There are a lot ambitious dreamers out there who are tired of working for others and can’t stop thinking of starting their own business. They are ready to face the challenge of setting up a venture and reap the fruits of their business in the long. But this dream can crash faster than one could imagine without the right backing and resources to help in managing the business especially for those in small cities away from industrial hubs or not tech-savy.
Understanding this need, Siemens Industry Sector recently launched the ‘Siemens Productivity Tour’, a nation-wide, multi-city mobile road show aimed at empowering small and medium manufacturing enterprises across India with technologies for productivity and efficiency.
This ‘Productivity Tour’ intends to acquaint entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises with business models and technologies that would help achieve flexible, future ready and highly productive integrated systems for their business. Videos and live technical demos would also be used as presentation aids.
Some of the key SMEs to be reached through this tour are automotive, medical, aerospace, power, F&B, packaging, textile, printing and pharmaceutical industries. Starting from Delhi, this tour will cover 204 locations in 86 cities across India.
You too can catch up with this tour. Just visit http://productivitytour.siemens.co.in/
hope can be stronger that fate, and the residents of village Amla are a testament to that notion. the people of Amla have been living under a tree of hope for the past 4 decades, a hope of a better tomorrow. located 140 kms from Mumbai, Amla is devoid of any basic necessities forget modern technology.
partnering with the NGO AROEHAN, Siemens executives visited the village to analyze and understand the issues faced by the residents. to understand their plight better, Siemens involved the residents and asked them to identify the issues they face on a day-to-day basis. they were also asked to point out the available resources in the village that can be used during the redevelopment phase. once the issues and the resources were highlighted, a redevelopment plan was sketched out by Siemens.
after spending sometime planning the redevelopment, Siemens set out to bring a change and pay it forward. the village is currently undergoing the necessary changes and once completed, the villagers will be able to see their age long hope of electricity, water, year-long food, and more becoming a reality.
located 130 kms away from Mumbai, the village of Amle can hardly be located on a map. its obscure identity has made the village aloof from all development in its years of existence. the residents of the village can’t meet their daily basic necessities, like food, water, education or healthcare.
however, these discrepancies haven’t derailed their hope for a better life. little children finish their homework in candlelit rooms, while their parents cook in near darkness, in the absence of electricity. and when they need medical treatment, they walk 40 kms to the nearest health centre located in the next village.
as any other Indian village, their primary income is from agriculture and due to their poor economic state; they depend entirely on rains for irrigation. this makes agriculture a yearly affair, making it very difficult for them to obtain food for any sort of nourishment.
there are over 600,000 villages in this country, out of which several of them are in a similar condition as Amle is in.
our aim is to bring hope and change into their lives, so that they can enjoy the basic necessities a modern society has to offer.
for the last couple of decades, breast cancer has been a major cause of worry for the women in India. although our healthcare industry has improved, the fear of being detected with cancer cripples most of the women from getting tested. though it is natural to feel fear, it is equally harmful to notice changes and not pay any heed to it. as early detection is instrumental in achieving a successful breast cancer treatment, it is important to learn the basics of self examination, which can be performed at the privacy of your house.
a few simple self examination steps will help you diagnose yourself and allow you to make an informed decision. for further information on self examination tips, visit http://bit.ly/Pp7MkP
we are not a stranger to the fact that India is swiftly becoming one of the major countries in the world, where new opportunities are cropping up every day. Siemens, as a company, has always looked for opportunities that can help a country progress, and remaining true to this ideology, it is building the country’s 1st high-power test laboratory.
this will be india’s 1st 756kv test laboratory, situated at Bina, Madhya Pradesh. not only has Siemens been trusted with the construction of the lab, but also to maintain the plant for the next five years, essentially becoming an end-to-end solution provider.
the test lab will help national power utilities and equipment manufacturers cut costs and time as there will be no need for them to head to international destinations for testing. in addition, the lab will open its doors to international power equipment manufacturers and generate revenue.
the project is already underway and will be commissioned mid-2013.
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electric motors and drives have been an integral part of our daily lives, be it for home use, manufacturing plants or industrial facilities. it has been calculated that around 70% of energy used in industrial facilities is consumed by electric drives and motors. this makes the use of energy efficient drives a necessity, and Siemens electric drives are designed to conserve energy.
in this world of innovation, we have designed a family of drives that will cover all aspects of performance required for industrial production – sinamics. as these drives have a unified operating procedure, their components can be integrated into specific industrial situations without any hassle.
these next gen motors and drives give substantial saving and a way to reach maximum efficiency – both of which are necessary for a low-cost production in an industrial facility.
we have always used the word smart in our everyday life and never really realized the true potential of it. Siemens however did and has redefined the word and brought a fresh perspective to it with its smart grid technology and distributed power management system.
distributed power management system coupled with smart grid technology will help us achieve a more efficient, reliable and decentralized energy network system across the globe.
electric grids are slowly undergoing an overhaul and are being replaced by smart grids. as these grids are developing into a decentralized energy network to provide superior efficiency, reliability must also be kept in mind and that’s where the Siemens’ distribution power management system comes into play.
in short, a smarter distribution system will only help improve the operations of a smart grid.
smart grid applications are not just limited to power supply stations, rather it has invaded major business segments, and one field it will inevitably make a large difference is, e-mobility. the fundamental idea of a smart grid is the supply of efficient and reliable energy in an automated fashion thus minimizing time and effort.
Siemens is currently researching on wireless electric charging stations, which will minimize the time needed for charging thus cutting out tedious work of attaching cables.
in addition, smart automated infrastructures and electric battery charged cars can act as massive energy storage units which the city can tap into anytime through the smart grid. the co-operation between smart grids and electric cars will only make the planet, greener and sustainable.
if you live in the greater Mumbai region then you must have been annoyed by the frequent power outage that inflicts your locality. however, it will soon be a thing of the past, as 8 cities around the state will see Siemens making their life a little better.
not only will Siemens be developing and implementing the smart grid but will also help the state electricity board with managing the same, helping it learn. when the grid is complete, it will help the state improve electricity in these 8 cities by at least 15%.
Siemens smart grid technology will make normal electric grids a thing of the past; subsequently reducing cost by providing efficient power supply around the world.
our idea of an electric grid is an interconnected network of transformers delivering electricity from the suppliers to consumers. welcome to the future of electric grids; smart grids – they not only perform the regular function of any electric grids but do it with finesse.
they act on an automated fashion using information and communications technology to improve on efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity. however, implementation of smarter grids means a basic re-engineering of the electricity service industry.
one of the best things about implementing a Siemens smart grid solution is that the end consumers become “prosumers”, which means that not only will he act as a power consumer but also a power producer. this way the consumer can control their power consumption in a cost-optimized and environmentally responsible manner.
smart grid solutions from Siemens are set to redefine the future of the energy, emobility and other business segments. progress in the field of energy automation, data communication, rail electrification, electromobility, etc will make way for more efficient and smarter grids.
since over 170 years, electric motors have successfully been adopted by all segments of industry and most importantly the automotive segment.
compared to combustion engines, electric motors reach full torque at low rotational speed allowing higher acceleration and quick forward motion, providing greater driving comfort.
electric vehicles from Siemens provide superior efficiency, which means that it can convert almost its entire electrical energy into kinetic energy. in addition, the braking energy is regenerated, turning the motor into a generator, a feature which is not available in cars with combustion engines. if someone has driven an electric vehicle, they would agree that it is more comfortable and cost effective as compared to fuel driven cars.
we are at an age where the planet is in dire need of a savior and electromobility will provide exactly that, a chance for it to breathe again. carbon emissions, pollution and depleting oil resources have made electromobility a need more than a want. one of the primary reasons buyers were a little skeptical about purchasing electric vehicles were because they were considered to be slow and not attractive.
currently with the global economic crisis falling on us like a rock from the sun, and the present political malfunction, fuel prices have escalated to a point of no return. this is turn has made electric vehicles a popular choice among the population around the globe.
countries like China, Canada, UK, and others have introduced subsidies to the owners of electric vehicles, making it enticing for prospective buyers. in addition, electric vehicles have the potential to change the way we see the automotive world and the ability to make fuel a thing of the past.
Siemens with its intelligent solutions has made electromobility accessible to the masses and thus impacting the savings in the natural resources.
if one has ever looked at the world’s pollution statistics, it would be abundantly clear that electromobility has become a necessity as opposed to an option. the rising fuel prices, stringent environmental regulation and the increasing demand of energy on a global scale has forced us to rethink our choices on driving cars running on endangered fuel resources.
in addition, fuel awareness drives has made us realize the effects of fuel driven cars on our society. according to a HSBC study, the world will see around 18 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. amongst these cars, 8.7 million will be driven on pure electricity, while the rest of the 9.2 million will have a hybrid engine, which will combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor.
China and India have surpassed countries like Russia, UK and the US in carbon emissions, while a country like Ukraine has bought its emission levels down by 28%. it’s time we pay heed and understand the effects of carbon emission on our planet, or we will not have one to live in.
country’s needs are increasing which is why there has to be an adequate source of supply to meet these demands. these sources can only be in form of factories that can help meet these demands. but more factories means more environmental problems like water and air pollution. so what is the solution.
solution is – green factories. factories that not only help meet the demands but also help meet them without harming the environment. an example of this is the factories Siemens put up in Goa. these two factories have been put into operation with an investment of about Rs. 200 crores. the factories will take care of the environment with features such as rain water harvesting, ground water recharging, energy conservation through energy efficient lighting and HVAC, water efficient landscaping and use of solar technology.
these factories will manufacture products that boost the power distribution in industries, utilities, infrastructure and cities. the product line includes everything from a gas insulated switch gear to locally developed products like smart grids and auxillary and trip relays.
the two factories in Goa are built as a symbol of manufacturing excellence and to enhance its domestic footprint. the main aim of Siemens is to meet the growing demand of power across the nation thus making it reach the standard across the world.
the Indian postal service, one of the most widely spread postal service of the world with 22 circles across India is paving its way towards becoming technologically advanced. postal systems across the world has adopted automation technology that helps reduce time and effort considerably. in this changing scenario, the Indian postal system has also initiated a plan to upgrade and modernise their systems with new age technology.
for this purpose, they partnered with Siemens to empower the automated mail system in the postal circles of Delhi and Kolkata. the system works in a process wherein there are sorting machines with integrated video and reading coding machines (IVR) that reads the barcode or manually written addresses on the letter. the machine then sorts it in to allotted bins which are then delivered manually to its respective addresses.
this special IVR for Indian centres can read Hindi and English thus enabling this service to run smoothly and efficiently. thus making the sorting operations not only smoother but faster.
power supply is crucial in any sector of the nation for efficient functioning. however, there goes a lot in ensuring this operation of power supply is done in an organized way. the generation of power is usually done at a place which is far distant from where it is consumed. hence, during the transmission of this power, it also leads to enormous amount of energy loss. Siemens HVDC technology helps overcome this challenge of energy saving and helps transmit bulk amount of power over a long distance.
the major application of the high-voltage dc transmission (HVDC) link reflects in India, where it sends out 2500mw of power from talcher in orissa to kolar near bangalore. over this distance of 900 miles, the technology enables a 99 % energy savings thus resulting in annual savings of around rs. 1800 crore.
this is how, intelligent solutions by Siemens contributes to the development of the nation.
India has reached 66th year of its independence but many parts of the country, especially the rural areas still fight for basic infrastructure needs like hospitals. infrastructure like hospitals could take years to build which is why initiatives like mobile healthcare vans could be the answer for this.
and one example of this is the “Smile on Wheels“ project from Siemens and Smile Foundation at the madhepura district of bihar. thisproject has been built to benefit as many as 25,000 people and provide primary healthcare needs through preventive, promotive and curative services.
the villagers have indeed appreciated and assured their support for this unique initiative.
traffic in metros is increasing with every day. more and more vehicles are on the roads without any expansion in infrastructure in terms of road development. this leads to increase in the low- average speeds and frequent start-stops of vehicles causing pollution. and the pollution caused by buses from these traffics is even more which is alarming. a possible answer – hybrid buses.
hybrid buses are an intelligent replacement to standard diesel buses that help reduce pollution with its electric drive systems developed by Siemens. these hybrid buses are powered with 2 engines – a conventional diesel engine and an electric engine powered by an accumulator. the diesel engine helps the bus gain the initial motion after which the electric engine takes the lead helping save fuel by as much as 30% and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. the accumulator in the electric engine charges when the bus brakes to use the stored energy to help the bus run later.
smart technology like these are helping towards a sustainable future.
ever wondered that your daily commute can also add up to environmental hazards? transport is one of the major contributors to increase carbon footprint, which is why it is one of the most concerning issues that needs to be addressed on a national level.
a good example of this is the implementation of the regenerative braking technology by Siemens in Mumbai suburban railways. the innovative technology helps save energy by 30% thus reducing carbon footprint and energy costs. not only this, but the technology also helps passengers enjoy a jerk-free ride.
efforts like this are required for reliable railway system and for environmental protection.