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Global Approach To Rubber Machinery Technology

Make in India is an initiative launched by the Government of India in 2014 to encourage multi-national and national companies to manufacture their products in India. While this initiative has garnered significant international attention and keenly watched, few Indian machinery companies have been steadily building up their repute with global approach and right technology.

In this special edition of Know Your Supplier’s cover story, we feature one such company Bharaj Machineries Pvt. Ltd., through an interactive conversation with Amardeep Singh, Director – Sales & Projects.

Established in 1982 with a vision, to always produce most advanced and quality machinery for the rubber industry, Bharaj has transformed into a giant machinery supplier. Read the full interview here of how Bharaj’s aspiration to be leaders in their various business segments’ is filled with passion and backed with technology.

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Based in Mumbai, India, Bharaj manufactures and supply high-quality and advanced machinery for the rubber industry. They specialise in rubber mould manufacturing, rubber moulding, extrusion and mixing technology.

They are a preferred choice for many rubber related industries starting from Tyre, Automotive, Sports, Footwear, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and Specialized Silicon Rubber Industry with exports to USA, UK, France, Canada and many Asian Countries.

Here is a teaser from the interview.

Q) What products and services can a prospective equipment buyer expect when they approach you?

ASB: Yes, we offer complete solutions in rubber mould manufacturing, rubber moulding, extrusion and rubber mixing areas. Bharaj designs and manufactures latest technology rubber machinery that saves power, compact in size, has low maintenance, requires minimum labour through smart automation and are user-friendly. Our prospects can choose from a range of Cold Feed Extruders (Plain/Vent Types), Heavy duty Rubber Mixing Mills, Rubber Dispersion Kneaders, Hot Feed Extruders, Refiner Mills, Cracker Mills, Grinding Mills, Calenders with complete lines, Batch-Off Units, Vulcanizers, Bale Cutters, Conveyors, Stock Blenders, Vacuum Compression Type Rubber Moulding Machines, etc.

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Q) How do you compete technologically on your product offerings? 

ASB: Starting as a small manufacturing unit, today Bharaj Machineries has evolved into a well-respected machinery supplier for the rubber industry in India as well as in the Global Market in the areas of rubber mould manufacturing, rubber moulding, extrusion and mixing technology. We focus on providing high quality machinery at a competitive price. The wide range of quality machinery made by Bharaj is well-accepted worldwide. Our competitively priced equipment performs consistently and we extend prompt back-up. We export to developed countries like USA, UK, France, Canada and many Asian countries. Hence, it is also apt to mention here that Bharaj manufactured machinery are considered as a first choice for many rubber related industries starting from Tyre, Automotive, Sports, Pharmaceutical, Footwear, Aerospace and Specialized Silicon Rubber Industry. Depending on the equipment, we offer quick delivery to our customers. Some of our equipment is delivered in as low as 25 days.

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As they pursue global growth, Bharaj management respects and value every equipment buyers’ desire for optimum technology in their production floor. Emphasizes, Amardeep Singh Bharaj,

“We recommend the right machinery with right features that gives our customers the best return on his investment. This means we consult him on equipment selection to match his production process, share layout drawings and take great care to clarify his genuine queries in the most practical manner feasible. Depending on availability, we arrange equipment visits for our prospects either at our 30,500 Sft ultramodern and state-of-the-art manufacturing plant near Mumbai or at any of customer sites.”

I hope you find the contents on this leading rubber and tyre industry equipment supplier, and their global approach to rubber machinery technology, informative .

Below is the rubber machinery supplier info image-card of Bharaj Machineries and their contacts, if you would like to reach them quickly.

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In addition, we have two other knowledge-enriching topics from our portal in the ‘Insight’ and ‘Tips’ sections of this special edition.

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Practical Modern Solutions For Tyre And Rubber Industry

Change is inevitable. Changes in the business environment happen all the time. The economy fluctuates up or down on a daily basis, frequently causing businesses to alter the way they operate. New competitors enter the marketplace while others leave. Advancements in technologies, products and innovation lead to change in a business environment.

Sustaining and innovating amidst changes is the hallmark of exemplary leadership. Pelmar Group has been displaying dynamic leadership for the last 50 years! Hence, in this special edition of Know Your Supplier’s cover story, we showcase for you Pelmar Engineering Ltd., the Practical Modern Solution Providers For Tyre And Rubber Industry.

We understand from our conversation with Jacob Peled, Founder and Executive Chairman, that Pelmar had three consecutive record years. And is now planning expansion of both its commercial and technical activities in Israel and worldwide.

It’s not easy to achieve three record years consecutively handling a range of activities that include pre-owned machinery, new equipment, complete engineering services, raw materials, military technical rubber production, technology transfer, M&A activity and more. Because, this requires efficiency and focus.

Don’t miss our main interview to know how Pelmar has been consistently outperforming customer expectations year-on-year.

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An anecdote shared by Peled in his own words that I choose to mention here.

“I was asked a question yesterday evening by one of the persons I admire most in the industry, Michael Labbe the Managing Director of Rema TipTop, how could I and Pelmar cope with handling so many various subjects efficiently at the same time. He referred mainly to Pelmar handling pre-owned machinery, new equipment, complete engineering services, raw materials, military technical rubber production, technology transfer, M&A activity and more. I did not have a proper answer.

This morning I had breakfast with the technical director of one of the major Tier 1 tyre companies, who asked me how could I with the size of our Group, with the international spread, with the diversity of functions handle only one industry, the tire and rubber industry. I tried to explain that tire and the technical rubber industry are separate, but found myself mumbling.

The worst thing about the above is that both questions are absolutely correct and in place. The only answer that I can think of is that because we are handling “just one industry” we can and should be involved in as many aspects of this industry as possible.”

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Identifying and capitalizing on the opportunities swiftly along with thirst for growth has helped Pelmar diversify their expertise, spread reach globally and offer single-stop shop total solutions for rubber and tyre industry.

Additionally, on this digital edition, we have two knowledge-enriching topics from our portal aptly titled ‘Insight’ and ‘Tips’ sections.

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I hope you find the contents informative to learn more about this leader in rubber and tyre industry.


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Meet A Technology Supplier in Cutting Edge Rubber Injection Moulding

Injection Moulding is an important processing technique for converting elastomeric materials into final products. The injection moulding machine automatically performs raw material feeding, heating, polymer mix plasticization, and mould injection; all operations are performed under controllable conditions of temperature, time, speed and pressure.

As Injection Moulding of Rubber compounds becomes an increasingly important moulding process, it is crucial that machinery technology stays ahead to meet the rapidly changing requirements.

Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co., Ltd is a hi-tech enterprise focusing on Design, R&D, Production, Sales and Service of moulding machines. High-quality Rubber Injection Machines (RIM) by one of their subsidiaries, Yizumi Rubber Machinery Co., Ltd., is amongst their main products.

In this Rubber & Tyre Machinery World’s Special Edition of Technology & Innovation, I bring you an exclusive interview with Wang ShihaiGeneral Manager of Yizumi Rubber Machinery Co., Ltd. We understand from Wang that since last 6 years, innovation, technology and thirst for global leadership has been driving their RIM business.

“Yizumi has seen a rapid growth in global sales so far and we are committed to provide free of charge service under warranty”, emphasizes Wang Shihai.

I reproduce for you a teaser of our conversation in this post. Please do read full interview to comprehensively Know this Technology Supplier in Cutting-Edge Rubber Injection Moulding Machinery on the special edition here or by clicking on the below image.

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Q) I see that you have big range for Rubber Moulding Industry (comprising of more than 7 Models). So, what products and services can a prospective buyer expect when they come to you?

Wang Shihai: Besides customized machines, Yizumi has other 7 machine series because there are so many types of rubber products and they are different in shape and performance demand. Also, customers’ requirements vary a lot, so we recommend different machine series for customers with different products. When customers have no idea of which model fits for them, we will give detailed analysis including TCO evaluation based on customers’ needs.

Q) Do you believe that buyers should evaluate TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) while buying machinery and not just the initial price? Have you been successful in your markets to convince your buyers to evaluate the TCO of equipment?

Wang Shihai: We cannot agree more. And we have several successful cases where customers are satisfied. But we should pay attention to the following points when evaluating TCO:
1. Correct basic data;
2. Verifiable method;
3. Customer’s actual production status;
4. Ultimate benefits oriented for customers.

To make up, modify, or exaggerate the data for winning the orders will affect the final result of TCO, and it should be avoided.

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Q) Could you throw some light on how do you compete technologically for your products and service offerings against the European brands? How do you keep pace with the rest of the world to meet your goal of being “No.1 in the rubber injection machine industry” by 2017? 

Wang Shihai: Normally, European brand RIM is high in both performance and price. And it is widely accepted as good machines but what Yizumi prefers is to recommend a machine that is most suitable for the customer. Yizumi adopts modular design including 5 different types of injection plasticising structure (injection volume
0.15L – 80L), 7 types of clamping structure (clamping force 25T – 1800T) in total. The injection plasticising unit in different structure and different volume and clamping unit in different structure and clamping force can form 51 machine models, among which you can have 5 different power systems with more than 30 other optional devices for choices. We offer most suitable technology, machine model and configuration according to customer’s needs. Also, customization is available in order to guarantee that customer can purchase more suitable equipment and avoid the waste of machine performance and functions.

Meanwhile, Yizumi is the first RIM manufacturer to provide globally free after-sales service within warranty. Even after warranty, Yizumi will provide life-long machine maintenance and upgrade services at a fair price.

Besides, in order to launch “low price machine” to the market, some European brands adopts mechanical parts with low quality and cut down some necessary functions. This is totally not in line with the developing trend of rubber moulding industry.

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China has already become an important production base of the global moulding equipment industry. Chinese equipment have become more relevant in global market. And Yizumi is a company that innovates regularly and focuses on providing cutting-edge technology to its customers.

“Yizumi is the most reliable partner for customers, please tell us what you really need, let’s decide the most suitable machine model for you” says Wang Shihai.

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Below is a rubber machinery supplier info image-card of Yizumi and their contacts, if you would like to reach them quickly.

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I hope you find the contents informative to learn more about this Rubber Injection Machinery (RIM) supplier.


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Tyre Technology Is An Amalgamation Of Science And Engineering – P.K.Mohamed

Tyre Technology is an amalgamation of science and engineering. It is dominated by physics, chemistry, mechanical and chemical engineering, says P.K.Mohamed, Chief Adviser – Research & Technology and Member of Management Board, Apollo Tyres Ltd. in an exclusive interview with Rubber Machinery World.

Mohamed is a soft-spoken and an accomplished tyre technologist with 5 decades of experience in the field of Tyre Technology and Manufacturing. When you read this passionate interview of his journey from a college lecturer to a well-known tyre technologist, you will observe struggles, challenges, achievements, dedication and loyalty; and importance of continuous education – a complete package of learning and leadership wisdom for new generation of aspiring professionals in tyre industry.

Mohamed is a Fellow Member of the Rubber and Plastic Institute London, Member in the Management Board of Apollo Tyres Ltd, Industrial Advisory board of Centre for Tyre Research, USA, IRCO and Area Director of American Chemical Society Rubber Division. Mohamed is also the Chairman of Indian Tyre Technical Advisory Committee (ITTAC), Technology Environment Safety and Standard (TESS) group of ATMA and past chairman of IRI. He has several international publications to his credit.

Mohamed’s exceptional knowledge, clarity, relevance and insight on the various aspects is awe-inspiring. I consider it a privilege to know him and present his thoughts to you in our “Know A Leader” Series.

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I urge you not to miss reading this complete interview online on our digital edition (please click on the image above). You will immensely gain from his wisdom shared through passionate narration of personal experiences growing Apollo’s technology might; know his views on changes in rubber compounding,  future of tyre building, new ideas energizing the tyre industry, sustainable profitability, automation, notes for equipment manufacturers, and machinery selection advice for buyers.

Here’s one teaser Q&A below, while the full interview has 10 questions.

Q6) Tyre design is a fascinating topic though few people really understand the differences in design between brands. How has the design of tyres really changed during as you witnessed it? What were the key factors driving this change?

P.K.Mohamed:

Tyre technology is an amalgamation of science and engineering. It is dominated by physics, chemistry, mechanical and chemical engineering. Tyre is a product which is a unique combination of steel and rubber.

Steel is responsible to withstand all stresses experienced by the tyre and rubber is responsible for taking care of its strain. Such an intelligent sharing of stresses and strain is rarely seen in any other product other than a tyre. So it is a challenge for the tyre engineer to design a carcass of a tyre with minimal strain on material when the same is stressed by inflation, vehicle load or traction loads. This challenge further increases when it comes to the tread design. Tread is responsible not only for providing adequate traction, mileage, and water drainage but also need to cater to other performance requirement of rolling resistance and noise. It is noticed that, several new concepts such as natural inflated profile (NIP), and Tension Controlled Optimized Theory (TCOT), have been tried by several companies but the tyre technologist is yet not very successful in creating a carcass which can withstand under inflated condition and provide the same performance. This still remains as a challenge. In the case of tread, several developments have taken place to enhance water drainage & traction improvement, reduction in foot print pressure & noise and improvement in aesthetics and aggressive looks. While the pattern design methodology followed by many companies generally follow same guidelines, significant deviations are seen recently to meet the new-found challenges in meeting label values in RR, traction and noise. In depth understanding is required to make significant alterations in tried and tested designs to meet ever-increasing performance requirements and advanced design simulation tools are of great use for the tyre designers in this process. With the usage of new materials and improvements in compound properties, tyre technologists are now trying to tune the behavior of new compounds in different designs for optimal performance in a given operating condition.

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Turnkey TSR Processing Experts – Know Your Supplier

If you are into rubber sourcing, you already know that introduction of Technically Specified Rubber (TSR) has standardized the rubber grading (as compared to RSS) and simplified procurement for buyers. Depending on the origin, you get Standard Malaysian Rubber (SMR), Standard Thai Rubber (STR), Standard Indonesian Rubber (SIR), Standard Sri Lanka Rubber (SSR), Standard Vietnam Rubber (SVR), Indian Standard Natural Rubber (ISNR), etc.

Setting up a TSR production line demands a uniquely different series of main and allied machinery lines (starting with cup/crumb rubber to bales from stacked rubber sheets). More importantly, you need an expert to guide you well.

At Rubber Machinery World, our effort to bring you information on an equipment supplier’s Competency, Capacity, Commitment, Communication, Technology, Market Presence, Culture and other details that you seek; continues with this advertorial of ‘Know Your Supplier’.

In this post, I introduce you to a two-decade old Turnkey TSR Processing Machinery Supplier based in India and expanding fast.

Hevea Engineering Works Pvt. Ltd  is into Design, Manufacturing, Supply, Installation, Commissioning and Service of machinery for TSR Processing and Rubber Moulded Goods Industry since 1996 with a glowing reputation in India and overseas.

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From an exhaustive interview with Tom C. Abraham, Director, we understand that Hevea Engineering Works (HEW) is fast building on its reputation and expertise of very strong pre-sales consulting, customized machinery design and post-sales support for Turnkey TSR processing.

I reproduce for you a teaser of our conversation in this post. Please do read full interview to comprehensively Know Your Supplier on this special edition here or by clicking on the below image.

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Q. What are the major strengths of Hevea Engineering Works? How do you add value to TSR equipment buyers?

We have established a strong base in TSR processing machinery in last 20 yrs. We understand the complete TSR value chain – right from cup rubber to final usage. This gives us the unique perspective to recommend the right solution to our customers. The ‘solution’ can vary from as basic (though important) as consulting on plant layout and design to supply of customized machinery for TSR processing. For example, you would benefit from different designs for a DRC of 45% as compared to DRC of 80%. Again machinery varies for latex processing, field coagulum, or RSS reprocessing. We understand TSR best. We improve our designs regularly based on our customers’ feedback. Additionally, at our own production facility, we test our products.

This means when customers buy from us, they can be assured of machinery that is improved in design, are user-friendly and has low maintenance.

Competitive pricing is another big strength with us because we control the design and manufacturing in-house.

Q.  I see that you have a vast range of equipment for TSR industry. So, what products and services can a prospective buyer expect when they come to you?

TSR Processing machinery selection can be complex for a new entrant while established processors understand the nuances well. This is because depending on the nature of the raw material (for example latex processing, field coagulum, RSS reprocessing, etc) the machinery design, usage and functionality vary. At HEW, we understand the TSR value chain comprehensively. This means when a prospective buyer comes to us he could discuss his requirement of main TSR Processing Main Machinery like Slab Cutter, Pre-Breaker, Hammer Mill, Creper, Shredder, Dryer, Hydraulic Press together with the supporting machinery Conveyor, Grab Bucket, Crumb Filling Station, Bucket Elevator, Scrubber, Metal detector, etc. For new projects, we recommend that buyer involves us from start like site selection/planning, layout design, machinery selection and a detailed cost estimate. We also help in providing electrical data, water requirements, Effluent Treatment etc. This is highly advantageous for the customers, as it saves a lot of initial time and money, and also greatly reduces the project execution time.

Lately we have diversified into rubber moulding machinery like intermix, kneader and moulding presses. An existing user can discuss with us his reconditioning or service requirements in these ranges of machinery.

Summarizing, our endeavor is to provide quality machinery at a competitive price and continue building our list of satisfied customers in India and abroad.

Q. How do you differentiate yourself as well as compete on price of your products with other brands in the market and of course with the cheaper SE Asian machines?

Hevea Engineering Works has been designing and manufacturing TSR processing machinery since 1996. We did our first export to Srilanka and In 2007, we also set up the first TSR processing factory in North-East India for our customer. Since then, we have built on our strengths of delivering high quality product at competitive pricing, leveraging in-house design and engineering capabilities to customize. Our expertise in TSR processing machinery is built both from our acquired knowledge of the industry and our personal experiences. We have designed our Dryer to minimize the heat loss, yielding greatly reduced fuel consumption. Another example – our crepers, pre-breakers etc have been redesigned to greatly reduce maintenance schedules and costs. The increased machinery uptime influences the efficiency significantly. Our products are built to suit the raw materials available in each region. In India, the manufacturing capacity of a typical TSR plant is 40-60 tons per day. Our machines easily match this capacity. Because of these considerations, and also due to the relatively low manufacturing costs in India, our prices are very competitive. Further, in addition to our competitive prices, we are very strong on pre-sales consulting, customized machinery design, operator training and post-sales support.

So, if you are looking for highest Return-On-Investment with the quickest payback period, our product range is easily the right solution for you.

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Also, in this eEdition, for your comprehensive information we included a box, adjacent to pictures, explaining the utility of each machinery in a TSR Production Line. Download PDF Here

Meanwhile, here is a quick overview of TSR Processing Machinery Solutions from Hevea Engineering Works and their contacts if you would like to reach them quickly.

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The Future Will See A Lot of Machinery Makers – David Shaw

The future will see a lot of machinery makers; some will be based in Asia; some in Europe and some in the Americas. It will become a lot more difficult to guess which offer high tech and high prices or low tech and low prices simply by looking at their country of origin, says David Shaw, CEO of Tire Industry Research, in an exclusive interview with Rubber Machinery World.

David Shaw, is a tall leader and a global expert on the international tire and rubber industry. He has studied tire manufacturing, raw materials, processes and technologies and how they vary around the world. This deep technical knowledge, built up over 25 years combined with a thorough understanding of branding, pricing and distribution channels, gives him a unique advantage to analyse regional and global strategies in car, light truck, heavy truck & specialty tires.

With exceptional knowledge, clarity, relevance and insight, David offer both overviews and detailed analyses of companies, markets, sectors, segments and regions as a strategy consultant.

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I consider it a privilege to know him and present his thoughts to you in our “Know A Leader” Series. Because, it is a lengthy interview covering a wide topic on trends, growth drivers, innovation, sustainability, tire design, machinery improvements, concerns, role of China & India, etc; I reproduce below only 3 Q&A’s to give you a feel.

I invite you to read the complete interview online on our digital edition (by clicking on the image above).

Q3) One school of thought that has been endorsed by another expert is that there have been very few changes in tyre industry in the last 100 years. Your views?

David Shaw: I saw your interview with Jacob Peled. I like Jacob very much. He has been a good friend and teacher to me and has been in the business longer than I have, so I have great respect for his views.

He is right to say that there has been limited progress in the fundamental design of much equipment in the tyre and rubber industry, but I think his analysis can be expanded. We have seen huge improvements in the detailed design. Productivity, repeatability and process-flexibility have all improved tremendously in the last couple of decades, albeit in a series of incremental improvements.

The introduction of consumer labelling for tyres a few years ago in Japan, Korea and the EU led to a near-revolution in the tyre manufacturing side in which machinery makers were asked to deliver equipment that can make semi-finished components and finished tyres with tight Cpk and Cpp values.

Tyre building has changed massively – not only with the introduction of radial designs in the 1940s, but over the last couple of decades the need for more automation and faster size changes has led to a transformation in the design of TBM equipment and especially building drums.

Although mixers still use the same principles as original designs of Thomas Hancock, the power of the rotors, the heat transfer capacity and the variety of rotor designs for high shear, intensive mixing and other processes show tremendous creativity and development.

It so happens that I believe the internal mixer is close to the end of its development cycle. I think that in the near future we will see some very significant developments in mixing technology which can overcome some of the limitations of internal mixers when it comes to high-volume, highly dispersive mixing of silica in solution SBR and high molecular-weight Nd-BR compounds.

Q6) What new ideas are energizing the tyre industry globally? How much of it is related to machinery developments or improvements?

David Shaw:I have hinted above that I think the internal mixer is approaching the end of its product development cycle. Wear rates on tyres are closely linked to the uniformity of the compound on a 10nm – 100nm scale. That’s the size of agglomerations of carbon black and silica particles. More discontinuities in that size range lead to greater stress concentrations and consequently increased wear under dynamic loading as seen in hard cornering or heavy braking.

Current internal mixers are close to their limit when compounders want good dispersion on these scales, especially when mixing silica which likes to self-agglomerate.

I think we will see some very significant changes to the mixing process during 2016. If the industry adopts these new changes – and I am convinced that they will – then the design of compounds and the care of compounds will become a new field for machinery makers. I can envisage whole new classes of machinery which are less aggressive towards the compound. This in turn should lead to lower energy costs and improved product performance.

Second, the machinery suppliers have traditionally looked only at initial capital investments by tyre makers with on-going maintenance contracts where they can sell them. They have restricted themselves to the machinery.

I suspect that one or two of them will venture into the raw materials supply area. Already we have seen Mesnac investigating some material properties. Today this is largely driven by a need to better understand how these materials can be processed.

I remember a conversation with Ronil Malaney in India a few years ago. At the time he was acting as agent for machinery makers and for materials suppliers. There are strong synergies in that combination.

As machinery supplier, you get an idea of the capacity of the factory and so can predict what materials will be needed and in what volumes. As materials supplier, you can get an idea of when a factory is close to capacity and might want to think about expanding, so can time your upgrade suggestions accordingly.

Q10) What would be your advice on machinery to both equipment buyers and equipment sellers?

David Shaw: To both buyers and sellers, I’d say the future will see a lot of machinery makers; some will be based in Asia; some in Europe and some in the Americas. It will become a lot more difficult to guess which offer high tech and high prices or low tech and low prices simply by looking at their country of origin.

My advice to sellers would be to explore every way of removing cost without removing value and to develop a deep understanding of the attributes your customer thinks genuinely add value; concentrate on those aspects to exceed the expectations of your customer.

To buyers, I’d say look at the total cost of ownership, but also think about the kind of tyres you want to make and assess the performance needed for each operation within that envelope. In many cases, balancing initial cost against overall quality can bring the amortisation time down, so reducing the overall financial risk.

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Machinery Is The Key To Rubber Processing – Dr. Chakravarty

Machinery is the key to rubber processing and brought significant changes in rubber industry, says Dr. S.N.Chakravarty in an exclusive interview with Rubber Machinery World. Celebrating his 50th year in Rubber Industry working in different countries including India, he shares his experience.

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Dr. Chakravarty has many achievements to his credit. After working in Bayer AG, Germany for many years he became Technical Manager of Bayer (India) Ltd. and then of Modi Rubber Ltd. Subsequently he started his own Consultancy Organisation in Rubber and related field.

He is the past Chairman of Indian Rubber Institute and Rubber Committee (PCD14) of Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), Fellow of Plastics & Rubber Institute, PRI (UK), Indian Rubber Institute (IRI),  Indian Chemical Society (ICS), Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Inst. of Chemist and Member of Rubber Division, American Chemical Society (USA). He represented India in TC 45 / ISO & was a member of IRCO, UK Committee, Convenor of 1st Int. Rubber Conf., Rubber Con ’93 Delhi in 1993 and member of ITTAC for many years.

Dr. Chakravarty has been Hon. Professor of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Kharagpur, visiting Faculty to different Universities & Institutes. He was the first President of Asian Rubber Forum to which all Asian countries like Japan, Korea, China, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal etc. are members.

Dr Chakravarty has more than 106 Publications in National & International journals of repute. His work in the area of Rubber Chemistry & Technology and educational activity are well recognised all over the country & abroad. Dr. Chakravarty has traveled widely over the world and has command over different languages.

Recently he was awarded the “TRiLA Life Time Achievement Award, 2015” by Tyre Times at the recently concluded Tyre expo in Chennai.

So, now you would understand my predicament when I had to limit to 10 questions to capture his vast knowledge, leadership and expertise to feature him in your Know Your Rubber Leader Series!

Fortunately (for me), he also shares his expertise through articles on this portal. (Read his earlier posts – Mixing & Mix Design and Injection Moulding Of Rubber Product)

Below are some thoughtful snippets of his interview while you could read the complete interview by clicking on the image below.

Know A Rubber Leader - Dr.Chakravarty

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  1. Would you say that rubber processing has undergone change in the last 4.5 decades that you have been with rubber industry? What were the drivers for this change?

Surely, rubber processing has undergone substantial changes over the last about 5 decades, This is mainly due to availability of developed machinery – Mixer, Extruder, Calender, Presses etc., along with electronic / microprocessor controls, as well as development of rubber technology & ingredients used in compounding. Machinery is the key to rubber processing.

  1. What role has machinery played in this change?

Machinery played many fold role in rubber industry. These developments of machinery have made it possible to

  • Improve production output (impact on cost)
  • Superior dispersion & homogeneity – improvement in property level.
  • Lowering of wastage – impact on cost
  • Dimensional accuracy of components
  • Accuracy in working – improvement in quality
  • Effective Quality Control (QC)
  • Energy saving – very important factor
  • Pollution Control, better housekeeping, health factor for the working people in this industry.

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