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Women engineers innovate and inspire during EIIC’s WiN competition.

Eaton India Innovation Center recently hosted a dedicated event for women engineers, empowering them to expand their skills and create novel solutions within a short timescale.

During the day, participants were divided into 31 cross-functional teams. They then worked together to brainstorm, develop, and pitch new solutions to one of eight real-world challenges. With each team combining people with varied backgrounds, experience and knowledge, the ideas were very differentiated and approached the challenges from many angles.

A total of 76 potential solutions were pitched to the judges. Ultimately, eight winning teams were chosen based on how well their proposals addressed the underlying challenge and worked within existing constraints, as well as their overall feasibility, disruptiveness and long-term value. After the winning teams were awarded their prizes, everyone sat down to dinner to relax and discuss the day.

During the day, participants were divided into 31 cross-functional teams. They then worked together to brainstorm, develop, and pitch new solutions to one of eight real-world challenges. With each team combining people with varied backgrounds, experience and knowledge, the ideas were very differentiated and approached the challenges from many angles.

A total of 76 potential solutions were pitched to the judges. Ultimately, eight winning teams were chosen based on how well their proposals addressed the underlying challenge and worked within existing constraints, as well as their overall feasibility, disruptiveness and long-term value. After the winning teams were awarded their prizes, everyone sat down to dinner to relax and discuss the day.


“I’m thrilled our WiN event was such a success,” says Della Thomas, head of human resources at EIIC. “From networking and developing new technical skills, to simply having the chance to explore the innovation process, I think everyone saw enormous value from the day. The event reflects our deep commitment to helping women engineers thrive in India. We want everyone to feel included, empowered and welcome at all levels of our organization.”

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Congratulations to all those who took part in our India Innovation Center's recent Women in Innovation challenge. We were thrilled to see so many great ideas and innovative solutions to customer challenges from almost 200 women engineers at the event. Well done everyone!

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We're deeply committed to helping women engineers thrive. Almost 200 people took part in our India Innovation Center's recent Women in Innovation challenge—expanding their skills by working in teams to solve tough customer challenges in new ways. Congratulations everyone!

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Our EIIC team is supporting talented #womenengineers in #India with the Women in Innovation competition. Well done everyone!

With all the participants displaying huge passion, energy and fresh thinking, the competition served as a great reminder of what can be achieved when our teams combine their varied skills around the goal of innovation. It is indeed a moment of pride to share that we have 21 invention disclosures submitted so far, as an outcome for this initiative. The journey will continue with further discussion and development within EIIC, potentially leading to patent applications.

“We want all women engineers at EIIC to embrace what makes them unique and be confident about their ability to make a difference,” adds Ramanath Ramakrishnan, executive vice president and chief technology officer. “WiN offers a unique platform to drive innovation and the day’s fantastic results prove just how much our women engineers have to offer in terms of expanding our intellectual property. At a time of both unprecedented challenges and opportunities worldwide, we can innovate faster, collaborate better, and reach our full potential when women engineers can make their mark.”

The WiN event builds upon the great work of Women Adding Value at Eaton (WAVE) in India. This Eaton Inclusion Resource Group (iERG) recently drove the fantastic ReLaunch program—helping Indian women with experience in engineering and other areas rejoin the workforce after a career break. So far, more than 40 women have been matched to opportunities at Eaton.

To help us recruit, develop, and empower women engineers, WAVE also promotes STEM careers to young women at school and university. The group has hosted numerous events and campaigns to improve inclusivity for female employees around the world. For instance, on International Women’s Day, WAVE involved more than 16,000 people at 130 locations in a global awareness raising effort.
At Eaton, promoting gender equality is central to our vision of creating a truly diverse and inclusive business where everyone matters, and everyone belongs. Events like WiN help us attract, engage and retain talented women worldwide, as well as support their long-term career aspirations.

EIEC wins global recognition for Continuous Improvement

The Hydraulics Filtration at Eaton India Engineering Center team has won Eaton’s global Continuous Improvement (CI) competition from the Industrial Sector. Filtration EPC project delays were adversely impacting customer relationship. The project led by Eaton India Engineering Center’s (EIEC) Hydraulics Filtration team primarily focused on improving the on-time delivery of EPC projects and reducing the project delays. 

It also focused on deploying the standard operating procedures to build synergies across key work processes among the global teams, as well as on enhancing and reinforcing the CI culture within EIEC Hydraulics Filtration team.

Growing Eaton’s Engineering Procurement & Construction (EPC) project portfolio is a crucial part of the plan for the Filtration business. However, before the team could grow the business, they needed to eliminate costly delays that were hurting the bottom line and customer relationships. On time delivery of these projects was a big challenge as on-time engineering is the key enabler for meeting EPC projects’ shipment schedule.

To address this challenge, EIEC Filtration team took lead and a cross functional team was formed with representatives from the engineering team at Pune, team from the manufacturing plant at Reynosa in Mexico, Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations. The CI process that was implemented reinforced key learning points for the business. Among these learnings is the critical nature of document dependency and sequencing to overall on-time delivery performance, the importance of training to improve team capability, and how performance metrics can drive positive behavioral changes.

With the CI process, the team was able to achieve the following results:

  • Improved on-time-delivery of Engineering Change Orders from 42% to 94.8%.
  • Improved First Pass Yield from 83% to 96%.
  • Reduced Lead Time from 22 to 14 days.
  • Saved 400 engineering hours every month.
  • Helped with the on-time launch of key customer projects worth $3.5M to the business

EIIC Industrial sector head Mr. Anil Gupta says “At Eaton, we challenge ourselves to be more efficient, effective and make what matters work. A sustained rigor on CI has brought in much needed focus and drive to continually improve efficiency, quality. 

EIEC Filtration engineering team effectively leveraged CI methodology to systematically identify and address root causes to improve on-time delivery, quality & productivity on Engineering Procurement Construction projects. It is great to see Filtration team awarded with Industrial Sector CI award for an exemplary demonstration of CI mindset.”

Eaton wins best supplier award from Atlas Copco India

Eaton’s Hydraulics business in India has been recognized as the Best Supplier for 2016 by Atlas Copco India., Based in Sweden, Atlas Copco Worldwide  is a market leader in rock excavation equipment manufacturing. Eaton won the award for providing superior technical and outstanding functional support to Atlas Copco during the year 2016.

Eaton engineered the hydraulics for L2D Boomer Kit, an underground rock excavation platform of Atlas Copco by offering a one-stop solution of Screw in Cartridge Valves (SiCV), Hydraulic Integrated Circuit (HIC) and Steering Control Unit (SCU) that enabled Atlas Copco to gain significant cost benefits and performance improvement.

Growing with Atlas Copco,

“This award reinforces Eaton’s focus on customer relationships, innovation and operational excellence and also rightly positions Eaton to grow with Atlas Copco in their growth vision”, said Shandar Alam, director – Sales & Service, Vehicle & Hydraulics Business, India. “Mining and Construction are our focus growth segments for 2017 and beyond. This award is a testimony to Eaton’s commitment to delivering results through distinct value creation and differentiation of offerings, which help our customers gain competitive advantage over competition.”

Eaton's Hydraulics business in India recognized for people excellence

Eaton’s Hydraulics business in India recently won The Machinist’s Super Shopfloor Award 2017 for excellence in Human Resources (HR). Started in 2015, the award instituted by The Machinist, a premium B2B magazine from the Times Group, recognizes the ‘Best in Class’ in the manufacturing industry in India. 

This year, more than 200 leading manufacturing brands in the country participated in the competition. Nominations were assessed by a panel of 14 eminent Jury Members who hold top management positions in various companies. The winners were felicitated at an awards ceremony held on the 18th of May, 2017 in Chennai. 

“Being recognized for HR excellence reinforces our commitment towards developing our employees, and equipping them with the right skills, knowledge and experiences to be successful in career and life. After being runners-up for the past two years, we have set higher standards for ourselves and have been recognized as the best in class this year”, said Shandar Alam, director – Sales and Service, Vehicle and Hydraulics businesses, India.  

“At Eaton, our people have always been our most valued asset and this award exactly demonstrates this philosophy of ours.  It is our constant endeavour to make work exciting, engaging and meaningful for our employees. This recognition has certainly motivated us to continuously improve our employee-centric initiatives” said Makarand Kotalwar, head – Human Resources, Vehicle and Hydraulics businesses, India. 

The Machinist is a part of Worldwide Media (WWM) – the magazine subsidiary of ‘The Times of India Group’ (BCCL). Named the ‘Machie’, this award is the latest entrant in a range of award platforms for some of WWM’s leading special interest publications such as Filmfare, Femina, TopGear and Lonely Planet.

This is the third consecutive year that Eaton has been honoured at the prestigious Super Shopfloor Awards. In the last two years, the Hydraulics business won the runner’s up trophy for Quality (2016) and Safety (2015), in the Large Enterprise category in a similar pan-India competition. 

Eaton shares best practices at HRD Ministry's conference

The Ministry of Human Resource Development had organized a one-day conference on New Initiatives in Apprenticeship Training in Mumbai – an initiative by the Board of Apprentice Training (Western Region). Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, chaired the conference.

For the second time in a row, Eaton was ranked among the top five companies in India to be invited for this exclusive conference. Eaton leaders shared best practices and highlighted how the organization provides a platform to young professionals to acquire and develop on-the-job training. New initiatives undertaken by Eaton on apprenticeship training, including product training, 5S+ principles, standard work, problem solving, team building, soft skills and presentation techniques were also touched upon, in addition to the LEAN certification training.

The Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The Government of India has established it with the objective of improving the capability of fresh Engineers through one year of on the job training. There are four such Boards catering to the needs of four different regions of India – Mumbai in Western Region, Kanpur in Northern Region, Kolkata in Eastern Region, and Chennai in Southern Region.

Six years of building stronger communities through 'Garnishing Talent'

Eaton announced the successful completion of the sixth season of the Garnishing Talent Program – an initiative focused on enhancing employability of women engineering students from vernacular, semi-vernacular and rural backgrounds. Through a series of focused sessions delivered by a passionate team of volunteers from Eaton in India, the program helps these students acquire soft and social skills that are critical to achieving professional success.

Commenting on this unique program, Nitin Chalke, managing director – India, Eaton said, “Garnishing Talent has been an outstanding opportunity for us to contribute our time, resources and skills to an extremely important population in the community. This is a cause that Eaton is deeply committed to and it is encouraging to see how the program has contributed to building a diverse, confident, industry-ready talent pool.”

Confederation of India Industry (CII) and Eaton, in collaboration with Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, India, had designed and launched the Garnishing Talent program in 2011. Eaton expanded the scope of the program in 2015 to include Padmashri Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Institute of Technology & Engineering, Polytechnic College at Loni in the state of Maharashtra in India.

Applauding the impact of the program, Suhas Pawar, Assistant Professor for Basic Science and Humanities at the Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, said, “Our students have benefitted from enhanced self-confidence and acquired techniques for improved communication, which is essential in the professional world. The dedicated and dynamic team from Eaton has made the program immensely popular among our students.”

The program takes a batch of selected students every year at the two colleges through a specially designed training framework, spread over six to eight weeks. Over the years, Eaton’s employee volunteers have conducted over 120 sessions in both these colleges on topics ranging from spoken English, networking skills, work ethics to social media and personal branding. The program has impacted more than 600 women engineers in the last six years.

Sharing her experience as a participant of the program, Ameya Manure, a student at the Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune, remarked, “The program has equipped my friends and me with skills that are really critical for personal and professional success. Sessions conducted by the team from Eaton immensely helped us in building our confidence. Garnishing Talent is a wonderful program and I highly recommend it."

Eaton Establishes State-of-the-Art Innovation Center in Pune, India

Eaton recently established a global innovation center at India's Magarpatta City located in Pune, over a state-of-the-art 390,000 sq. ft. facility. The official ground-breaking ceremony took place on April 8, 2016. Establishment of the new Eaton India Innovation Center (EIIC) is a strategic program that is focused on enhancing organizational capabilities by leveraging high-end engineering talent and best-in-class infrastructure.
 

Establishment of the EIIC will create a vertically integrated engineering organization that will deliver complete product design lifecycle management solutions for Eaton's global businesses. The incubation center of the EIIC will be operational from April 2016. Sudhakar Potukuchi, vice president – Technology, will head the EIIC.

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Since 1999, Eaton has consistently invested in expanding its manufacturing, engineering and services footprint in the country. With 7 manufacturing sites, 18 key locations and 4800+ employees, all of Eaton's businesses, namely, Electrical, Hydraulics, Vehicle and Aerospace, are well represented in the country. Besides, services from India are also enabling Eaton globally to innovate, continuously improve processes, make effective decisions, strengthen customer focus and create value and competitive advantage.