Interview

Director | Gandhi Automations Pvt. Ltd.

Samir Gandhi

We have made significant improvisation and innovation to our loading bay equipment range of product as well as high speed doors.

 

Q. Please brief about the Gandhi Automation Pvt. Ltd. and its strength and output?

Gandhi Automations Pvt Ltd is India’s No.1 Entrance Automation and Loading Bay Equipment Company. This widely recognized position has been achieved over years of hard work, innovation, commitment to quality and reliable customer service. In India we enjoy 70% of market share having said that we are still increasing our network not only locally but globally. We are already present in more than 23 cities in India, with over 1,00,000 successful installations across 70 countries world over and are looking forward to have more bandwidth to support our growing customers in the domestic as well as international markets.

 

Q. What are the major industrial areas, to whom Gandhi Automation Pvt. Ltd. is catering for 22 years?

Gandhi Automations has been an effective service provider being able to tailor services so as to minimize the impact of market dynamics on a client’s supply value chain. We also are able to proactively ensure compliance at all junctions of business operations. Emerging technology and the proliferation of digital technologies have opened up avenues for new business models and service delivery frameworks. We leverage such technologies in providing value added services to the clients.

The industry such as automobiles, consumer durables, aerospace, pharmaceutical, food, construction, industrialization etc have been moving towards increasingly sophisticated entrance automation solutions like high speed doors, automated rolling shutters, loading bay solutions, hangar and garage doors, sectional overhead doors etc. driven by demand form our key user segments.

 

Q. Kindly elaborate about the new technologies and innovations you are using for your products?

We have made significant improvisations and innovations to our loading bay equipment range of products as well as high speed doors. The following products are new:

Telescopic Lip Dock Levelers

Overcoming the problem with the gaps between the vehicle and loading bay, the company has introduced a telescopic dock leveler that has an extended arm for resolving this issue.

Telescopic Lip Dock Levelers are perfect for joining trucks unable to drive close to dock i.e. sea containers, side loading railway wagons etc. These types can be provided with a lip covering up to 1 m.

Inflatable Dock Shelters

Inflatable Shelters are elastomeric tubes calculated to round out with the overview of a medium (usually air) to form a close-fitting barrier between a mounting and striking surface.

Inflatable Shelters deliver the most versatile seal offered to service the widest diversity of truck and trailer configurations. Different to other types of Dock Shelters, the truck does not push towards the shelter. In its place the shelter is inflated around the docked vehicle providing complete seaming.

Prime Freezer Duo

High-Speed Freezer Duo not only helps maintain temperature but also in human safety. High-Speed Freezer Doors have a revolutionary soft bottom edge and sensor combine to ensure operator safety at all times. High-Speed Freezer Duo doors curated by Gandhi Automations are sturdy, dependable and an ideal fit for maintaining temperature control. To prevent ice formation during intensive cooling, the high-speed freezer duo doors have a functionality of partial and full opening. Its intelligent dual curtain technology - simultaneous open-and-close operation has blower/dryer to maintain temperature balance

 

Q. What kind of out-of-the-box requirements, that just not require customization but also require additional efforts through R & D for feasibility, you receive frequently?

In order to grow, all companies need to perform better each passing year and ensure that they achieve higher and bigger milestones. Gandhi Automations has had its share of achievements and milestones through its life. Since its inception in 1996, Gandhi Automations has continuously strived for innovation and changing the scenario for the entrance automation, logistics and warehousing industry. Over the years we successfully completed European collaborations, set up state-of the art manufacturing and warehousing facility, started manufacturing rolling shutters, high speed doors, clean room high speed doors, dock levelers, aircraft hangar doors, sectional doors and industrial doors.

Achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14000, OHSH and CE certifications for our products and also started exporting and installing air craft hangar doors overseas and India. We continued with further advanced certification and manufacturing production to meet the increasing demand. Today we have our presence worldwide

 

Q. What further plans you have for the expansion of the business internationally?

“We are number 1 in the domestic market. There’s huge untapped international market for our products. Our products meet international safety standards and with right kind of product portfolio, we are ready to meet the demands of this huge international market.”

With increased globalization and countries opening up for business we see a great opportunity in neighboring countries also. For instance, in Myanmar, last few years foreign investments has increased from few million to several billion dollars (300 million-dollar 2009 to 5 billion 2014). The Myanmar government has relaxed import restrictions and abolished export taxes. Such policies boost our confidence and we will venture in such countries. “Our current target for export is Gulf Countries and European Countries. In coming years, we will be aiming neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Bhutan, SriLanka and few African countries. I have visited few of these countries and we have better products to offer them, than the ones they are currently using. By 2018 years we are targeting 50% revenue from export.”

 

Q. List some barriers that you are facing the most and the measures taken by you for the prevention of these barriers?

The infrastructure for warehousing and logistics has been very poor. However, with the advent of GST and implementation of GST regime; things are looking very upbeat. Companies have started investing hugely in warehouse space & logistics. This has very promising views on upcoming technology and advancements in this sector.

The emerging trends which are becoming very popular are remote operated high-speed doors and rolling shutters, the challenges here are sustainability and access. The opportunities to the Indian Industry with automation is to maintain an efficient production cycle, safe inventory, Cutting-edge technology, speed of movement, functionality and safety- are the must-haves for this line of Gandhi automations products. If we add the high quality of personalization and design, they become unique elements necessary for daily logistics operations and for the visibility of customer identity.

Our products are in conformance with highest standards, and can be installed either on new fixed /retractable warehouses, or integrated into already existing ones.

Gandhi Automations is an effective service provider being able to tailor services so as to minimize the impact of market dynamics on a client’s supply value chain.

“We also are able to proactively ensure compliance at all junctions of business operations. Emerging technology and the proliferation of digital technologies have opened up avenues for new business models and service delivery frameworks. We leverage such technologies in providing value-added services to the clients,” he said.

There is a clear need to add manufacturing capacities in the manufacturing automation and logistic warehousing sector. The industry is moving towards increasingly sophisticated entrance automation solutions like high speed doors, automated rolling shutters, loading bay solutions, hangar and garage doors, sectional overhead doors etc. driven by demand from key user segments such as automobiles, consumer durables, aerospace, pharmaceutical, food, construction, industrialization etc. To derive long- term benefits, entrance automation manufacturers should develop capabilities to cater to this demand and promote greater investments in this sector.

 

Q. List the latest products that you have recently launched?

Many manufacturing industries nowadays need a controlled environment in which you limit the amount of dirt and dust in the manufacturing premises. Medical instrument manufacturer, electronics and computer manufacturer, food industry, the pharmaceutical industry and some military applications are but a few of the examples that have strict requirements for maintaining the dust free environment.

High-speed doors have thus become an integral part of all these industries. Prime High-Speed Doors benefits various operations, including areas with special requirements for temperature control, hygiene, storage and handling of frozen foods, Atex rapid doors are needed in explosion-proof areas, deep freezer automatic roll-up door needs in cold storages, warehousing, loading bays and on conveyor systems. Prime Reset features a special advanced self-repairing system.

Gandhi Automations Pvt Ltd has introduced the below two new products:

Prime Freezer

Gandhi Automations has come up with Prime Freezer High Speed Doors which are a perfect solution where cold storage with negative temperatures to as low as – 35°C is required. The curtain is made of reinforced PVC vinyl with heated side guides. Optionally a special and innovative insulated flexible curtain is also available. High Speed Freezer Doors are the solution when temperature control is critical and where forklift traffic is high.

Prime Food

Fast roll up doors for food industry are designed to meet the stringent demands of hygiene in the food industry, Prime Food fast roll up doors are resistant to humidity, temperature, corrosion and detergents. It is very easy to clean and disinfect and where tight sealing while partial or full wash down is required. The smooth surface with shiny finish prevents dust build up and is resistant to pressure washing. The self-repairing system automatically resets the door after an accidental impact. The robust construction of Prime Food provides high cycle operation even in wet applications. Optionally Prime Food can be offered with FDA approved polyethylene guides. Fast roll up prime food doors are very useful in FMCG sector.