QCI – NABET – NIQR Excel Lean Auto Cluster, Hosur Project
Our honourable Prime Minister Shri. D. Narendra Modiji has given a thrust to the Manufacturing Sector in India through “Make in India” Program. As part of this program, Quality Council of India (QCI), the apex Government Body for Quality related matters, has started an initiative called Lean Manufacturing Cluster. This initiative is driven by National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), member of Quality Council of India.
Lean Manufacturing Cluster (LMC) aims at improving the working of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) thereby making them Globally Competitive. The duration of this program is 18 months, at the end of which the participating industries are expected to have reached predetermined Levels, envisaged in the Roadmap.
NABET officials make periodic visits to review the progress. The Cluster members benefit through cross learning by way of interactions among themselves, common presentations and factory visits.
NIQR with vast experience and talent pool was selected as Excel Lean Auto Cluster Consultant for Hosur Area. The selection was based on the competitive technical presentation and moderate quote. Past successful experience in conducting Cluster programs for MSMEs greatly helped NIQR to gain the confidence of NABET for bagging this assignment.
A Core Team consisting of Mr. K. N. Krishnamurthy, Dr. A. Sanjeeva Rao, Dr. V. Swaminathan and Mr. G. Rangarajan will be guiding the Counsellors especially identified for this Project. The Counsellors will visit each MSME unit once in a week and guide and handhold to progress in line with the Roadmap. The Core team will make periodical visits and monitor the activities carried out to achieve the expectations of NABET.
The program consists of 5 stages namely
- Diagnostic Phase
- Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment) and Lean Committee Formation
- Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen
- Just-in-Time (JIT), Visual Management(5 S), Kanban phase
- Audit phase, Case study, closing report and Inter factory idea exchange
Each stage will be monitored by NIQR core team and NABET officials. It is to be noted that all the MSME Units in this cluster are Suppliers of Ashok Leyland Ltd.
This project is definitely a feather in the cap of NIQR and NIQR is fully geared to make the program a grand success to the fullest satisfaction of all stake holders.