THE EMPLOYEES of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) have once again bagged three Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskars for their innovative ideas.
Various innovations and modifications in manufacturing systems and processes undertaken by the awardees have resulted in a cumulative recurring and non-recurring saving of more than Rs 5 million for the company.
In addition, Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited’s manufacturing plants at Trichy and Bangalore have won two National Safety Awards for outstanding achievements in terms of longest accident-free period and lowest accident frequency rate at their works, an official release said.
Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment Chandra Sekhar Sahu presented the awards at a function held in New Delhi on Sunday.
Significantly, Bharat Heavy Electrical Limitedemployees have been consistently winning both these prestigious national awards instituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Labour, since its inception. In the last five years, 57 Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited employees have shared 24 Vishwakarma awards.
Three Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskars, under different categories, have been shared by eight employees from Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited’s Haridwar unit for innovative suggestions leading to cost reduction, higher productivity, safety and quality of products, etc.
Notably, the team of Rajendra Prasad, Ram Sajivan Pal and Ghasitu Ram designed and developed a special drilling device-cum-fixture for drilling holes in the inner wall of stator body.
This resulted in increased safety, efficiency and productivity, enhanced quality of the product, reduced manpower requirement and elimination of requirement of a costly and overloaded machine, the release said.
Similarly, Ashok Kumar, another Vishwakarma award winner, designed and developed a CNC programme for improving the process for blanking of inner casing components of gas turbines leading to reduction in cycle time, improved productivity and decreased consumption of raw material.
His efforts resulted in enhanced customer satisfaction and significant recurring savings, the release added.