Over 100 delegates representing more than 50 foundries from across India have taken part in an event dedicated to building knowledge and fostering innovation. DISA India welcomed visitors to the historic Maharashtra city of Kolhapur for its annual DISA Customers’ Day where, for the first time in the event’s history, delegates received behind-the-scenes tours around three of India’s most advanced foundries – with all equipment on show supplied as part of DISA India’s Complete Foundry offering.
Demonstrating Indian foundry innovation: advanced technology in action at unique DISA customer event
Working together, sharing knowledge, honouring innovators
The first day saw delegates attend a series of technical seminars on DISAMATIC and other advanced technologies, followed by a networking dinner at Kolhapur’s Residency Club.
“Senior DISA India executives brought our delegates up to speed on the latest ways to achieve casting excellence,” said Lokesh Saxena, Managing Director of DISA India. “Our guest of honour Mr. R.S. Zanvar, Founder of M/s. Zanvar Industries, shared his experience of the many different skills required to run a foundry optimally and the best ways to develop both processes and staff talent.”
The seminars included advice on improving productivity, quality and uptime, lowering the cost per casting – and the compelling advantages of automation and the vertical moulding process. Some of the latest DISA initiatives reviewed included the popular Service Contracts introduced in 2019, new distributors across India and the Corporate Social Responsibility programme that has successfully supported around 2000 students in Karnataka.
Advanced iron foundries open their doors
The three tours offered a first look for many at how DISA India and Norican Group technologies work together seamlessly as a Complete Foundry solution. A DISA FLEX 70HS moulding line was a highlight of the first stop: a tour of Zanvar Group’s Kasturi foundry which also showcased a DISA sand plant, TM 285 mixer and a Wheelabrator shot blast machine.
New Melting Centre, the second foundry to open its doors for the event, proudly demonstrated its successful implementation of a vertical DISAMATIC line, a major development in a region still largely reliant on horizontal moulding lines. Norican Group supplied every major piece of equipment the foundry uses to produce iron castings for the automobile industry, all of which delegates were able to view including a DISAMATIC C3-250 moulding line, DISA sand plant, TM 190 mixer, DISACOOL cooling drum, dust collectors and a Wheelabrator shot blast machine.
Mauryaa Alloys completed the trio of tours. Here, delegates learned how DISA India helped Mauryaa construct its integrated, modern foundry and had the opportunity to view the DISA MATCH 24/28 moulding line in operation – one of the most compact lines in India. “Kolhapur’s many foundries produce over 600,000 tons of automotive parts annually – around 10% of India’s total casting output. It’s a major manufacturing hub that was a perfect fit for this event,” said Saxena.
“For three of the city’s leading foundries to open up their doors to us was incredible,” he continued. “We are very grateful to Zanvar Group and the owners of New Melting Centre and Mauryaa Alloys for welcoming our visitors and sharing their wisdom so freely. It was a hugely valuable learning experience for everyone and we look forward to an even more rewarding event next year.”