12-Oct-2019  Chennai

Henkel Anand & Toyota Kirloskar Motor collaborate to improve efficiencies using Industry 4.0

Henkel Anand India Pvt Ltd (HAIPL), today, announced that it has collaborated with Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd (TKM), to establish a self-reliant system using industry 4.0 at its Chennai plant. This partnership will enable the HAIPL Chennai plant to eliminate wastage and achieve zero defect in all its products.

Sharing his thoughts on this ambitious drive, Mr. B Padmanabha, Vice President, Manufacuturing-Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “At Toyota, we truly believe in the ‘Customer First‘ philosophy and always take inspiration from Kaizen (Continuous improvement) to offer Quality, Durability and Reliability through our products and services, ensuring customer delight. "Do it right first time, every time“ has always been our goal to establish built-in quality assurance not only at our manufacturing plants, but also in our entire supply chain process. Keeping this thought process in mind, we have taken various initiatives to improve the Supplier Quality Performance. One such initiative is by promoting the Jiritsuka process (which in Japanese means Self-reliant process) where we develop our Supplier partners to enhance their process capability. Through this, we have helped our supplier partners to achieve Zero Defect Generation at manufacturing process, fulfilling our core belief to strengthen supply chain in our quality journey.”

He further added, “We are pleased to partner with Henkel Anand India Private Limited to establish Model Line under our Self-reliant initiative. We appreciate their constant efforts in this journey and look forward to gain mutual benefits and contribute to deliver Best Quality Cars to our valued customers.”

In November 2018, HAIPL launched Jiritsuka line at its Chennai plant in association with TKM. This line is based on Industry 4.0 and integrates the ERP and process control system to a centralized server. This enables monitoring and control of all manufacturing processes through a customized software. Critical process controls are established through IoT devices to ensure error proofing at all manufacturing stages to give best quality products and ensure zero defects.

Speaking on the topic, Bappa Bandyopadhyay, Director Operations and Projects – Henkel Adhesive Technologies - India said, “With digitalized processes, at HAIPL Chennai plant, we now have a huge quantum of live data across the complete value chain, which is being used for predictive quality assurance.”

“Leveraging Industry 4.0 can improve supply chain resource efficiency on production by 5-6% and can help Henkel in persuing its vision of being 30% more efficient by 2030. The system at Henkel’s plant can gather information on sustainability, efficiency, quality and safety in real-time and allow for cloud-based analytics for diagnostics, predictions and prescriptions,” he added.

Sharing his views on the use of Industry 4.0 at the HAIPL Chennai plant, Abhijeet Kulkarni, COO, Henkel Anand India Private Limited said, “The Jiritsuka line based on Industry 4.0 at our Chennai plant has helped us to achieve our goal of producing golden batches consistently; i.e., batches which conform 100% to customer specifications. This journey of self-reliance led to live dashboards, transparency and easy retrieval of data, faster analysis and decision making.”

Henkel believes that accelerating digitalization will help us to successfully grow our business, to strengthen our relationship with customers and partners and to optimize our processes so as to transform our entire organization.