Interview with Rohit Pandit

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Rohit Pandit
Rohit Pandit
Director
Intex Consulting Group-VTMtex Virtual Textile Mill India Pvt Ltd
Intex Consulting Group-VTMtex Virtual Textile Mill India Pvt Ltd

Biggest challenge for India is to evolve around smart factory concept

Wuppertal, Germany-headquartered Intex Consulting GmbH is an ERP solution provider for the textile industry, operating through its subsidiaries in markets like Brazil, China, India and Thailand. Rohit Pandit, Director, Intex Consulting Group-VTMtex Virtual Textile Mill India Private Limited, stresses on digital transformation of the Indian textile industry.

How big is the market for ERP solutions in the textile industry?

The textile industry in India is quite mature in terms of ERP adoption and acceptance. The biggest opportunities are in the SME textile companies, which are growing.

As a private enterprise, what kind of governmental help will advance growth?

Since we are in IT for the textile industry, some funding or incentives for new IT technologies in textile manufacturing like programmes for automation and Industry 4.0 themes would help.

Which three factors will have a major impact on performance of the Indian textile industry?

Adoption of practical areas of automation on the shop floor to enhance efficiency and competitiveness; adoption of the smart factory concept and industry 4.0, and adoption of more digital ways of doing business across the internal and external supply chain will improve performance of India's textile industry. For example, we have collaborated with consultancy firm McKinsey & Company with eight other leading industry companies and rewarded research centres ITA at RWTH Aachen University, for the recently launched Digital Capability Center (DCC) in Aachen, Germany. 

During the inauguration, DCC showcased Industry 4.0 applications in warping, weaving, thermofixation, coating, digital printing, auto cutting and sewing of an individualised smart wristband, which will automatically transfer the order and customer information from an app to Intex ERP software, generating MRP and production orders, simultaneously producing order network with real time material tracking/movements on the shop floor through an RFID interface. 

DCC can reduce cycle time by up to 50 per cent, bring maintenance cost and downtime down up to 50 per cent, and increase productivity up to 55 per cent. Intex ERP Business Suite is the digital backbone of DCC in Aachen. Additionally, since it aims to offer a platform to managers to experience the real potential of Industry 4.0-related technologies in a live environment, Intex will enable smooth flow of operations through its vast technological offerings.

DCC claims that the key challenge of digital transformation for most textile producing companies is that the ERP system does not support the fluent integration of technologies. Thus, being the technological leader in ERP systems for the textile industry, Intex Consulting offers knowhow to support this process. This is just the first phase of DCC. More concepts will be implemented and showcased over time.

Which three factors will have a major impact on performance of the Indian textile industry?
Published on: 05/07/2017

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