An interview from Mr. Rahul Basra, Director of Sidhu Engineering Works.
Paper Desk : Could you let us know the company profile of Sidhu Engineering Works?
Rahul Basra : SIDHU ENGINEERING WORKS specializes in manufacture of world class spray showers, Nozzles, Filters. The company is fully equipped with team of technical professional and latest manufacturing facilities such as Turning, Cutting, Milling, CNC, machining, fabrication, welding, equipped with complete Toll Room facilities. Located at Ghaziabad (U.P.) just 30 km away from international airport (Delhi) Established in 1985, by Mr. Ram Pal Basra (Founder & MD).
PD : What are your company’s mission?
RB : Paper industry have a very water intensive manufacturing process. Our team is constantly developing showers for the industry for this purpose. Our company believes in sustainable development as our mission also goes with our long-term vision of development.
“Our mission is to reduce the water consumption in pulp a paper and other allied industry”
PD : What are all the equipment’s manufactured by Sidhu Engineering for paper industry?
RB : SIDHU ENGINEERING WORKS specializes in manufacture of world class spray showers, Nozzles, Filters, Micro Travel Variable Speed Oscillating Shower, Shower Pipes, Wet End Web tail Cutter Showers, Threaded Shower Jet Nozzles, Ruby Jet Nozzles, Nozzles For Shower Headers, Valve Spray Nozzles, Simplex Filter, Duplex Filter, Triplex or Gang Filters.
PD : What is your new innovation in oscillating shower for paper industry?
RB : MICRO TRAVEL VARIABLE SPEED OSCILLATING SHOWER is our new innovation in the oscillating shower but we are able to develop advance DUAL-JET ROBO-CLEANERS. Oscillator assembly provides continuous movement of showers to ensure good coverage, optimizes cleaning efficiency Minimizes water use, improves felt and paper quality, Easy integration to existing lines, Durable construction – can withstand washdown procedures, Easy-to-use control unit – user adjustable speed and stroke settings. Settings can be stored or adjusted on the- fly, Inline or side mounting options available.
“It helps to decrease water consumption drastically and able to increase improve CD moisture profile”
PD : Could you explain us about your Robo cleaner which cleans wire with low water consumption?
RB : An advanced cleaning system has been developed by Sidhu Engineering Works. We are already providing solution in case of the for wire and felt cleaning with Robo-Cleaning system. It helps to decrease water consumption drastically and able to increase improve CD moisture profile. The current increase in use of the OCC/recycle fibre. Dual jet Robo cleaner mainly divide into three parts as fallowing :-Robo-Bed ,.Robotic Arm ,Robo-Head.
These are the fallowing benefits of our ROBOCLEANERS
- Increase wire cleaning
- Excellent drainage of wire
- Reduce up to 2% paper moisture from wire part and reduce steam consumption up to 8% per day
- Reduce vacuum pressure
- Reduce vacuum power
- Remove sticky from wire
- Reduce paper breaks
- No Chemical washing of wire
- Increase better formation
- Increase wire life
- Reduce water consumption 92% than micro shower
- Run Robo 24 hr and clean wire regularly
- Robo consumption 8cu/day only.
PD : Do you manufacture the nozzles with self-cleaning designs and what kind of maintenance is required for this?
RB : Yes, we manufacture the nozzles, we do have NOZZLES with self -cleaning brushing system.
PD: What is Ruby jet nozzle and is it manufactured in different materials such as Ceramic, Tungsten or brass?
RB : Ruby jet nozzles are the nozzles in which ruby is inserted in the nozzles to give since it is well known that ruby nozzles last longer than their ceramic or metal counterparts. Rubies inserted in the nozzles are very hardwearing, more so than any metal or ceramic equivalent. Our nozzles also consume less water because the extraordinarily smooth and precise nature of the ruby orifice surface means that laminar flows can be maintained with smaller orifice diameters. Moreover, the better made they are the more this benefit will be enhanced.
Ruby nozzles cannot be made in other material, as ruby in itself is gemstone with high hardness. Yes, we do manufacture in other material llike brass, tungsten etc.
“Our nozzles also consume less water because the extraordinarily smooth and precise nature of the ruby orifice surface”
PD : Do you manufacture filters which will withstand with a high-pressure capacity?
RB : Yes, we do manufacture high pressure filters, we have three types of filters: – simplex, duplex, triplex. Our filters come with easy removal top cover and filter cartridge system. In case of of our duplex and triplex filters Can shut off individual filters if not required, Rugged and reliable high pressure rating ball valve with Teflon seal, Manual back flushing provision enables cartridge cleaning on time, Automatic indication of pressure difference due to filter clogging.
PD : Technical features of your manufacturing facilities?
RB : The company is fully equipped with team of technical professional and latest manufacturing facilities such as Turning, Cutting, Milling, CNC, machining, fabrication, welding, equipped with complete Toll Room facilities. Currently we have very strong market presence. We serving to more than 200 paper mills in India, we also do export to other part of world since world is one big market due to globalization.
PD : How important is QC for n equipment manufacturing company and how do you assure the quality of your products?
RB : Maintaining high-quality products and services is crucial for success in today’s competitive business environment. Quality control (QC) plays a critical role in ensuring that your company consistently meets customer expectations and regulatory requirements.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) introduced the ISO 9000 quality management standards, including ISO 9001. These standards provided a global framework for implementing effective quality management systems. SIDHU ENGINEERING WORKS is a ISO CERTIFIED company.
PD : Challenges you face in Indian Market ?
RB : Paper industry fallows the very conventional approach, The major challenge which we face is the acceptance of the new technology in India. In India there are very few who enters the market in the startup phase of the product life cycle, everyone wants to enter in the market in growth or maturity phase of the product. In the introduction phase there are very few players who accept the product. Indian market is also very price competitive market too , even lots of regional players are also there who produce the product without adding any technology to the product.
PD : Your future business plans?
RB : Currently our whole focus is on improving the current manufacturing facility. So, we don’t have any other business. We are having more than 50 percent of the market share of the north Indian market. In the other parts of India our presence is also growing year on year basis. We want to penetrate more in the southern part of the India. We are expanding our business in the Egypt as we already have orders from there and want to show our presence in the European market too.
PD : Could you explain us about your environment management policies?
RB : SIDHU ENGINEERING WORKS is commitment to a clean, safe and healthy environment and shall Operate its facilities. To achieve the above, SIDHU ENGINEERING WORKS shall endeavour to: Comply and/or exceed all applicable environmental legislation(s). Conserve natural resources by improving operational efficiency, reducing wastage(s), preventing pollution, and rational and sustainable use of water and other resources. Integrate environmentally sound technologies and best practices for continual improvement in environmental performance by institutionalizing a robust Environment Management System. Minimize T&D losses from the distribution process through efficient logistics system operation. Proactively assess risks and opportunities and take business decisions to enable sustained environmental performance across all its operations.
PD : Being a paper machine equipment manufacturer, what is your suggestion to the Industry to make the paper more sustainable?
RB : We all know that Indian pulp and paper industry need to catch up with world class standard of manufacturing. So, we have to be more open towards the new technology, even the current environment policy is stringent. We have to upgrade ourselves to cope with future environment changes because these changes will also change the prevailing practices of the paper industry.
PD : How do you see the growth of Indian paper industry in future?
RB : The Indian paper industry has a great future ahead as there is improvement in operating margins for top 10 listed companies in FY23, driven by a 45 % revenue growth and a surge in net realisation. However, the industry showed signs of stabilisation in Q4FY23 due to various geo political reason. Looking ahead to FY24, a moderation in top-line and operating margins is anticipated. The Indian paper and paperboard packaging market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.6 per cent until 2027. Supply-demand disruptions led to higher realisations, while imports of raw materials and uncertainty in the industry pose challenges for future growth.