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Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Pune had organized the 1st edition of Smart Manufacturing Conclave on 13th September 2016 in Pune with an objective to harness the IT skills to make the manufacturing industry more competitive.

Dr Arvind Tilak, Co-Chairman, CII Smart Manufacturing Conclave 2016, Immediate Past Convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel & Chief Executive Officer, Ascent Intellimation Pvt Ltd during the inaugural sessionsaid that CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel has already published a discussion paper on “Smart Manufacturing – Leveraging Technologies for Greater Productivity”. Later, the panel had also conducted Pan India “Survey on Smart Manufacturing” in two phases and today the ‘Survey Report on Smart Manufacturing’ was released during the inaugural session.

Mr Dilip Sawhney, Member, CII Manufacturing Council & Managing Director – India, Rockwell Automation India Ltd said that Smart Manufacturing is a journey and aachieving organizational alignment and setting the right priority is critical to the success of a Smart Manufacturing implementation. The key to successful connected enterprise is ability to manage change and how compatible the new age technologies are, he added.

Mr Parag Satpute, Managing Director & Country Manager, Sandvik Asia Pvt Ltd said that we stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. Industry 4.0, or the 4th Industrial Revolution is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. As business leaders, we have to be proactive and be ready for the change. One should understand the core business philosophy and strategy on how to use automation to improve core business philosophy.

The evolution of products into intelligent, connected devices—which are increasingly embedded in broader systems—is radically reshaping companies and competition. We are going to move to the level of data management which is big in size and complexity. Currently, we are familiar with the terms used today to describe how much data a computer can store: megabytes, or gigabytes, or terabytes. But computers are storing so much data these days, thanks to the big data trend, that the IT industry has had to invent new words to describe the amounts through “brontobytes” of data, said Mr Shishir Joshipura, Chairman, CII Smart Manufacturing Conclave 2016, Chairman, CII Pune Zonal Council & Managing Director, SKF India Ltdduring his address. He also said that few jobs which exist now will vanish over a period of time due to information explosion of a very different kind. Entirely new functions are emerging, including those to manage the staggering quantities of data now available, he added.


Mr Narendra Barhate, Convenor, CII Pune IT & ITeS Panel & Managing Director & CEO, Seed Infotech Ltdduring his concluding address said that smart manufacturing is a broad category of manufacturing with the goal of optimizing concept generation, production, and product transaction. The hidden meaning of ‘SMART’ is ‘S’ – Specific. ‘M’ – Measurable, ‘A’ – Achievable, ‘R’ – Relevant and ‘T’ – Timebound, he added.

The conclave was well attended by around 200+ participants across industries.