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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, New York
Mar 08, 2005 01:47 PM IST

Vinoth Mani is one among 15 under-30 engineers honoured in New York.

Reducing costs, increasing production and maximising floor space is what Indian American process and industrial engineer Vinoth Mani Balasubramani, honoured in New York for his work, specialises in.

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He was one of 15 under-30 engineers, who were honoured as the top New Faces of Engineering 2005 for having worked in the field from two to five years and demonstrating outstanding abilities in their chosen disciplines.

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A process/industrial engineer with General Motors in Waterford, Michigan, Balasubramani "devises and implements systems for daily schedules to meet customer demand by eliminating overproduction, inventory, motion and over processing", according to a press release of the National Engineers Week Foundation that hosts the Engineering Week.

Balasubramani was nominated by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

"Currently a process/industrial engineer at General Motors, Balasubramani has implemented systems from Detroit to India that have reduced costs, increased production and maximised floor space," the release said.

For Goodwill Industries in Detroit, Balasubramani reduced waste by 28 per cent and improved the engine valve spring knitting process by 40 per cent by implementing the lean manufacturing technology of Kaizens.

"For Bajaj Auto Ltd India, Balasubramani installed cylinder head manufacturing cells and eliminated stand-alone machines in the company's heavy engineering division, reducing the floor space by 70 per cent. It also improved lead-time by 50 per cent and work-in-process times up to 20 per cent, resulting in single piece flow, the concept of moving one work piece at a time between operations," it said.

Balasubramani also developed a process planning system for Indian defence laboratories by using Visual Basic, MS Access and Solid Works '98 to generate the process plans for manufactured parts.

He currently works on daily schedules at General Motors to improve meeting customer demand by eliminating overproduction, inventory, motion, and over-processing.

Balasubramani is a former secretary of the Mechanical Engineering Association. Fluent in English, Tamil, Hindi and Kannada, he is also a linguist.

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