Moving towards remote cement operations

Manish Chordia, Head of Cement market segment at ABB India, talks to Indian Cement Review about the industry's increasing focus on digitalization and remote operations.

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Indian Cement Review - Interview with Manish Chordia, Head of Cement market segment at ABB India.

How have merger and consolidation in national and international markets in the electrical and automation industry affected your business in the last 10 years and how do you expect it to change over the next decade?

Though it is a challenging environment we are maintaining a balance between new projects and service/upgrade requirements. Merger and consolidation had reduced greenfield opportunities, however, at the same time we got opportunities for upgrades and strengthening of the existing system. 


In your opinion, what shall be the major changes in the level of automation in the cement industry in the next 10 years? What shall be the specific areas of automation where you foresee significant changes? 

The focus is shifting toward digitaliization and remote monitoring/operations. To maintain competitiveness in market improvement, KPA/KPIs are now penetrated up to the lowest level and digital techniques are helping the management to monitor the same. 

In line with the Government’s Make in India movement, what level of indigenous manufacture content can we achieve in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation during the next 10 years and beyond? 

We are working in this area and will be able to share more details in a couple of months. 

In your opinion, what significant technological changes occurred over the recent past in electrical switchgear, transformers, cables, motors, lamps, automation, etc. to improve reliability and energy efficiency?

Digitization, smart equipment, and remote monitoring are the main changes. The focus has moved to predictive maintenance from a preventive one. Human safety is also getting equal priority nowadays.

Manish Chordia Associate Sales Director, ABB India

Manish Chordia is a dynamic electrical engineering professional with a rapidly progressive career span of 24+ years. He has gained exposure and cross cultural experience in handling and leading diverse functions like sales and marketing, business development, business unit project management, key account management, system engineering and plant operations mainly in cement domain.

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