Metal Casting Technologies : Whos who September 2012
28 www.metals.rala.com.au on 15 December, 2011 at ITI Kubernagar, Ahmedabad premises under “Skill Development” initiative of Industries and Mines Department of Government of Gujarat. ITI Kubernagar in collaboration with CFER has started Foundry Trade Apprentice course of one year duration for the first time that covers both classroom as well as practical training. Another training center has been inaugurated on 17 December, 2011 at IIF, southern region premises in Chennai by Mr. Gaurav Kapur, Director, Gargi HA. It is named as “Gargi HA Training Center” and has facility for training 55 persons. It is equipped with high tech facilities for conducting training programmes and seminars for workers, supervisors and managers of foundry industries. Recently, the Western Region of IIF has taken initiative to train shop floor workers on various topics such as moulding practices, core shooting practices, aluminium foundry practices, steel foundry practices etc. through local languages. These training programmes are to be conducted at different chapters of IIF, for which trainers are being arranged. Energy Efficiency improvement is another area of the training schedule. These training programmes are expected to start shortly. To attract students of engineering institutes towards foundry industries, a new initiative was taken for the first time during the 60th Indian Foundry Congress held on March 2-4, 2012 at Bengaluru. During the programme “Students Meet Young Foundry Leaders”, a few new generation foundry leaders shared their experiences and views on the burning issue of acute dearth of skilled manpower in the foundry sector. A distinguished panel of young foundry leaders deliberated on showcasing the modern Indian foundry, unconventional employment opportunities in the modern Indian foundry, knowledge and skill gap between industry expectation and educational institution and role of modern Indian foundry in enhancing student skills. Students showed keen interest to the presentations by young foundry leaders. Another recent development in this direction is the establishment of the National Knowledge Network (NKN): E-Foundry. The NKN is a state-of-the-art multi-gigabit pan-India network for providing a high speed backbone for knowledge related institutions in India, with the objective of creating highly trained professionals. Using this facility, the NKN:E-Foundry was launched for academic institutes on the National Education Day, 11th November 2011 and was formally opened to the foundry industry on the eve of the 60th Indian Foundry Congress held on March 2-4 2012 at Bengaluru. The NKN core committee commissioned the E-Foundry project, since a readily usable knowledge base on foundry was available. It is a free online resource of knowledge and technology in casting design and simulation having high quality content developed by experts that works under interactive and collaborative learning environment. The major resources available at the E-Foundry are lesson movies in casting design and simulation, online simulation lab and other learning resources containing technical papers and abstracts related to foundry. It is expected that the E-Foundry project would act as a catalyst to attract and retain young engineers to the metal casting industry. Indian Foundry Congress 2012 The 60th Indian Foundry Congress was held at Bengaluru during 2-4 March, 2012. About 1700 delegates attended the congress. It was accompanied by IFEX-2012 (8th Exhibition on Foundry Technology, Equipments and suppliers) and 2nd Asia Foundry Forum. The exhibition was inaugurated on 2nd March 2012 by IIF’s past president Mr. S. Thiagharajan. About 280 exhibitors (including 79 exhibitors from abroad) had displayed their products and services covering an area of approx. 15,000 sq. Meters. Four countries, namely, Japan, Italy, Germany and China had group participation. The Congress was inaugurated on the first day at 4-30 PM. By Mr. C . R . Swaminathan, Chairman, Organizing Committee of the Congress. Minister for large and medium scale industries of Karnataka state Mr M. R . Nirani announced during the inauguration that the government will set up a foundry cluster at Dobbaspet in next six months. It was also announced to set up Foundry Innovation Center at TO ATTRAcT sTUDENTs Of ENGiNEERiNG iNsTiTUTEs TOWARDs fOUNDRY iNDUsTRiEs, A NEW iNiTiATiVE WAs TAKEN fOR THE fiRsT TiME DURiNG THE 60TH iNDiAN fOUNDRY cONGREss...
Whos who September 2011