Voice of Manufacturing: Rebooting the Industry Supply Chain through Smart Manufacturing & Digitally Connected Operations
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NASSCOM CoE IndDIC (Industry Digital Innovation Consortium) organized the 4th edition of Voice of Manufacturing – Managing manufacturing challenges Digitally’’ was organized on 20th August 2020. The foremost focus of the e-Confluence was ‘’Rebooting the Industry Supply Chain through Smart Manufacturing & Digitally connected operations’’.
NASSCOM Centre of Excellence IoT & AI engaged with Large automotive manufacturing enterprise Mahindra and Mahindra & Endurance Technologies, large OEM to the automotive sector. The session also had presence from Larsen & Toubro Infotech and Foundation of Smart Manufacturing (IIT Delhi & Automation India Association) an Industry 4.0 program under the Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Government of India.
The e-Confluence saw participation from over 175 industries across various industry segments.
Mr Vivek Saha , Director & Head, Digital Transformation & Industry 4.0 NASSCOM CoE, raised the curtain of this session throwing light on how Covid-19 crisis challenges are becoming opportunities for Digital adoption & also highlighted the NEW Normal that industries are embracing/adapting to revive. He has been key moderator across the panellist to circumvent the voice of manufacturing.
Mr. Ravindra Barlingay, Vice President R&D – Electronics, Advanced Engineering & eMobility, Endurance Technologies, set the context by discussing the challenging impact of COVID19 and also mentioned several positive aspects and underlying opportunities in the same.
- Two – wheeler segment likely to benefit due to the increase in demand for personal mobility
- Rural is doing better than the urban sector
He concluded by stating the criticality of adopting digital technologies and creating a common digital platform to mitigate steep losses due to disruptions in the pandemic situation & role of technology to revive the industry value-chain.
Mr. Amol Deshpande, Head of Digital Agri & Farm, Mahindra & Mahindra, deliberated on the opportunities presented due to COVID19 and how organizations and people have been pushed to think out of the box – enriching breakthrough thinking. Mahindra, for instance has ventured into manufacturing of PPEs – face shields, low cost ventilators and more.
Over the interactive session, several challenging questions were addressed to the panellists and the key highlights are as follows –
- Technology is the base but not the only contributing factor but having value across value chain
- Disruption such as COVID19 has pushed for Digital Technology Adoption across industry functions and even to tier 2 and tier 3 cities
- Customized framework for transformation – critical to assess the existing situation and technologies – understand what is important and beneficial. Strengths that interplay, areas for diversification, subsequently being relevant in the future and thereby adapting and adopting components of technology framework accordingly
- An integrated ecosystem – Collaborative platform complimenting a vital role in creating the pathway to becoming a manufacturing leader
- In order to become the Manufacturing leader, two major requirements – good control of designs and best in the market, or being a process champion (low cost, efficient manufacturing processes)
- A lot of learnings can be taken from the e-Commerce companies that have phenomenally disrupted the logistics in this country
- It is also important to understand and package Services – customer excellence at lower costs
- Right Cultural Mindset plays an important role in undertaking the transformational journey – top to down approach, continuous learning, continuous adaptation, upskilling
- Creating an IIoT Marketplace Framework with protocols and standards for level play – standardization at country level in terms of data, security, products & services, IT-OT Convergence and more. Policies to protect against factors that can disrupt the manufacturing sector, interplay between ministries is required. Organizations & players need to focus on bringing products and services compatible with established framework and may require to be universal.
Ms. Suparna Dutta, AVP & Global Head – Industrial IoT at LTI, discussed and deliberated on the various driving forces of Smart Manufacturing – Mobility, Technology Impact, Market Capture, Product Life Cycle Management, Cost Pressure and more. She also mentioned that Aligning with the Enterprise Priorities is imperative – Enabling new business models, enabling revenue growth, transforming customer and employee experiences and mastering next gen efficient operations.
The Manufacturing Operation Journey includes –
The session was concluded by highlighting that Technology should act as a base but organizations should not only depend on it. Prior assessment of maturity of the organizations – digital maturity, awareness of technologies available, sketching the Industry Value Chain and the focus area for impact, level of outcomes and thereafter choose and adopt integrated solutions.
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