Interview with G Radhakrishnan

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G Radhakrishnan
G Radhakrishnan
Managing Director
Sieger Spintech Equipments Pvt Ltd
Sieger Spintech Equipments Pvt Ltd

What are your thoughts on Industry 4.0 and robotics for automation in the textiles industry? What is the feasibility of such technology in India?

Industrial automation is inevitable and is the need of the hour. As availability of skilled and unskilled labour force is decreasing day by day, automation in textile machinery is a boom for the textiles industry. Sieger has thought about this well in advance and we have started producing machines with a lot of automation and robots. For example : 
  • We produce yarn conditioning plant with full automation which we call an Auto line. This plant consists of automatic loading of trolleys, automatic increase of moisture content in the pre-conditioning chamber, conditioning of the textile material in the yarn conditioning plant and unloading of trolleys.
  • C to C, short form for cone-to container system is where we employ robots in our machinery and it is a sophisticated and automated system to pick, transport, pack and store the cone from the automatic winders to storage yards.

What is the USP of your textile machinery products?

We at Sieger use the best quality and reliable inputs in our textile machinery production which has given us a good name in the industry. Our automation improves mill productivity, ensures consistent quality in the finished product, consumes less power, is low maintenance, and increases labour utilisation.

Which machines are in demand, and in which regions of the domestic and export markets?

We have a very good demand for YCP, ADOF and Auto Line. Recently, many mills showed interest to implement automation in the roving transportation system and conversion of existing manual ring doffing system to automatic. Medium and fine count mills find it uneconomical to go for link coners. So they show more interest to convert existing ring frames with manual doffing to automatic doffing. Demand for such products is good in north India, and in Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Indonesia.

What kind of after-sales services do you provide?

Sieger takes care of complete erection and commissioning of machinery. We also undertake warranty service and troubleshooting. Post-warranty, we enter into annual maintenance contracts with customers. We ensure timely supply of spare parts to our customers for uninterrupted production.

What are the challenges that the textile machinery manufacturers face in India? What can be done to overcome them?

Textile machinery manufacturers are facing a lot of major issues: lack of skilled labour, lack of sustained demand from the mills, high interest rates.

What is the budget you allocate towards R&D annually?

We generally allocate 4 per cent of our revenues towards R&D. We have a very strong and motivated R&D team with several patents to our credit.
Published on: 12/12/2016

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