By APA Bureau
The Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) is working closely with NITI Aayog and the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries in shaping up the future technological initiatives and R&D efforts for the machine tool industry. Machine tools play an important role in making the Indian manufacturing successful by leveraging capabilities in design, automation, Industry 4.0, and innovation.
The Capital Goods Policy of India endeavours to make the country as a global hub for capital goods by increasing production, employment, domestic market share, exports, skill availability, technology depth, and SMEs.
The recently concluded IMTEX 2017 & Tooltech 2017, the flagship event of IMTMA, and South East Asia’s largest exhibition on metal cutting technologies, have set new benchmarks and clearly indicated the road ahead of the machine tool industry.
IMTEX 2017 & Tooltech 2017, inaugurated by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, at the Bangalore Exhibition Centre (BIEC), had over 1000 exhibitors spread across six halls covering an area of around 66,000 square metres. India and 21 other countries participated in the event which had seven group participations from China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and the US. Numerous technologies such as Hybrid machines, 3D printing, Industry 4.0, and others were launched and displayed in the exhibition, held between January 26 and February1, 2017.
There were over 100,000 visitors, including decision- makers, business heads and shopfloor specialists, from across the spectrum of Indian metalworking industry and customer segment such as automotive, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods manufacturers and food and beverages.
“It is well known that machine tools are the backbone of manufacturing and a strong machine tool industry propels strong manufacturing which in turn spurs the economy. Karnataka was the cradle of the machine tool industry which has now grown to produce over 50 percent of Indian machine tools. Keeping this in view the government, along with the industry, has charted out a plan for developing a machine tool park in the State,” the Chief Minister said.The proposed machine tool park at Vasantha Narsapur in Tumkur district of the State is a joint venture between the Government of India and the Government of Karnataka and will come up on 500 acres. Once functional, the park is expected to boost the domestic turnover of machine tools, reduce imports, save foreign exchange and create over 4000 jobs in manufacturing and administrative fields, the Chief Minister said.
Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, said, “India’s Capital Goods Policy envisages the capital goods business to grow from Rs.2.3 lakh crore to Rs 7.5 lakh crore in 2025. The policy has been formulated with a vision to increase the share of capital goods contribution to the GDP from 12 percent to 20 percent of total manufacturing activity by 2025.
“IMTEX is not just for the machine tool manufacturers, but for the entire manufacturing industry of India. The exhibition has a potential to attract investment and provide growth opportunity for the industry in Karnataka. This can happen only when we promote our industries,” D V Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, said.
The Karnataka Government is working on enhancing industrial connectivity in the Chennai-Bengaluru and Bengaluru-Mumbai corridors. The State is supporting the National Investment Manufacturing Zones at key locations which is expected to give added impetus to manufacturing sector, he said.
Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman, Exhibitions, IMTMA, said, “two years from now we will be celebrating the 50th year of IMTEX. The main objective of IMTEX is to demonstrate and showcase different manufacturing technologies and innovations to enable the manufacturing companies and industries to take decisions on what they need to meet their current and future requirements.”
“As technology becomes a formidable enabler in manufacturing it is imminent to incorporate it in all aspects of manufacturing,” Naushad Forbes, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), said. “The machine tool sector has huge responsibility and scope to make Indian manufacturing successful and therefore the industry needs to leverage not only its design capabilities but also automation, Industry 4.0, as well as innovation.”
On opportunities for machine tools sector P G Jadeja, President IMTMA said, “The Aero-Defence sector presents an attractive growth opportunity. To tap this IMTMA has launched an initiative and formed the Aero-Def Group to bring our members closer to this important customer segment and work out development and marketing strategies.”
The IMTMA-Premier Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, in memory of Vinod Doshi, was given away to Milind Kelkar and his wife Mohini Kelkar, from Grind Master. IMTMA also released new publications such as IMTMA Directory of Members 2017, Guide to Indian Machine Tools 2017, Comprehensive Report on Indian Metal Cutting Machine Tools and IMTEX 2017 Exhibition Catalogue.
IMTMA held several programmes like the ‘International Seminar on Machining Technologies,’ i2 Academia Pavilion and buyer –seller meet, along with IMTEX 2017.Organised on the day before the official inauguration
of the exhibition, the seminar was to present the latest technological developments in machining, which users could adopt in their production process, to cover the more pertinent aspects of metal cutting processes, its requirement in the manufacturing industry and the technology gaps that could be bridged.
International experts shared their experiences and latest developments. The one-day seminar focussed on key technology areas related to machine tools and machining, work holding tools and tooling, metrology and controls, CAD/CAM and grinding and finishing processes.
i2 Academia Pavilion
The i2 Academia Pavilion at IMTEX 2017 saw participation from around 40 institutions including IITs from all over India. These institutions had the opportunity to present their innovative research projects on metal working industry through display of posters and to take part in award winning competitions.
This Pavilion helped the academia participants to update themselves with the current scenario in the machine tool industry, particularly the latest technologies in machine tool building. Industry, on the other hand, got the opportunity to network with the academia and pick their products/technology for commercial use.
The programme ‘Connect’ helped students gather knowledge and opportunities by interacting with industry experts. Yet another programme was ‘Jagruti’, to familiarise engineering students with the machine tool industry and the technological happenings in this industry segment.
Reverse Buyer Seller Meet
IMTMA and EEPC India, with support from the Government of India, organised a Reverse Buyer Seller Meet. It was an opportunity to connect with importers of machine tools from 23 countries. Dealers, distributors and potential buyers participated in the meet. The first-ever meet saw participation from 56 buyers from 19 countries. “The event presented a rare opportunity for Indian manufacturers to meet directly the international dealers. We hope that partnerships will emerge from this initiative, which will then lead to definite business coming in over a period,” Jamshyd N Godrej, Chairman, Exhibitions, IMTMA, said.
“Visiting one IMTEX is equal to visiting many countries for sourcing new technologies. India has initiated several policies to benefit manufacturing sector”, P G Jadeja, President IMTMA, said. According to V Anbu, Director General and CEO, IMTMA, right from the first ever show in 1969 IMTEX has been a driving force for manufacturing growth in India. This will continue to be so with the future shows also, as every edition displays the latest metal cutting technologies prevalent in the current manufacturing.
For the industry sectors like auto components, automotives, aerospace, Defence, Railways, power, capital goods, consumer goods, space technologies and various others IMTEX 2017 opened windows to witness and learn future technologies in metal cutting machine tools. The highlights of the exhibits of some of the participants are given in the following lines.
ACE Micromatic displayed 36 machines and launched 11 new ones. The company focussed on three aspects according to TK Ramesh, CEO. They were Automation, Smart Manufacturing and Education and training. The company presented machines with automation compatibility that can be readily deployed, and machines that are ready for automation.
ACE Micromatic has been offering the Smart Manufacturing concept since five years and it has gained expertise in this segment. “We understand some of the obstacles in the processes and they enable us to provide solutions to our customer. We have displayed this conceptat IMTEX. True smart focus is the main focus followed by looking at the entire factory to be connected. For instance, there will be lot of data generated by the machines and after processing, the data are sent back to the machines. Unless it is looked at holistically, it will become islands of excellence,” Ramesh told AutoParts Asia.
Education and training has been a focus area of Ace Micromatic. While the hardware can be made it is the training and skill development that would make the difference evident. “While everyone is trying to go one level high, we are looking at going deeper,” so that it will help the customers extract more from the machines.
ACE also introduced Grind Trak that helps the customers in optimised asset utilisation. It helps in reducing cycle time up to 20 percent, contains rejections up to 80 percent and increases overall productivity by 20 percent.
On the performance of the industry Ramesh said the fiscal 2016-17 began very well. Since November it was a little jittery. Orders were regular but despatches were problematic, he said.
The prime area of concern is visibility. The customers in this industry are unable to see beyond six to eight weeks. Everything seems to be a short-term approach, which is not experienced by the capital goods industry. “We believe that this is going to be the new reality. The challenge is to accept this and pursue further. We expect 2017-18 to be a year of learning,” Ramesh said.
Bharat Fritz Werner
Praful Shankar Shende of Bharat Fritz Werner (BFW) said the focus of the exhibition was the variety of products that the company launched at the expo, in milling, turning and multi-tasking machines . It has a completely new range of vertical and horizontal machining centres. Turning is a new business for BFW and it came with the acquisition of a company, Protec, about a year ago.
“With them and with our own products we have completely end-to-end turning solutions for our customers,” he said. The new machines are developed from scratch and offer next generation performance with the prime focus on much better uptime and productivity, besides, making the machines smarter. We have also launched our software platform ‘iris,’ which offers voice-to-machine options. The objective of introducing this platform is to allow customers to maximse asset utilisation. The new generation machines will help minimise the return on investments better. On the forthcoming fiscal, Shende said, “we are upbeat as the sentiment is positive.”
In a bid to become one of the top 10 machine tool manufacturers in the world by 2020, Jyoti CNC has introduced new machines and entered new avenues in the metal working segment. The company has a wide product basket consisting of series of CNC turning / turn mill centres, CNC vertical / horizontal machining centres, CNC vertical Line machines and high-tech CNC 3 axis and 5 axis machining centres.
At IMTEX 2017 the company launched a slew of equipment. UMIL 6, a 5-axis machining centre, which according to the company, is the first to support machine tyre die and turbine blades. MTX 300 has been introduced to precision application in aerospace. Developed jointly with IIT Madras under ‘Enhancement of competitiveness in capital goods sector,’ under the Department of Heavy Industries, this equipment is capable of machining landing gears of aircraft.
Tachyon 5 & 7 are high-dynamic CNC vertical drill tap centres, designed for faster drill tap operations to cater to sophisticated applications of automobile, surgical and telecommunications. Named after the faster-than-light particle, Tachyon, these machines enable customers to address the ever increasing demand to shorten the cycle time, as these machines come with integral pallet changer, high speed tool changer and an axis with maximum speed of 60 meters per minute.
The company has also introduced DY200 in which the spindle motor has been designed by Jyoti; VMC 850 and RAX 20 with integrated pallet changer. All the new machines come with new aesthetic design besides, being operator friendly. The company has also introduced its software 7th Sense.
Lakshmi Machine Works
I N Bhattacharya, Senior General Manager, Lakshmi Machine Works Limited, said the company’s focus has been on the automotive industry as over 60 percent of the business was from this segment. “We created a matric of different segments in the automotive sector and there we have gone deep down in every segments and the components that they use. Accordingly we have started working on development of the machines. We also work with oil and gas sector based on the requirements,” he said.
The company has introduced twin-spindle machines that help reduce cycle time as they enable mirroring of components. While the price is not double, the productivity increases by 1.8 times. Similarly it had introduceda few new generation lathes. LMW is in to vertical / horizontal machining centres, turning mull centres, horizontal / vertical lathes and pickup spindle machines with all the new equipment are connected.
The company demonstrated the software at IMTEX 2017 and it helps the customers in procuring data from machine relating to the operations, utilisation and productivity to help analyse its performance. Off late the company’s focus is on machining centres rather than lathes. Besides, it is also looking at enhancing skill development; it has supplied over 100 machines to skill development centres across the country.
On the performance of the company, he said the coming three years will be good, as there are new opportunities opening up. “We could see the real buyers coming to IMTEX, which we had not seen earlier. This edition has been very good. If I go by the data of the first two days in terms of business, customers and potential buyers, this edition is the best ever IMTEX for us,” Bhattacharya added.
Hyderabad- based Lokesh Machines announced that it has entered into an agreement with EMCO GmbH for manufacturing and selling its machines in India. The company will soon start manufacturing the next generation multi-tasking machines for the Indian market as well as re-export. This technology tie-up would help Lokesh expand customer base beyond the traditional automotive OEMs and offer specialised manufacturing solutions to a host of manufacturers. These machines will be assembled at the new manufacturing facility at Kallakal , Hyderabad.
The company has also signed an agreement with Tongtai Machine & Tool Co Ltd., Taiwan, to manufacture hi-speed vertical machining centre EZ5 for the Indian market. The Director of the company M Sri Krishna, said, “We are in an era of change and unparalleled growth. To speed up our processes and remain at the cutting edge of technology is of paramount importance to take the company to the highest peaks of achievement and to make in India and yet remain a global power. Our venture with Tongtai opens up an exciting new chapter in our progress and potential.”
At IMTEX 2017, MAG India showcased CNC honing solutions, thermal coating for cylinder bore for automotive applications and its solutions for Industry 4.0. The company presented machine tools, manufacturing systems and services in the field of turning, milling and honing technology, system integration, automation, software, maintenance and maintenance, retrofit, e-learning as well as core components for machine tools. As an industrial supplier, the company offers complete solutions including machining technology, process design and plant design, right up to turnkey systems.
Meiban Engineering has showcased the new machines from Muratec – MW 40 and MW 100 + MS50. The CEO of Meiban Engineering Technologies , (an associate company of Muratec, Japan), A V Srinivasan, said MW 40 is capable of making two different parts as it comes with two gantries.
The MW 100 + MS 50 is an automated twin spindle turning machine with line concept. As it has three stage operations the TAKT time is as less as 20 seconds. These machines are suitable for all kinds of rounded automotive components like parts for engine, transmission, steering, compressors etc. Both the machines come with single controller, thereby optimising cost, he said.