The machines which are produced and sold here in India from Europe conform to Tier 4 norms. Also, some of the techniques we use in our foundation technology are non-polluting, says Sanjoy Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Soilmec India. Excerpts from the intereview.
How do you view the concept of green technology with regard to achieving cost efficiency in a holistic way?
We are into piling and foundation. From my point of view, the machines most of the manufacturers sell now conform to Tier 4 norms. If the machines are less polluting, they need not be fuel-efficient. The machines which are produced and sold here in India from Europe conform to Tier 4 norms. Also, some of the techniques we use in our foundation technology are non-polluting.
Brief us on the features available which reduce vibration and noise.
There are two aspects. One is the Indian aspect which is already taken care of because all the engines conform to the particular norms, Tier 4, which reduces engine emission in engine noise to a level which is within human limits. As far as the other aspect of noise in our foundation drilling is concerned, many of the foundation technologies do not make a big noise and can really work without any noise.
Our foundation equipment as well as all the other foundation equipment using this particular technology, are non-polluting and non-noise making machinery. They would be as noiseless as any other machinery in this field today.
What are the current emission norms applicable to foundation equipment?
To the best of my knowledge, there are no norms in India. The norms which we have is I believe, the norms in Europe which we follow.
Could you brief on us on the machine control technologies incorporated in the Soilmec product range?
We have a control system on our machine called Drill Mate System (DMS). It is a monitoring system, like a GPS, by which we can monitor the equipment from the control room. So it can be a control room monitor or control room support can be given to it. It's like the machine is working in a remote place, the owner can sit in his office and watch the screen knowing exactly what is happening. This is something which is unique with our machines and it is a big advantage when you are using machines which are far away.
What are the other measures taken to make the machine safer?
On the machine itself, there are various features which enable human and site safety. Some features are built in the cabin, for example the operator cannot operate the machine without sitting down. If the operator opens the door, the machine automatically stops. So there are a number of inbuilt features which prevent human error or human misuse which could lead to fatalities.
How do you look at the user patterns of the machines by the user segments?
The concept of the machines today is that most of the machine users are the actual users. We do not have the rental segment working in a big way in this country. So it is actual users who are working. And in the actual user segment, we are now going through a dull period, from the country's point of view. However, I believe the user is using the machine in India quite to its fullest extent.
How do you assess the role of periodical maintenance in achieving optimum use of machinery?
We have a big segment of hiring companies and a big segment of untrained and unprofessional users who really do not care about preventive maintenance. They see it as an addition to operating costs. So that's one hindrance towards periodic maintenance; but I believe most people are maintaining the engine of the equipment and that is quite critical.
What kind of engines do you use in your machines?
We normally use engines from Caterpillar and Cummins. Many of the foundation technologies do not make a big noise and can really work without any noise.