Industrial gear drives & motors
Experiencing a positive growth trend
Interview of Chief Executive Mr.
Kuldeep Aggarwal in Engineering Review, December 2006 issue
Engineering Review - A monthly magazine on engineering
and allied industry
Published in the issue
Current scenario of Gears & Motors
As per Mr. Kuldeep Aggarwal (Chief Executive) Agro
Engineers, globally and in India, Industrial Gears remain a very
challenging Industry. The Gear, motors and mechanical power transmission
equipment is generally highly competitive with very low margins. Last 7 years
have been especially critical with cost of input doubling, but sale prices
rising by few percentage points. But in present scenario as buyers are becoming
more sensitive, manufacturer can no longer rely only on their low production
cost to gain a competitive advantage. The need to cut costs and
improve productivity is driving manufacturers to invest in more efficient power
important to the construction and performance of nearly and machinery, either
as components of the any different machine required producing a product, as
components of the machinery itself. They affect the reliability and the cost of
production. Although, gears are most basic form of engineering product,
reliable and cost effective suppliers are difficult to identify. Secondly, gear
boxes lack the standardization of sizes unlike electric motors. So, in case of
break down of gears, repair or replacement may take considerable time,
generally few days, sometimes this may run into months. So, generally,
customers prefer reliability over everything.
Future prospects of Gears & Motors Industry?
Mr. Aggarwal explained that industrial
gear drives and gear motors perform vital function in manufacturing sector. The
demand for reliable power, smaller sizes and more energy-efficient power
transmission systems create several opportunities for gear industry. The
industrial gear drives and gear motors market is forecast to experience a
positive growth trend. Major market trend in gear market includes increasing
product quality, decreasing product delivery times, services offered and most
important new product development is increasing gear competition. The prospect
of the engineering industry is strongly correlated to the economic activity in
the country especially in core sectors like power, infrastructure, mining, oil.
As investment cycle is going up government emphasis on improving the
infrastructure, capacity addition in various industries like textiles, steel,
metal etc will lead to increase in demand from engineering sector. Hence engineering components like gear and motor
industry, boilers etc will witness growth in future. Gear drives and gear motor
prices have fallen over past years and this has increased the demand and
Q) Standing in the global competition?
As per Mr. Kuldeep Aggarwal (Chief Executive) Agro Engineers the Indian Gear & Motor
Industry is dependent on the automotive industry, engineering industry and
machine tools industry for its production. In order to survive and maintain market
leadership there is a need to maintain the quality of the products that are
comparable to global standards. The vision is to build a strong technological
reduction in the import duties has made the imported engineering goods cost
effective as compared to indigenous items. Today, industries and engineering
sectors are compelled to cost-cutting work, increase productivity and improve
efficiency in manufacturing etc, for their survival. It is said that once the
price is forgotten, quality is remembered for a long time. Thus the quality product
manufacturing at the reduced cost needs a stable manufacturing process and
hence emphasis must be given to research & development as there is a scope
of improvement in it.
a greater need to automate the process, mechanism and systems in order to
achieve repeated quality standards at all levels of the industry. The export
has advantage that it enhances our quality of the products, optimises the
product design, instinct quality in every act.
The vision is to build a strong
technological foundation. The vision should be towards bringing ones identity
at the global recognition. If we package the right ingredients in our product,
we can always sell in any part of the world.
There are certain points which need to be
improved for the global presence like we must concentrate on making necessary
improvements in R&D, quality improvement (Qualify for ISO 9000 series or
other equivalent standards to ensure good quality and capability to maintain
such quality.), Use of CAD for optimization, use of PATSER scheme (Programme
Aimed at Technological Self Reliance) of DSIR. For transport weight is
important. Manufacturer must look into the possibilities of developing low
weight less space transmission.
Q) Technology transformations in Gears & motors industry?
Mr. Kuldeep Aggarwal (Chief Executive) Agro Engineers commented that the Indian gears industry
initially manufactured almost the complete range of metal-cutting and
metal-forming machine tools in standard, basic designs. The products from the
Indian basket comprise conventional machine tools as well as computer
numerically controlled (CNC) machines. Efforts were going within the industry
to improve the features of CNC machines, and provide further value additions at
lower costs, to meet specific requirements of users. The
Indian industry manufactured its early products through technical
collaborations from world-renowned manufacturers. But later on industry has
relied entirely on its own R&D efforts to develop and market a contemporary
range of CNC machine tools. This enabled them to modify their manufacturing
processes in order to become more productive.
Hence with all these enhanced
features, competitive pricing and marketing focus has increased demand for
Indian-gear industry in overseas markets, particularly in Europe United States,
and the East-Asian region.
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