CG launched lean manufacturing plant in Goa

Crompton Greaves (CG), part of the $ 4 billion Avantha Group, recently inaugurated its high-efficiency, low-voltage rotating machines (LVRM) plant in Goa. The new LVRM facility, designed on the lean principle production output, is the first of its kind in the country and the first just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing line in CG.
Traditionally, processes at motor manufacturing plants operate in insolation on the batch principle to generate bulk output. CG’s new integrated JIT assembly line has a TAKT time of three minutes per motor and a lead time of 130 minutes, which represents a gain of 98 per cent over a batch mode.The new plant capacity has been set at 10,000 additional units per month. This represents a 66 per cent capacity increase compared to the current production capacity. In addition, by leveraging best-in-class equipment with advanced technologies, CG is able to introduce flexibility and customisation into its product mix to cater to the varying demands of industries like steel, cement, textile, packaging, machine tools, and other similar applications. This LVRM unit will handle a three-phase production of induction motors in frames 80-132 delivering outputs from 0.37-9.3 kW.
“CG’s new manufacturing line is a strategic intent aiming at global quality standards and functional requirements and is benchmarked against best quality practices,” Anil Raina, EVP and President Industrial Business Unit, said on the quality aspect of the new facility. “The unit is geared to produce and market world-class IE2 motors for the global market.”
“With this new manufacturing unit,” Laurent Demortier, CEO & Managing Director of CG, said, “CG becomes well equipped to take on the European and American markets. The demand for export motors has increased substantially. We expect to be in full-manufacturing capacity by the end of January 2013.”

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