The seminar served as an opportunity to promote welding technology which remains the most critical for industrial sectors required to assure long-term reliability across applications.
Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) of Japan and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised a technical seminar and workshop on high precision arc welding technology at Chennai recently. This training program at Chennai was funded by Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry, Japan (METI). There are 2 more such METI supported training programs scheduled in this this year –one at Ahmedabad (October 23-24) and another at Jamshedpur (December 13-14). Panasonic Welding Systems was an Industry Partner by providing lecture and practical demonstration on latest welding equipment and robot technology to improve productivity of Indian metal fabrication industry. Other industry partners were Kobelco Welding, Japan (welding consumables) and Iwatani Corporation, Japan (shielding gas).
The seminar served as an opportunity to promote welding technology which remains the most critical for industrial sectors required to assure long-term reliability across applications such as fabrication of building, bridges, process plant equipment, manufacturing of automobiles, railways, ships, etc.
Kojiro Uchiyama (Consul-General of Japan in Chennai) was the Chief Guest of the programme. Some of the key dignitaries present at the occasion were S Chandramohan (Vice Chairman-CII Tamil Nadu State & Group President and CFO, TAFE Ltd), Hisashi Kanda (General Manager, AOTS-India), Sivanesan R (Sr VP, Quality, Sourcing & Supply chain, Ashok Leyland Ltd), Anand Swaroop (Chief Mechanical Engineer-Planning, Integral Coach Factory-Chennai), Masafumi Himeno (Divisional Director-SFS Division, Panasonic India Pvt Ltd) and R Senthil Kumar (Director ,Advanced Training Institute, Chennai).
The seminar served as a platform to promote Japan’s latest high-precision welding technology into India. The eminent faculty included Prof Kazuhiro Ito (Joining & Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Japan), who delivered valuable lecture on “New approaches in arc welding technology and trends: Design for improving fatigue properties/Improving a penetration shape using workpiece-vibration in twin-wire MAG welding”. Masaharu Sato (Japan Welding Engineering Society) covered the topic of “Importance of international standards on welding quality control and qualification of welders”. With an aim to support ‘Make in India’ vision, this initiative is expected to foster the growth of personnel engaged in the manufacturing sector, Welders and Welding Technologists in particular.
Expressing his views on the occasion, Kojiro Uchiyama re-iterated Japan’s strong support for initiatives such as Make in India, Digital India, Skill India and Start-up India. He also said, “Strong India benefits Japan and strong Japan benefits India. Japan has already started taking significant measures to improve the human resource in India and we will continue to support such kind of initiatives in India.”