As part of the Design Clinic Scheme (DCS) supported by NID and Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) organized a Design Awareness Seminar on 13 March 2012 at IMTMA, Technology Centre, Bangalore.
The programme was held with an objective of enhancing the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry. With the help of design intervention at various functional levels, the programme was structured to provide design related help through 3 levels - Design awareness seminar, Design need assessment survey of clusters/industry and Design projects. Prof. Achutha Rao, Co-ordinator of the scheme from NID, briefed about the DCS scheme to the participants and informed that the main objective of the scheme is to promote design as a value adding activity and integrating the same into the mainstream business and industrial processes of MSMEs, aimed at cost effective solutions. Further, he informed the various phases of Design Clinic Schemes and financial support available from MSME, GOI and requested the participants to make use of the facility. This seminar was addressed by leading and well experienced design experts Mr. Satish Gokhale, Director, Design Directions, Pune and Mr. Ratanjit, Director, Uttejna Technologies, Bangalore and was attended by 29 participants representing 14 companies. The experts shared their design experiences with other industries/partners along with case studies and actual designed products patented and commercialized by them or the organizations in which they consulted. The Design Clinic Scheme is focused at bringing the industry sector and design expertise to a common platform and provide expert advice and solutions on real time design problems, resulting in continuous improvement and value addition for existing products. The design requirements of the MSME unit could be availed for new product or process design/redesign, converting innovations into tangible products, value addition of manufactured products for new markets, etc. For further details, contact Mr. Sreedhara firstname.lastname@example.org www.designclinicmsme.org
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