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IMTMA: Maximizing Metal Cutting Productivity of CNC Machines Print E-mail
Written by Viswanath   
Friday, 25 January 2008

Bangalore: A Certificate Course on Maximizing Metal Cutting Productivity of CNC Machines, the first module of which will be held from  25-28 February 2008 at The Chancery Hotel, Lavelle Road, Bangalore.

Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers' Association (IMTMA) has taken several initiatives to propagate adoption of modern trends in Machine tool technology, in product technology and in the application of machine tools. Rapid changes in high precision manufacturing process drives the need to continuously update knowledge and skills of machine tool users to derive maximum benefit.

With demanding customers and increasing competition it is imperative to improve current processes and maximising asset utilisation, wherein a supervisor's role assumes prime importance.

Industry faces acute shortage of good supervisory personnel who can translate the mission and vision of top management to workmen, resulting in poor productivity, profitability and reduced competitiveness. Supervisors do 'production monitoring', which is accounting for daily production, handling workmen, debugging quality problems, etc. Very few companies have supervisors proactively taking up productivity improvement projects. Supervisors are ill equipped with essential skills and  knowledge. Often they have risen from the ranks and do not posses theoretical knowledge to be a good supervisor. Sometimes they come directly from colleges and technical institutions and lack practical experience. A judicious mix of theory and practice makes a good supervisor.

Keeping this in view IMTMA is setting up the IMTMA PRODUCTIVITY INSTITUTE with necessary resources to impart training on various aspects of manufacturing productivity in metal working industries.

     The objectives of IMTMA Productivity Institute are as follows:

     Ø      To impart basic training in productivity concepts in manufacturing.

     Ø      To impart specific skills in machining and production practices to raise productivity levels in manufacturing through theory and practice.

     Ø      To demonstrate best practice in programming, tooling and fixturing, use of modern cutting tools, measuring systems, shop floor practice, etc.

     Ø      To train supervisors in implementing programs for continuous productivity improvement in their companies.


     Ø      The Course is divided into 4 modules and is a continuous learning  programme where participants are expected to learn certain skills in a particular module, apply at their work place and return to the next module with their experience.

     Ø      A balanced mixture of theory and practical hands-on sessions.

     Ø      Limited batch size and personal attention to each participant.

     Ø      Hands-on training including case studies and examples.

     Ø      Participants are expected to carry out practical exercises in small teams.


     Module I - Productivity in Metal Cutting

     Ø      Defining productivity

     Ø      Video demonstration of production process in different workshops and discuss good and  poor practises.

     Ø      Calculate productivity through OEE with case studies, examples and an insight on how to improve OEE

     Ø      Productivity losses - Soft & Hard areas

     ·        Hard areas - cutting parameters

     ·        Soft areas - idle time, SMED

     Ø      Process Capability concepts & control charts

IMTMA is pleased to announce Module- I of this certificate course from 25-28 February 2008. Schedule of other modules will be announced in due course.

      Venue for Module 1 : The Chancery Hotel, Lavelle Road, Bangalore

Module II - Optimising Cutting Parameters in CNC Turning/ Milling/

     Ø      Variables affecting metal cutting

     Ø      Reference material for selecting cutting parameters

     Ø      Optimising for high production in a shift. minimum part and
tool cost

     Ø      Method to be used - simplified DOE or similar other methods

     Module III - Reducing Idle Time in CNC Turning/ Milling/ Grinding

           Ø      Time elements during CNC Turning

     Ø      Idle time during machining cycle

     Ø      Other idle time

     Ø      Elements of Set up change

     Ø      Doing set up change effectively

     Ø      Documenting set up change

     Module IV - Demonstrating participants absorption of Methodology

     Ø      Each participant takes up 3 Productivity Improvements Projects

     Ø      Document before / after the improvement

     Ø      Presentation to be made to group

     Ø      Discussions

     At the end of each module there will be a test and only upon satisfactory completion the participants will qualify to attend thenext module.

     On completion of all 4 modules the participants will receive a Certificate " Certified Productivity Supervisor "

     ** Contents are subject to change. The finalised course content will be informed to registered participants in due course.

     Faculty chosen from the pool of experienced professionals and industry experts will conduct sessions on specialized subjects. Interactive learning through Group exercises and Video demonstration will be adapted to enable participants to build practical skills on
a sound theoretical knowledge base.

     Supervisors, Foreman, Technicians in supervisory functions in a CNC Machine shop.

     As this course will be conducted in English, participants are expected to have the basic understanding of English language. Participants should be able to use Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet and must submit a letter from sponsoring company that He/She has worked in a machine shop in supervisory cadre for a minimum period of 2 years. He/She should posses a fair knowledge of CNC Programming and be able to effectively use shop floor measuring instruments such as Micrometer, Vernier, Height gauges, etc. The attached form for Pre-qualification must be jointly signed by the participant and sponsoring company.

     COURSE FEE: (Module I)
     Rs.6500 per delegate for SSI companies (SSIs must produce a valid SSI Certificate)

     Rs.10,000 per delegate from Large & Medium companies.

     Registration fee includes Lunch, Coffee/Tea on all days and a comprehensive course material. This is a Non-residential programme and participants have to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Course fee is Non-refundable, however change in nomination accepted. Spot Registration will not be accepted.


     Companies interested in participation are requested to return the enclosed REPLY  Cum Pre-Qualification Form, duly filled along with Demand draft/Cheque payable at Par in Bangalore in favour of INDIAN MACHINE TOOL MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION at the address mentioned in the Reply Form. Limited seats are available and registrations will be accepted on "First-Come-First" basis.

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