In a major initiative to enter growing markets, Clean India Journal joined hands with Federation of Small Scale Industries (FSSI) to organise first-of-its-kind Seminar on Industrial Cleaning & Hygiene Solutions at Vadodara in March. Organised at Hotel Surya Palace, the one-day seminar addressed topics on Industrial Cleaning, Cleaning Chemicals, Professional Cleaning solutions and Washroom Hygiene.
About 160 delegates representing several industries, including Amul Dairy, Alembic, L&T, Reliance Industries among others, seeking mechanised cleaning solutions attended the Seminar.
The overwhelming participation from leading companies of food processing, foundries, manufacturing, chemical, pharma, glass and other industries confirmed the need for conducting more such awareness programmes to apprise the end user about the latest cleaning technology.
Highlighting the importance of cleaning in a production facility, Chief Guest Dharmesh Save, Head of Manufacturing, Alstom India, Vadodara, said, “Cleanliness and safety is of prime importance in any facility. At Alstom we practice the principles of ‘5S’ religiously and rigorously. We consider ‘5S’ as the mantra which leads to improved productivity and improved quality of the product.” (Exclusive Interview on Page 30)
Inaugurating the Seminar, FSSI President Pravin Patel said, “There is need for professional cleaning solutions in most of the industries in Vadodara and we partnered with Clean India Journal to organise this seminar for the benefit of over 750 FSSI members and others.”
It is a very good initiative taken by Clean India Journal. We hope to have more of such seminars, along with detailed topics on Industrial Cleaning, especially with reference to the Pharmaceutical Industry.
– Manish Thapa, Manager Admin, Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Elaborating on the present industrial structure which were developed decades back, Pravin Patel said, “Most of the factories/sheds in Gujarat, unlike in Maharashtra where there is space constraint, are set up in a minimum area ranging between 500sqm to 50,000sqm with a lot of open area leading to dust accumulation. Floor cleaning becomes a necessity requiring manual labour. Moreover, open sheds also make it convenient for pigeons to enter and leave their droppings, which are corrosive and harmful. Through this seminar, participants can benefit by adopting mechanized way of cleaning.”
Vadodara listed among the top 20 emerging cities has 81% literacy and 100% garbage collection (Source: India Today). There are several industrial estates in Gujarat housing multiple industries. Makarpura itself has 1000 factories employing 50,000 people. In all, there are 80 Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation sites besides the private industrial belts. Gujarat is fast growing and considered as the next auto hub. “Thus, there is need for professional and mechanized cleaning solutions, given the circumstances,” said Pravin Patel.
Addressing the gathering, JP Nair, Managing Director of Virtual Info Systems Pvt Ltd said, “This is the first initiative of Clean India Journal in creating a platform in Gujarat for the Indian cleaning industry and the Gujarat based industries that are looking for cleaning and maintenance solutions.
The sessions on washroom hygiene was especially beneficial, we hope to implement the cleaning solutions mentioned.
– Kishore Mistry ,Housekeeping Supervisor, L&T Ltd
“The rapid economic, industrial and infrastructural strides Gujarat has been making over the past decade make it necessary that the awareness about scientific cleaning keeps pace with the State’s overall growth and image. We at Clean India Journal also find it very apt to be here, imparting in whatever way we can about the benefits of putting in place a systematic cleaning plan in the facilities which will help enhance productivity and employees’ health.”
Steering the inauguration, Navnit Patel, Chairman-MDP Committee, FSSI, said “This platform gives a tremendous opportunity to our members and others who have come here to learn about industrial cleaning and implement the same to improve productivity.”
The seminar was very helpful and the speakers were knowledgeable. Such seminars should be held frequently.
– Dhwani Shah,Sr. Officer QA, Amul Dairy
The seminar session was opened by Balathandayutham, Manager-Product training at Roots Multiclean Ltd with Mechanised Industrial Cleaning, followed by Mangesh Dalvi, Area Sales Director-West, Diversey (Sealed Air) with Effective Cleaning with Right Chemicals; Dalbir Singh Dahiya, DGM-Operations, Forbes Facility Services Pvt Ltd with Outsourcing: Cost effective Solutions; Prashant Sule, Managing Director, Canon Hygiene India Pvt Ltd with Solution towards Hygienic Washrooms at Workplace; and Dhiren J Pinara, Regional Manager Sales, Charnock Equipments Pvt Ltd with Mechanised Cleaning of Washrooms.
The sessions were accompanied with demonstrations, which generated a lot of interest among the participants and provided hands-on experience on the operations of the equipment and hygiene products. Pie-chart:1 gives a percentage of each industry represented at the Seminar. The manufacturing segment consisted of engineering, food, pharma, water, chemicals, moulding, metal, forging, foundry, paint, extrusion, machines, plastics, steel and rubber. The other industries include upholstery, hospital, institution, medical centres, perfumes, etc., besides building service contractors.
The seminar helped us to understand how to maintain with maximum efficiency in cleaning the plant in minimum amount of time.
– Makwan Chhatrasinh, Sr. Officer (Operation & Maintenance) – Mechanical Engineer, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd
Some of the major solutions sought by the delegates included cleaning of boilers, surface cleaning, cement floor chipping, equipment to maintain glass manufacturing unit, cleaning of factory and warehouse, cleaning at seat/cushion manufacturing unit, maintaining cleaning standards in pharma unit, sanitation in rubber byproduct unit, removing colour pigments in printing unit, housekeeping and outsourcing.
In a sample survey done during the Seminar, revealed that 74% of the units did not have machines for cleaning and 26% had at least one cleaning machine, either a scrubber or a sweeper. Only 6% of the total sample had outsourced to professional building service contractors while 28.73% had engaged local service providers for manual cleaning. About 66% were doing their maintenance inhouse. Pie-chart:2 gives a break-up of the cleaning method.
The seminar was really helpful in giving solutions to improve sanitation programme in the industry and also to gain knowledge about different cleaning equipment and chemical solutions.
– Mansi Shah,QC, Patson Foods India Pvt Ltd
More than 98% of the participants agreed that such seminars are useful and should be organised more frequently. Sharing their views on the content of the seminar, 93% of the participants were satisfied with the information provided, out of which 54% stated that such focused seminars should more elaborately addressed in multiple sessions and also that speakers should focus on the technology and not on the company achievements.
Following the response and demand, Clean India Journal will be conducting similar such seminars through the year in various cities across the country.