BFW Smart Plant in Ho­sur shifts man­u­fac­tur­ing par­a­digms

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Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd. (BFW), In­dia’s lead­ing so­lu­tion provider in the area of ma­chine tools, is pi­o­neer­ing a par­a­digm shift among man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries to be­come glob­ally com­pet­i­tive with smart so­lu­tions. BFW’s new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Ho­sur, Tamil Nadu, is a ‘Fac­tory of the Fu­ture’, and the plant is an en­gi­neer­ing master­piece. The com­pany is a front run­ner in digi­ti­sa­tion and use of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence (AI) in the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. BFW was the first com­pany to get all its ap­provals on­line when the govern­ment of Tamil Nadu opened its sin­gle win­dow clear­ance por­tal.

Ravi Ragha­van, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, BFW said, “BFW has al­ways been a leader in in­tro­duc­ing new tech­nolo­gies and en­vi­ron­ment­friendly ini­tia­tives. Man­u­fac­tur­ing is a core sec­tor that maps a coun­try’s growth. We wish to lead the in­dus­try in rais­ing the bar for man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses and hope that to­gether we can en­able progress in In­dia.”

In the first phase, the fac­tory, spread across 60,000 sqft, has sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of modern ma­chines to en­able in­te­gra­tion of ex­ist­ing foundry fa­cil­ity with ma­chin­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. The sec­ond phase will be spread over an­other 60,000 sq ft area. The In­dus­try 4.0-com­pli­ant fac­tory is fully au­to­mated and AI-en­abled. The man­u­fac­tur­ing process here is de­signed to take it to the next level through digi­ti­sa­tion and su­pe­rior en­gi­neer­ing. Such pro­cesses en­sure cost ef­fi­ciency, in­creased man­power pro­duc­tiv­ity, and short­ened man­u­fac­tur­ing time.

Ear­lier in the year, BFW set up a so­lar power project that sup­plies power to the en­tire fa­cil­ity in Ben­galuru. Its 980 kWp so­lar project gen­er­ates 15 lakh units of en­ergy which helps the com­pany in meet­ing its power re­quire­ments. This plant will help BFW off­set 1350 tonne of car­bon emis­sion every year.

The `Man­u­fac­tur­ing Day 2018’, third in the se­ries, or­gan­ised by BFW, pro­vided a plat­form for the In­dus­try to push for Smart So­lu­tions and make In­dian man­u­fac­tur­ing glob­ally com­pet­i­tive. With the theme, `To­wards Glob­ally Com­pet­i­tive In­dian Man­u­fac­tur­ing’. The ses­sions fo­cused on three im­por­tant top­ics: In­no­va­tion, Fac­to­ries of Fu­ture and En­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

The Chief Guest, Ka­mal Bali, MD, Volvo In­dia said, “Man­u­fac­tur­ing has to be­come the cen­tre piece of our con­ver­sa­tions. In In­dia ev­ery­thing is stacked against man­u­fac­tur­ing. We are 17% of the global pop­u­la­tion but we con­trib­ute only 2% to global man­u­fac­tur­ing. Every man­u­fac­turer has to wear two hats for the in­dus­try to evolve. We have to pro­mote our com­pa­nies as well as the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. Man­u­fac­tur­ers have to be­come con­scious of brand­ing. To be a global leader, In­dia has to cre­ate a cul­ture of man­u­fac­tur­ing.”

Sonam Wangchuk, En­gi­neer, In­no­va­tor and Ed­u­ca­tion Re­formist, and a Ra­mon Magsaysay Award win­ner, in his key-note ad­dress, said, “In­no­va­tion is im­por­tant but we have to keep sus­tain­abil­ity in mind. In­no­va­tion solves prob­lems in every area of life –be it ed­u­ca­tion, liv­ing stan­dards or any other area. Some­times in­no­va­tion can be made out of thin air. We ap­plied sim­ple high school science prin­ci­ples to the el­e­ments of earth, sun, and ice to cre­ate sus­tain­able so­lu­tions in the harsh en­vi­ron­ment of Ladakh and we have found that this is enough to bring win­ters alive in Ladakh.”

In the ses­sion on `Fac­to­ries of the Fu­ture’, the speak­ers said the fac­to­ries will have to adopt digi­ti­sa­tion to cre­ate sus­tain­able Smart Man­u­fac­tur­ing en­ter­prises. Dis­rup­tions will be en­demic and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses will need to be flex­i­ble to adapt. The ses­sion fo­cused on var­i­ous facets of such man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The fol­low­ing ses­sion high­lighted why the as­pi­ra­tional en­trepreneurs are the back­bone of man­u­fac­tur­ing along with the pro­duc­ers. Suc­cess sto­ries of en­trepreneurs in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor fas­ci­nated the au­di­ence.

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