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Trailblazers | June 2019

Top safety norms, durability give Gandhi Automations global repute

An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, Gandhi Automations’ industrial doors are designed and manufactured with European collaboration using innovative and creative engineering technology. The company’s product range includes high speed flexible doors, dock levelers, dock shelters, motorised rolling shutters, fire rated rolling shutters, sectional overhead doors, aircraft hangar doors, shipyard doors, heavy industrial sliding doors, clean room doors, cold storage doors, high speed metallic doors, sliding doors, etc.

Kartik Gandhi, Director, Gandhi Automations, speaks on the foreign technologies involved in the production, and the technological progress in the production processes.

Having 75 per cent share in entrance automation and loading bay equipment is a great achievement. How did this saga begin and how did it progress over the years? Give details.

Gandhi Automations is India’s No.1 entrance automation and loading bay equipment company. This widely recognised position has been achieved over years of hard work, innovation and commitment to quality. Since its inception in 1996, Gandhi Automations has been designing, manufacturing, exporting, and distributing products that are problem free and easy to operate. Headquartered in Mumbai, the company rapidly expanded its operations, geographical reach, manufacturing capacity and customer base. The sales, distribution and service network cover most of the Indian States.

The products offered by Gandhi Automations conform to the highest safety standards complemented with reliability and energy efficiency. The product range includes high speed flexible doors, dock levelers, dock shelters, motorised rolling shutters, fire rated rolling shutters, sectional overhead doors, aircraft hangar doors, shipyard doors, heavy industrial sliding doors, clean room doors, cold storage doors, high speed metallic doors, sliding doors, etc.

The company is certified to ISO 9001-2008 and this has resulted in continuous improvement in personnel training, production, inspection, equipment calibration, machinery maintenance, logistics and customer relations. A consistent quality product is the hallmark of Gandhi Automations.

Are there any foreign technologies involved in the production? Or is totally indigenous? Give us a view of the technological progress in the production processes.

We, at Gandhi Automations, believe in delivering high-quality, state-of-the-art, safe and energy efficient products. It is this passion and commitment to quality that propels us to continuously strive to do better for our customers by meeting or exceeding all requirements and expectations.

All our products are designed and manufactured with European collaboration using innovative and creative engineering technology. The product development team uses the latest software combined with technologically advanced machinery to offer our customers an excellent engineered product. To ensure superior quality and operational efficiency the company has a state-of-the-art manufacturing and warehouse facility of 3,00,000 sq ft.

Quality is a key driver of progress for us and is an integral part of every process we undertake, from R&D to product delivery. Our quality policies are constantly upgraded to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.

Gandhi Automations is committed to delivering high-quality products and services to its customers and continuously strives to improve in all aspects. Our products and services are geared towards ensuring that every delivery to the client passes through our stringent quality measures. This policy has engendered a work culture that exhibits a no-compromise attitude towards quality.

Please tell us with some details about the automation processes of your systems, and how are they comparable to systems available worldwide?

We had an opportunity to see trends which are influencing international markets and technical advances, manufacturers, and craftsmen. We are happy to say that our products meet international standards. More than 800 exhibitors of the roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection industry, including key global players, were present with impressive trade fair stands and spectacular product innovations.

Because every robotic system is different and has its own set of guidelines, it is important to realise what they are before implementation. Know specifications such as space and cycles. Integrators of new robotic systems will be required to perform these risk assessments in an attempt to identify potential dangers and ways to limit and eliminate them.

Our products are certified and conforming to all international standards and safety norms, as well as have passed the certified tests required for each product. We have been able to achieve this through innovation and R&D practices applied across our entire range of products.

Our company has more than 1,00,000 installations worldwide, is certified to An ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and BS OHSAS 18001: 2007 company quality management system by TUV Nord and all products manufactured are CE marked.

Tell us about the new technologies that you have introduced to the textile industry.

We manufacture a wide range of materials handling equipment’s. These equipment’s have been designed after studying the various designs available and in use worldwide and adapting them to suit Indian operating conditions. Focus is on manufacturing robust, reliable, safe, simple to operate and maintain, durable quality equipment’s. This has earned us customer appreciation and repeat orders from all over India.

Dock levelers are the crucial part of your loading bay area. Usage of dock leveler aids in fast loading and unloading of goods at warehouse, moreover is also important from safety and security view. Dock leveler acts as bridge between loading bay area and truck, height difference between truck and bay area is bridged and material movement can be carried out smoothly between warehouse and truck. We manufacture dock levelers conforming to EN 1398 standards and our product is CE marked. Operation of dock leveler is very easy, unskilled labor can use perform operation with ease.

Maintaining a low humidity space in the midst of a high humidity environment requires two basic components: No. 1 an insulated barrier to surround the space; and No. 2 a mechanical chiller to de-humidify, cool, and circulate the air within the space. An insulated barrier is desired so that the exterior surface of the barrier does not become cool enough to drop below the exterior (higher humidity) dew point, causing condensation (moisture) on the exterior of the barrier.

Achieving proper temperature and humidity control is an essential part of textile manufacturing and storage. High Speed curtain walls provide an excellent insulated barrier for temperature and humidity control within partitioned spaces.

Rapid roll up doors/high speed doors manufactured by Gandhi Automations (Prime internal door) are fast, durable, energy saver and are engineered for all kind of industrial application. Rapid doors (internal) are used where a section of the facilities has to be isolated from other section. This simple curtain design of door aids in quick opening and closure of rapid doors and ensure effective protection of the against heat, dust, humidity and temperature.

Gandhi rapid door aids you in meeting your operation’s targets. Save energy, decrease total operational costs, restructure traffic flow and improve logistics. We’ve designed our rapid doors to be safe, dependable and maintenance-free, conferring to all international standards.

Prime high-performance doors/high speed doors are designed and factory-made with German collaboration using state-of-the-art and resourceful engineering technology for frequent use in high traffic areas with opening speeds up to 2.5 m/s. The high opening speed reduces time taken in movement of material, thus hastening the logistics process. Our team of skilled engineers visit site and recommend the most suitable rapid door to client. Rapid doors/high speed doors are manufactured and installed keeping in mind international standards.

Our manufacturing is backed by solid, professional after sales service support. Where necessary we depute our personnel for repairs. In most cases engineers in user industries are able to carry out repairs and we provide all spares promptly.

The products offered by Gandhi Automations conform to the highest safety standards complemented with reliability and energy efficiency.

If in exports, where are your markets? How have exports developed over the years?

We are No. 1 in the domestic market. There’s huge untapped international market for our products. Our products meet international safety standards and with right kind of product portfolio, we are ready to meet the demands of this huge international market.

With increased globalisation and countries opening up for business we see a great opportunity in neighboring countries also. For instance, in Myanmar, last few years foreign investments has increased from few million to several billion dollars ($300 million in 2009 to $5 billion in 2014). The Myanmar Government has relaxed import restrictions and abolished export taxes. Such policies boost our confidence and we will venture in such countries.

Our current target for export is Gulf countries and European countries. In coming years, we will be aiming neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and few African countries. I have visited few of these countries, and we have better products to offer them, than the ones they are currently using. By 2020, we are targeting 50 per cent revenue from export.

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