Industrial visits provide a welcome opportunity for us management students away from the gruelling academic sessions and rushing deadlines to gain a hands on experience of a plant functioning.
Continuing the tradition, the OPEP club organized the industrial visit for the current academic sessions for the whole 2013-15 PGP and 2013 FPM Batch at Jindal Steel & Power Limited Raipur Plant. The visit was scheduled from 9th Dec to 11th Dec 2013. Due to the large number of participants this year, the visit was conducted in three batches to facilitate the smooth conduct of the visit.
JSPL Raipur Plant is located 13 km from Raipur and operates as the machinery division. The plant is spread over an area of around 162000 m2 and manufactures critical equipment such as cranes, pressure vessels, ladles, and other steel castings used in steel, power, cement, and mining industries. The facilities available at the plant are steel foundry, centrifugal casting, machine shop with latest CNC machines, fabrication & assembly shops, shot-blasting, paint booth, heat treatment furnaces, etc.
The visiting batches of the students were given a brief introduction about JSPL and the machinery division by a panel of marketing, operations and safety managers of the plant. This was followed by a guided tour of the facility in small groups. The plant is divided in four units based on the processes such as casting, forging, machining and assembly.
Students were briefed about the functioning of various machinery and production processes. The small groups facilitated increased discussion. It was an exciting experience for students of non-engineering background to see the manufacturing processes involving big machines and molten steel. Apart from learning the production processes, the students also gained understanding about the work planning, scheduling and staffing issues.
The industrial visit proved to be a great learning experience for the students. The feedback received from the students and JSPL official were highly appreciative and encouraging. The OPEP Club is thankful to Prof. Sanjeev Prashar for his support and guidance as PGP Chair, in making the industrial visit a success.
This article is written by Sameer Pandey who is a PGDM student of the 2013-15 batch of IIM Raipur.. Sameer holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. He has 38 months of work experience with Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd. as an Engineering Consultant. His interests lie in music and fiction. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org