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Industry 4.0

In most organizations, the IT network covers all the functions outside the shop floor – Accounts, HR, Stores, Sales, etc. Hence Managers from these departments have accurate and real-time data on all these functions and can take decisions in time.

The shop floor in most companies is usually not connected with the IT department, especially for real-time data. Computers on the shop floor, are usually only for incoming material entry and generating invoices, etc.

The shop floor is where the production of our components actually happens and all other departments exist to support this floor. There is a massive investment in machines that produce parts, and we sell these parts to make a profit for the organization. We need to ensure that this investment in machines is recovered to the fullest extent, by putting in systems to improve efficiency. Managers need accurate and real-time data on what is happening on the shop floor – how many parts have been produced, the efficiency level of each machine, the extent of losses in terms of machine downtime, part rejections, any big problems requiring immediate decisions, etc. None of this is however available. It can only be enabled by extensive use of IT, right up to each individual machine.

This is the basic principle which has given birth to the concept of Industry 4.0 and it is designed precisely to do this. Both Machines and Computers have been around for decades now, but they have never interacted with each other. Industry 4.0 connects the office IT to the shop floor and to the machines. Software and hardware that does machine monitoring (and control), transmits data to and from machines to the central database. For instance:

  • A supply chain software can reorder raw material and dispatch finished goods based on the production data from machines
  • A production scheduling software can continuously readjust schedules based on the status of the shop
  • An HR software can pay operators based on their efficiency and their presence or absence at the machine
  • Sales software can determine delivery dates based on live production status, and so on.
  • Making machines to be an integral part of your IT network is the basic fundamental of Industry 4.0

Just as "Lost time is never found again" every minute of time on a machine is precious. Each minute that the machine works, it makes money for us. Each minute that it is idle, we lose money. Once we have lost an hour of downtime, we can never recover it. For example, think of a CNC machine or press machine costing Rs. 100 per minute, which means for every minute lost, the company loses Rs. 100/-

The problem is that, on a typical shop floor, it is impossible to know how much time the machines are idle, and how much money we are losing. Some of us try to know, by having manual systems where people keep a note of downtimes and their reasons, and we do a post-mortem of the reports the next day. The reports are however too late and often do not give the actual status. If there is a situation requiring urgent attention, this system is not going to bring the situation to our notice. All these results in lost times, never to be found again.

The only way to reliably reduce lost time is by Industry 4.0 implementation through a 24/7 machine monitoring system. The system works non-stop, tracks your machine's production and downtimes, report them to you in seconds, and alerts you in case an urgent action is required.

This is the next thing happening at Takshi, we intend to be abreast with the modern technological advancements and implement Industry 4.0 across our manufacturing plants to ensure complete utilisation of our infrastructure. Like most things, it is easier said than done, but we are all geared up for new challenges and learnings.


Digital Transformation in HR

Digitization is the buzz word in the corporate world today and more so with the HR function. HR Analytics, Cloud Computing, Social media and the like are becoming like a hygiene factor for a seamless HR service. Digital Analytics gives power to HR professionals to take appropriate decisions related to people and the trends. In today’s fast-paced work life, mobility is of utmost importance and going mobile with better access to data is very useful.

Another integral part of the HR function is cloud computing which is mainly used for recruitments, payroll and other administration activities. It provides great accuracy with less hassle to bother about the changes in statutory regulations as these applications usually do take care of those dynamics. Apart from this great collaboration across geographic regions with ease is a greater benefit of cloud computing.

With all this in place, the function of HR should slowly and gradually transition into a much bigger and significant role. HR must play the role of a strategic partner. HR must have strategy and vision and align itself to the business goals. Future of personnel in HR will depend on the above skills rather than the mundane HR admin related activities. Embracing a strategic mindset will be the future of HR. Digitization can provide the needed analytics with accuracy but the Strategic HR role can only be played by a highly competitive HR personnel.

4 Key Advantages of a Superior Independent Front Suspension System

Your vehicle’s suspension system is responsible for smoothing out the ride and keeping your car in control. The suspension system absorbs the impact of the imperfections on the road to not only stabilize the car but also the passengers inside. The control arms of your vehicle’s suspension system allow your tires to smoothly go up and down in a controlled manner. Many front-wheel-drive vehicles only use a lower control arm, while trucks and SUVs often have both a lower and upper control arm. A control arm connects the wheel hub and steering knuckle to the frame of the vehicle. Vehicle suspension systems maximize the friction between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling.

One such type is the independent suspension system. The independent suspension system is a setup wherein each of the wheels on an axle is independent of the other one, hence, allowing itself to move freely. This is in contrast to the operation of the rigid axle suspension system, wherein, the movement of one wheel is dependent on the movement of the other one on the axle. There are basically three different types of configurations of independent suspensions:

  • Independent front suspension
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Fully independent system

In this article, we focus on the advantages of the Independent front suspension system:

1. Superior Handling

While sharp turns, a centrifugal force is created in the sprung vehicles. This forms a roll couple which leads the vehicle to tilt outwards. This tilt is countered by the resisting couple produced by the suspension springs. The magnitude of this resisting couple is given by the product of the spring’s reaction forces and the effective distance between them. In the case of a beam-axle suspension system, the width of the chassis where the supporting shackles are attached determines the maximum distance between the springs. Whereas in independent suspension with a transverse-arm linkage, this distance is the same as the wheel track of the vehicle. This length is greater than the width of the chassis which allows the usage of softer springs without affecting the body roll. These soft springs are ultra-sensitive which helps them cushion the stock and improve the ride quality. The independent front suspension from Takshi Auto offers a number of advantages like better handling & cornering, improved stability & steering, enhanced ride comfort and less weight.

2. Less weight

The rigid axle suspension is high in strength and simple to design at the expense of being bulky and possessing higher mass. This makes them a fair choice for the heavier cruiser vehicles and trucks. However, it is no longer practical in the smaller and lighter vehicles of today, in which the IFS system is able to impart greater stability, maneuverability, and responsiveness. Takshi Auto manufactures high-quality Independent Front Suspension systems that offer stability to vehicles while taking sharp turns, braking, and high speed, in addition to providing the passengers with smoother riding experience.

3. More stable

In rigid suspension, whenever one of the wheels bounce, the entire axle tilts, causing the opposite wheel to tilt either inwards or outwards - an effect called ‘bump steer’. This prevents it from traversing in a straight line leading to less control over the steering. Moreover, in heavy vehicles, rigid axles are less responsive during cornering, leading to instability. The Independent front suspension acts against both these issues by imparting freedom to each wheel allowing them to respond to the road surface independently.

4. Added Comfort

A comfortable ride is subject to various variables such as noise, vibration level, steering smoothness, etc. But what determines your vehicle ‘s comfort level the most is the degree to which the roughness of the road surface gets transferred to the vehicle’s body. In an independent suspension system, the front wheel decoupling creates isolation between the suspension and chassis, thereby improving the overall stability of the vehicle. If you are looking for a high quality independent front suspension system along with the LCA and UCA assembly, Contact Takshi Auto today!