Manufacturing: The enabler of future growth
In 1988 Secure Meters started the first electronic electricity meter manufacturing in India, in the city of lakes and warriors - Udaipur, Rajasthan. Initially we started with a handful of people at one location and produced just a few hundred meters a year. Over time the company has grown and expanded its manufacturing facilities to three locations in India - in the states of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, as well as establishing facilities in Bristol (UK) and Melbourne (Australia). Currently, cumulatively, these state-of-the-art facilities employ about 3000 people and produce more than 5 million products every year, covering the entire range - from analogue, to credit, prepayment and smart meters and controls. These products cover all segments - residential, commercial and industrial, as well as the generation of energy. The production numbers have steadily grown over the years, riding on the success of the smart metering revolution in Australia and UK.
The products supplied must conform to a target failure rate of less than 3 ppm and on-time delivery performance of greater than 90%.
The operations team at Secure serves all our business units with products and services at a cost point that makes them competitive. The products supplied must conform to a target failure rate of less than 3 ppm and on-time delivery performance of greater than 90%. The operations leadership team demonstrates results through focus on “execution,” the discipline of getting things done. The emphasis is on creating an empowered, vibrant and forward looking team through adequate training on every aspect of organisational life. This is reinforced by good manufacturing practices (GMP); production systems, processes, technologies; statistical process control; variability reduction drive using techniques (Design of Experiments) developed by Shainin & Bhote and cross functional working. This learning percolates down through the organisation through knowledge sharing and skill development programmes.
Secure is playing a pivotal role in fulfilling the dream of creating a knowledgeable workforce across all of society
Training on the shop floor:
Secure Meters is playing a pivotal role in fulfilling the dream of creating a knowledgeable workforce across all of society. A stark fact about the state of technical education is that only 17% of the engineering graduates in the country are employable (a report from Confederation of Indian Industry, CII). Of the ~1 million engineers that graduate annually, only 18.43% of them are employable for the software engineer-IT services role, while just 3.95% are appropriately trained to be directly deployed on projects. For core jobs in mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil jobs, only a mere 7.49% are employable (Aspiring Minds). Secure Meters has joined hands with the Board of Apprenticeship Training (BOAT), Government of India in providing structured training to more than 500 graduate engineers every year at our Solan and Udaipur plants. Upon the successful completion of this one year programme, most of these young people find employment in good industries.
In addition, the operations team at Udaipur currently has more than 850 lady workers from the tribal belt of Rajasthan who otherwise would not have a means of earning a livelihood. This engagement helps them to stay in Udaipur and continue studying, thus furthering their career objectives.
Improvements are basically driven through a participative approach cutting across hierarchies
Satisfied customers and zero defect products and services:
To improve the quality of our products and delivery to our customers, we have adopted manufacturing practices based on reduction of variability across all stages of the manufacturing setup through process adherence using pre-control and positive control mechanisms. Improvements are basically driven through a participative approach cutting across hierarchies with measures like Kaizen and creation of a happy, hygienic, safe, clean working environment.