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Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Mumbai: "Manufacturing plants can be globally competitive if they adopt an integrated approach to automation. The concept of islands of Automation within a manufacturing facility is no longer relevant," said Mr. K Ravi Kumar, Former Chairman & Managing Director BHEL in his keynote address at Automation Tech 2009.

Experts at this event, organised by Automation Industry Association (AIA), felt that there was a need for collaborative auditing systems to realise full benefits from automation investments.

"A key challenge for control engineers is to step up and show manufacturers how to apply automation solutions for sustainable growth," said Ramnath S Mani – Chairman & CEO, Energys Software Pvt Ltd.

Acknowledging that the process and control dynamics in the manufacturing sector demands a long-term hand-holding Mr J P  Singh, Executive VP, Electrical & Automation, Larsen & Toubro and Past President, AIA said that "The annual maintenance contract needs to be re-looked at as in its current format the customers are at bay when faced with technical grievances."

Mr Vinayak Deshpande President & COO, Hindustan Construction Ltd said that the Indian Automaton Industry, having gained experience in the manufacturing industries, has to move ahead from being just product suppliers to main automation contractors (MACs). Mr Shyam Bang, Executive Director Jubilant Organosys Ltd added  "This helps the manufacturing industry to partner with one company for all automation solutions instead of going in as a piecemeal approach."

CEOs at the roundtable agreed that the future of automation lies in holistic technology solutions that not only cater to the productivity, cost advantage and efficiency needs of the manufacturing plant, but also deliver value on safety and security, environment friendly and energy efficiency parameters.

Commenting on the relatively low price realisation for automation technology in India, compared to China, Mr. Sunil Khanna, President - AIA-India & Managing Director, Emerson Process Management(I) Pvt. Ltd  recommended that "companies  that cater to the unique demands of users and empower them with low cost and value products, will gain a sustainable advantage as the Indian market growth climbs."

Mr. R. Vanamali. Executive Director – Chemtrols Industries Limited, Mr. Vijay Srinivasan, Managing Director, India Subcontinent Invensys India Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Vijay Vaman Paranjape,  Director & Member Managing Board,  Siemens Ltd., Mr. Sajiv Nath, Managing Director, Endress + Hauser India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Ramani Iyer, Forbes Marshall Ltd., Mr. K. Nandkumar, CMD, Chemtrols Engg. Ltd., Mr Anup Wadhwa Director AIA and other senior executives were present at the event.

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