“Schneider Electric sees the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things as an “evolution,” not a “revolution”


Hussain Ahmed, Commercial Organisation - OEM Segment - Program Manager, Industry Business, Schneider Electric 

Hussain Ahmed, Commercial Organisation - OEM Segment - Program Manager, Industry Business, Schneider Electric in an exclusive interview with Jigar Patel (Editor, Automation & Controls – A&C TODAY), Hussain Ahmed talks about how technology trends transform industrial automation, benefits of Industry 4.0 & IIoT technologies, inclination of IIoT, challenges in process automation, how IIoT big data & IT will transform manufacturing industry, and Industry 4.0 &  IIoT mean for Schneider Electric.


"Siemens intends to extend and complete the Digital Enterprise Software Suite in the coming years”

Karlheinz Kaul- CEO, Control Products of Digital Factory division - Siemens AG, in an exclusive interview with Jigar Patel on digital factory concept and competitive advantage, Make in India program, Industrie 4.0 and business forecast.

Over the Last few years Delta Industrial Automation Business has gained tremendous momentum with an increased market share rapidly in all three of product segments: Drive, Motion & Control


Manish Walia, Vice President, Industrial Automation, Delta Electronics India

We have a plan to invest around USD 500 million in India in the next 10 years

Delta Electronics India’s IABU (Industrial Automation Business Units) has expanded considerable market share in Indian market, and reliable brand in AC servo motor and drives, AC motor drive/inverter, temperature controller, programmable logic controller - PLC, please briefs its voyage and share some of the company’s milestone.


 Bentley Applications provides  Real-World context for Design,  Engineering, Construction and  Operations...

Anne-Marie Walters,
Bentley Systems Inc., Industry Marketing Director, Process and Resources

Over its history, Bentley Systems has greatly expanded the breadth and depth of the comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure that it provides to architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators. In the process, it has established a number of strong brands in software solutions for diverse industries. Brief us on its voyage and share some of the company’s milestones.

Visitors from medium to big companies have visited our stall and have shown interest in buying our products

A&C Today Interview

Mr. Kartik Gandhi, Director, Gandhi Automations Pvt. Ltd.

Brief us about Gandhi Automation, and its entrance gate automation product ranges which are exhibited at ENGIMACH 2015 trade show

SMC launches more than 50 new products every year. As it is said that change is the most static aspect in the world. Keeping in view the changing trends, customer needs and driving parameters of futuristic technology, SMC continue to change its product technology accordingly.

SMC, the world leader in pneumatics, strives to understand customer needs thoroughly, after fully understanding the requirements of any manufacturing process offers customized solutions.

A&C Today Interview

Pick and Place System, SMC Pneumatics

Rajiv Yamdagni, Asst. Divisional Manager, SMC Pneumatics  India

Incorporated in 1995 SMC India is a 100% Subsidiary of SMC Corporation Japan, the World Leader in Pneumatic Technology. SMC India has three state-of-art manufacturing facilities in India. Two at Noida near Delhi, (spreading over 41000 Sq. mt.) and one in Chennai (46,000 Sq. mt.). These facilities comprise of separate floors for manufacturing and assembly. Special purpose CNC machines are installed for precision processing.


“We believe in providing best Plastics Processing Machines and solutions to customers to enable them to match latest technology and needs of the industry”


Shirish Divgi, (MD), Ferromatik Milacron India

“With a recent investment of $ 20 Million, Ferromatik Milacron India has expanded its foot print to 65000 Sq. Mtr. With this expansion, FMI has increased its manufacturing capacity from 1500 machines to 2100 machines per annum.”

We congratulate FMI team for the two Gold Trophies bagged at PLASTINDIA 2015. Could you please focus on Innovative Plastics Processing Machinery & Ancillary equipment that made your company standout?

Ferromatik Milacron India (FMI) is committed to deliver best technology and products to its customers. We believe in providing best Plastics Processing Machines and solutions to customers to enable them to match latest technology and needs of the industry. 

Plastindia 2015 was one such platform to interact with all stakeholders representing Plastics industry. FMI has demonstrated 5 different machines from 3 different technologies in one of the largest booth sized,  700 Sq. mtr.

The industry needs better ways to upgrade existing systems and maintain new systems to the highest level of performance”

A&C Today Interview

Wilkin Chin, VP, Research and Marketing, United Electric Controls Inc.

In an exclusive interview with A&C TODAY, Wilkin Chin, VP, Research and Marketing, United Electric Controls Inc., speaks to Jigar Patel about the company global market share, its milestone, breakthrough product, challenges in process industry, IoT and Connected Enterprise advantages and company's future planning in India.


"KEB products offer innovative features which cater to difficult machine building applications in plastic, textile, machine tools, crane, elevators, printing & metal”

Bhadresh Dani, Vice Precident, Bharat Bijlee Ltd.

In an exclusive interview with Automation & Controls - Bhadresh Dani, VP, Bharat Bijlee Ltd, speaks to Jigar Patel, Editor (A&C TODAY) about Bharat Bijlee's strong alliance with KEB Germany, Bharat Bijlee-KEB manufacturing plant set up, product range, after-sales service abilities and corporate forecast.

Can you tell us about Bharat Bijlee's alliance with KEB, Germany?

KEB was established in 1972 in Bantrup (near Hannover), and produces more than 150,000 frequency inverters and servo controllers every year. KEB's product portfolio is solution focussed, and caters to specialised applications. True to their motto "Designed in Germany-Made for the World", the company consistently addresses customer requirements for global availability. Know-how, Engineering, Benefit is just another way of looking at the KEB abbreviation. It is for these values that customers value KEB as a reliable partner for applications in virtually all areas of machine and plant building as well as plant, system and process technology. Bharat Bijlee first tied up with KEB as an exclusive sales and service partner in 2008, and the partnership has evolved since then: we now also manufacture VFD and Servo drives under license.

ARC Thirteenth India Pre-Forum Interview with Mr. G. Ganapathiraman, Country Manager, ARC India

"In a connected world there are no fullstops, only a series of commas. When we say Industry in Transition it is a period in time; it is like a giant wave that will soon engulf all aspects of doing business"

In an interview to A&C TODAY, Mr. Raman, M.D (ARC Advisory Group, India) had updated about the upcoming ARC's Thirteenth India Forum "Industry in Transition:  The Information Driven Enterprise for the Connected World", Internet of Things (IoT), Connected Enterprises modern technologies, Make in India campaign and growth of India's manufacturing industry. Excerpts from interview

Pepperl+Fuchs is very consistent to seek and work on technologies that may be best put to use for sensing and communication on the modern shop floor

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded considerable market share in the Indian market, and reliable brand in factory automation components, please briefs its voyage and share some of the company’s milestone.

Pepperl+Fuchs has always been close to its customers and the markets. It has been a firm belief in the company that a good ear to the customers and understanding their applications is the best way to meet the challenges for automation at site. Actions along this system of belief have been a very enriching experience for all segments within Pepperl+Fuchs.

Ravi Agarwal, Director - Factory Automation

Pepperl+Fuchs India

Nothing Industrial Just Individual

Likes, hobbies and preferences of Jim Pinto, Founder (formerly President & CEO) of Action Instruments Technology Futurist, Angel Investor, Speaker, Writer Industrial Automation Commentator, Analyst & Consultant

Since its inception in 1972, Jim Pinto was President and CEO of Action Instruments based in San Diego, CA. USA. In March of '98, Action was acquired by Eurotherm (UK), which in turn was acquired by Invensys in June '98.

Jim retired from Action Instruments after Eurotherm was acquired by Invensys, and since then he has been an angel investor, speaker, writer, technology futurist, author (two popular books, published by ISA in 2003 and 2005) industry commentator and M&A consultant. His popular eNews is widely read (direct circulation about 7,000, web-readership 2-3 times that number).

Jim Pinto is an Electronics Engineer by background. He was born in Bangalore, India, lived in England for about 8 years, where he founded KPE Controls. He moved to the U.S. in 1968 and worked for Burroughs Corporation, in Pasadena, California. He then moved to San Diego, where he founded Action in 1972.

Nothing Industrial, Just Individual

Likes, hobbies and preferences of Thomas R. Cutler, President & CEO of TR Cutler, Inc.

Thomas R. Cutler has been a microphone and amplifier for the manufacturing sector for more than two decades. While working for the Arizona Association of Industries (AAI), the manufacturing association for Arizona, Cutler served on the Council of States Manufacturing Association at the national level. Cutler also became integrally involved with the MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) program, a part of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technologies). Cutler served as the voice of the South Florida MEP, until launching TR Cutler, Inc. in 1999.

Indian Cluster of Mechatronics is akin more to clusters in developed countries where the focus is on innovation through collaborative models

Could you please brief us about the genesis of the Indian Cluster Of Mechatronics ?

During one of the Export Coaching Programmes (ECPs) for Engineering of CBI, The Netherlands, some concepts of emerging technologies and innovation came up for discussions. Most of us learnt for the first time that mechatronics was the principal innovation driver in industry in the last ten years. Since the discipline of mechatronics involved a huge amount of cooperative effort of different technologies and different entities, several Clusters of Mechatronics had been formed recently in Europe as a co-operative effort of SMEs and Institutions to contribute to innovation effort in a number of sectors. These European Clusters enjoyed active support of the European Commission, the local Governments, universities and the Developmental Institutions.

The concept of formation of Indian Cluster Of Mechatronics took birth at a dinner meeting of the CBI participants in a restaurant in Wurzburg in Germany. It came as a sort of revelation that each one of the participant present at the venue did constitute a an important constituent of Mechatronics. This prompted the European CBI Consultant to suggest that the participants having established some rapport during the ECP could stimulate creation of an Indian Cluster.

The suggestion received a very enthusiastic response and members agreed to work together to form a Cluster to drive innovation and automation in India.

Jagdish Mahajan - President, Indian Cluster of Mechatronics

Katlax’s Wireless products are trying to tackle this need and providing effective solution

L.R. Katrat, M.D & CEO, Katlax Enterprises



Brief about Katlax, and its ‘Wireless Automation’ product range which will be showcased at SPS IPC Drives, 2014?

Katlax is a leading Indian brand in automation with more than 20 years of expertise in manufacturing and marketing products.

Our products are broadly positioned in 4 verticals:

  1. Sensors & Field Device
  2. Interface Products (Connector & Cable assemblies) & Data I/O Junction Boxes
  3. Controllers &Instrumentation
  4. Wireless and Embedded Technologies

We have pan India presence with manufacturing headquarter at Ahmedabad (Gandhinagar), Gujarat and regional offices in other Indian metro cities like Mumbai, Pune & Bangalore. We serve more than 3000 OEMs and large end users in Indian and overseas markets. We also have a good reputation and market in private label products for reputed MNCs.

Katlax is consciously focusing on its strategic R&D initiative to offer eco-friendly products for Green Earth and all our initiatives for past few years have been intended towards reducing material and labour consumption and for sustainable growth and development of industrial world by reducing pressure on usage of resources.

The growth in India sets an example for our business in other countries worldwide

The extensive success that we have generated in India acts as a benchmark for us to map our performance. Lapp India is our second largest company; the country is highly resourceful and there is no dearth of skills.

During an exclusive Interface with Jigar Patel. Excerpts...

Richard Lee, CEO, Asia Pacific at LAPP GROUP and acting
Managing Director of LAPP INDIA Pvt. Ltd

LAPP India has expanded considerable market share, and reliable brand in Cables, Connectors, Cable Glands, Conduits and Accessories, please brief its voyage from the beginning and share some of its milestone.

India and Germany create an array of opportunities for one another, which remain uncharted

1. Could you elaborate on the scope of activities of the VDMA? The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) is the largest industry branch association not only in Germany but in the whole of Europe. This association with a workforce of 400 employees worldwide, consists of 3,100 member companies active in 39 engineering sector. VDMA India acts as a link between the German and Indian industry. Salient features of activities of the VDMA India office are:

  • Promotion of sales of Machinery Manufacturers within VDMA, especially exports, including participation in exhibitions.
  • Organizing symposia and similar presentations of German companies in India.
  • Participating in and servicing bilateral program such as those in existence, with governmental participation between Germany and India.
  • Furnishing of information about the complete product program of the German industry to assist Indian companies to identify right partners for mutual business relationship.

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