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BHEL Tiruchirappalli conducts one-day workshop on welding for sub-contractors Print E-mail
Written by Krishna Kumar   
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Tiruchirappalli: The Outsourcing department of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and BHEL Small and Medium Industries Association (BHELSIA), in association with the Welding Research Institute (WRI), organised a one-day workshop on Welding Mechanization and Automation for BHEL's vendors here today.

K Mariraj Anand, General Manager (Advanced Technology Products), BHEL, while inaugurating the workshop, said that with the introduction of high-end technologies like supercritical ones and higher capacity nuclear sets of 700 MW and above, welding and fabrication called for challenges of welding superior and difficult materials with highest quality requirements.

Considering that huge volumes are to be handled and BHEL cannot handle the task alone, he said that the outsourcing partners were to be suitably involved to achieve higher levels of productivity and cycle time reduction.

S Dharmalingam, GM (R&D, WRI and Labs), BHEL said that with developments in welding and fabrication becoming important factors in the Nation’s progress, the fabricators had no option but to explore the use of more productive and automotive processes.  Mr Dharmalingam also said that welding and fabrication formed the basis of all construction activities and quality took precedence over every other factor.  A safer nation depended on the advancements of the welding and fabrication sector, he said.

Rajappa Rajkumar, President, BHELSIA, charted out an action plan for the ealiest implementation of mechanization with available facilities with the sub-contractors.  He also highlighted the willingness of the financial institutions like State Bank of India to help them in funding for implementation of mechanization in their works with schemes like ‘Project Uptech’.

Complimenting the organizers, Mr Mariraj Anand said that such a workshop was a perfect vehicle for knowledge dissemination, training and perfecting the process of mechanization and automation in welding. Dr S Manoharan, Additional GM (WRI) welcomed the gathering.  Dr G Bhuvanasekaran, Deputy GM (WRI) proposed a vote of thanks. 

Mr Mariraj Anand released a CD containing information about the technical details on the mechanization and automation and Mr Rajappa Rajkumar received the first copy.  More than 50 sub-contractors participated in the workshop.

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