Staff Reporter

18th Inter-Unit Quality Circle Convention inaugurated

TIRUCHI: The Rs. 80,000-crore order book of BHEL, to which a new order gets added every week, reflects the high confidence that customers repose in the company, Executive Director of BHEL, Tiruchi Complex, R.N. Misra, said on Thursday.

After the economy was opened up in the early nineties, BHEL could allay misgivings by prevailing over multi-national companies in wresting projects and subsequently turning out to be the lone bidder in tenders. BHEL was now into a new phenomenon of negotiating rates. The company was living up to the nation’s expectations, Mr. Misra said, delivering the key-note address at the inaugural of a two-day 18th Inter-Unit Quality Circle Convention 2007 here.

Emphasising that power projects should be commissioned in time to meet customer expectations, Mr. Misra said the quality movement was gaining momentum.

A realisation had set in among employees registering achievements through synergy by working in teams that the sense of self-esteem, satisfaction and fulfilment surpass the motivation that money provides. He saw the ‘Quality Circle’ as a forum for employees exposed to work environments better at levels such as shop floor and maintenance to keep improving and innovating upon processes with the company’s facilitation.

Inaugurating the Convention, M.L. Sah, Executive Director, Power Sector, Eastern Region, said the concept of Quality Circle had taken firm roots in the power sector, ushering in a sense of involvement among employees. As winners, the members of Quality Circles were the company’s brand ambassadors.

He called upon the delegates belonging to 27 competing Quality Circles across various BHEL units in the country to give a new direction through their creativity and positive mindset.A.V. Krishnan, General Manager, Corporate Quality, informed that three Quality Circles from the company’s Haridwar, Hyderabad and Tiruchi units would participate in the next International Quality Circle Convention to be held at Beijing. As a prelude, the Tiruchi and Hyderabad Quality Circles will make their presentation at the convention here in the non competition mode.

Aiming for 100 per cent

Currently, the members of 998 Quality Circles across BHEL units accounted for 27.4 percent of the company’s workforce. The company was keen on involving the entire 100 percent of employees, including those in non-manufacturing areas, into improvement activities over the next five years, Mr. Krishnan said, noting that the challenges lie in according Quality Circle focus on niche areas including workmanship safety, storage, and preservation.

V. Ananthakrishnan, General Manager (Manufacturing – Boiler Shops) spoke on the benefits such as cycle time reduction and cost reduction accruing from Quality Circles.

The 27 competing Quality Circles comprising 20 in manufacturing sector, four in technical support services and three in non-technical support services would be vying for eight prizes.