Skill In­dia’ cam­paign is very rel­e­vant in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. The mun­dane tasks are go­ing to be au­to­mated. Hence the im­por­tance of up­skilling of the em­ploy­ees was dis­cussed in the con­fer­ence. In his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, Vikram Ka­pur, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, In­dus­tries, Gov­ern­ment of Tamil Nadu said, “Man­u­fac­tur­ing plays a vi­tal role in the coun­try and it con­trib­utes 17% of GDP. Statis­tics says In­dia con­trib­utes 2% of the global man­u­fac­tur­ing out­put. The dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion has ben­e­fited the ser­vice sec­tor a lot. The re­cently cul­mi­nated ‘Global In­vestors Meet’ at­tracted 98 MoUs out of which 68 hit the ground. This con­ver­sion is phe­nom­e­nal and this has be­come re­alised at the back of good in­fras­truc­ture, man power, con­nec­tiv­ity to name a few in Tamil Nadu. Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion has not spared the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. Em­pow­er­ing work­ers for the new age tech­nolo­gies is needed to be glob­ally com­pet­i­tive. There are chal­lenges im­part­ing skills due to so­cio-eco­nomic and ge­o­graphic back­grounds. But dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion calls for it and ex­cuses are not en­cour­aged. There is a need for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies and CII like bod­ies to tie up with re­search in­sti­tutes and work to­gether for a com­mon goal.”

He high­lighted that dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion gen­er­ates huge data and it has to be shared to de­rive the de­sired ben­e­fits. Do-abil­ity of business is ranked now and this is a wel­come move as the states will come for­ward and break the stereo­type in process soon.Tamil Nadu has its strength in win­ning over the ranks.

Vivekanand Van­mee­ganathan, Coun­try Man­ager and MD, Cater­pil­lar In­dia, said, “The mo­men­tary spikes should be given to man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor and the burn­ing plat­form will war­rant us the out­put. The de­mar­ca­tion should be nul­li­fied be­tween the blue col­lar and white col­lar work­force. The dig­i­tal hit­ting the stage, will change the en­vi­ron­ment to­tally. Cus­tomer’s ex­pec­ta­tions are not go­ing to be con­stant as they are not driven by his in­di­vid­u­al­ity but by his cus­tomers and in turn the chain con­tin­ues. Hence dis­rup­tion at any level should be in­vited. Cy­ber phys­i­cal in­te­gra­tion will be the bot­tom line upon which the in­dus­try 4.0 is based. The man­u­fac­turer should be able to ad­dress the cus­tomer needs, work­force skills and lead time by lever­ag­ing the tech­nol­ogy.”

When dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is per­vad­ing all ar­eas, man­u­fac­tur­ing can­not be an ex­cep­tion, S, Srini­vasan, VP and Head, RPM Business Unit, L&T Rub­ber Pro­cess­ing Ma­chin­ery said. He said that the plat­form should con­nect tech­nol­ogy, lead­er­ship, fi­nance, oper­a­tions, prod­ucts, ser­vices and in­no­va­tions. The web or dig­i­tal por­tal should be cus­tomer-friendly and an­a­lyse cus­tomer be­hav­ior. It should give cus­tomised sug­ges­tions as ad­di­tional in­puts. The qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, cost, ser­vice ev­ery­thing should go hand in hand and the brand should speak and con­vince the cus­tomer.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Muthu­ra­man Ramesh, Chair­man, TN Man­u­fac­tur­ing Sum­mit 2016 and Di­rec­tor, Cater­pil­lar In­dia said, “The gov­ern­ment of In­dia has embarked upon many ini­tia­tives to dig­i­talise all the sec­tors. We are lever­ag­ing the dig­i­tal man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques and have out­lined the smart fac­tory en­vi­ron­ment in our plant. Our fac­tory is pa­per­less now and ma­chines are in­ter­con­nected. We have a closed loop sys­tem where ev­ery­body has ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion at their fin­ger tips. With this, as­set is utilised ef­fec­tively, qual­ity is bet­ter and the pay­back is lu­cra­tive. Our ef­fi­ciency has gone up. With this dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion there is no ‘trail be­hind con­cept’ and every­one has the same goal, to reach ‘num­ber one’. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has to in­tro­spect and pre­pare it­self and suc­ceed in this dig­i­tal world.”

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