Mr. Susant Kumar Guru, Joint President at Aditya Aluminum at Lapanga, a unit of Hindalco Industries Ltd, had delivered a guest lecture on “Distributed Manufacturing” at IIM Sambalpur on 13th August 2016. The lecture has given the next generation managers a thorough understanding about distributed manufacturing and its growing importance in today’s world, with a prime focus on the rapidly evolving process of manufacturing using 3-D printers.
Distributed Manufacturing is a form of decentralized manufacturing practiced by enterprises using a network of geographically dispersed manufacturing facilities that are coordinated using information technology. In traditional manufacturing, raw materials are brought together, assembled and fabricated in large centralized factories into identical finished products that are then distributed to the customer. In distributed manufacturing, the raw materials and methods of fabrication are decentralized, and the final product is manufactured very close to the final customer.
In his lecture, Mr. Guru said that the idea of distributed manufacturing is to replace as much of the material supply chain as possible with digital information. He explained the differences between the traditional and distributed manufacturing processes. He had discussed the various advantages and risks that the decentralized distributed manufacturing has over the traditional centralized manufacturing.
Mr. Guru talked about the effects and influence that distributed manufacturing has on the VUCA world. He has given many real life examples to support the same. Also, Mr. Guru shared with the participants his own personal experiences and professional expertise related to the decentralized form of manufacturing.
He discussed in detail how the advent of the 3-D printers has contributed to the increase in local manufacturing, and how the recent advances in the 3-D printers have facilitated decentralized manufacturing of a wide range of intermediate and final products. Mr. Guru also gave a brief outlook into the domain of 3-D printing and its rapidly increasing operational applications in the field of manufacturing.
The lecture successfully concluded with an extensive quality Q & A session where the participants had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Guru. In the interaction session, many interesting questions that the participants had put forth has in turn led to an elaborate discussion on the feasibility of distributed manufacturing in India, the relevance of distributed manufacturing in a rural setup and mainly the role that mangers can play in distributed manufacturing scenario. Mr. Guru patiently answered all the queries put forth by the participants.
On the whole, the lecture was a success and imparted learnings to the PGP participants of IIM Sambalpur.