Celebrating the silver jubilee of relationship with Ashok Leyland!
Sparkonix’s association with Ashok Leyland goes back to 1990s, when it chose the then newly launched Metal Arc Disintegrator for its Hosur Plant. Over the years, as Ashok Leyland added new plants, Sparkonix’s Metal Arc Disintgrators was the preferred choice across all the plants in India.
We speak to Arvind AR, Assistant General Manager at Ashok Leyland, Chennai. Arvind is a MS in Engineering Management from BITS, Pilani with deep expertise in project management and Lean Six Sigma techniques.
Evolution of Indian Machine Tools
The overall quality of the Indian machine tools has improved significantly, and are fast substituting the imported machines in many areas. In terms of technology, I can see a generic shift in metal cutting where Carbide tools have gradually taken over HSS tools in many applications in recent years.
Technology to compete globally
When competing globally, quality is the highest priority. Achieving the best in quality while keeping the costs lower and ensuring the fastest delivery time is the real challenge for manufacturers. Technology and innovative processes have an important role to create the competitive edge. Recently, I led a project where we were able to achieve over 30% improvement in productivity using innovative project management techniques. With technology as a tool, the potential to enhance efficiency using techniques such as lean manufacturing etc. must also be fully realised.
Choosing Sparkonix’s EDM technology
We are associated with Sparkonix since the early 90s. The first Sparkonix machine for Ashok Leyland was installed at the Hosur Plant and then other similar machines were deployed across all the plants in India. We use Sparkonix’s Metal Arc Disintegrator to recover/salvage components from broken tools. Currently, we have more than 10 Sparkonix machines with various capacities.