Analysis Led Design Activities on 25th June, 2011

A Report on SAEINDIA Western Section - Eminent Speaker Series on "Analysis Led Design Activities" on 25th June, 2011.

Mr. Craig A. Barnes

 

The Eminent Speaker Series Lecture on “Analysis Led Design Activities” was successfully organised on 25th of June 2011 at The Automotive Research Association of India, which witnessed an enthusiastic response and participation from engineers, scholars and students in the discipline of engineering. The speaker of the seminar was Mr. Craig A. Barnes, Chief Technical Officer for the Cummins India Operations. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Cummins Research and Technology India Ltd.

Craig received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1978He began his professional career as a co-op student with John Deere in 1975 and worked for them until 1983. He returned to the University of Missouri-Rolla for graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering from 1983-1985. In 1985. he returned to John Deere to lead design and development activities on their large rotary engine development program.

Craig joined Cummins Inc. in 1988. He was initially involved in advanced military engine design activities until 1992 when he became the leader of the Experimental Mechanics organization. From 1994 -1998, Craig was the Chief Engineer of the Light Duty Automotive Engineering organization. From 1998 - 2002, he was the Director of Corporate Technology Planning. In June 2002, Craig transferred to Fleetguard, Cookeville, TN. He was responsible for the design, analysis, drafting, configuration management and laboratories worldwide. In this role he was also an active participant in the planning and start-up of the Cummins analysis and drafting off-shoring activities in India.

Craig is a 30+ year member of the (SAE) Society of Automotive Engineers and is currently serving as the Co-Chairman of the SAE Off-Highway Board, & and is also the Member of Steering Committee of the 2011’s Asia Pacific Automotive Conference (APAC), also he was the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the 2011 SAE Baja.

In his lecture he spoke about how Cummins Inc. has evolved by “Design Led Analysis Activities”. Some of the points he elaborated were;

  • The “Fit for Market”- How we interpret and meet local customer requirements ?
  • How knowledge and advanced tools to be used to develop and deliver the low cost products and services with right capability for each market ?
  • Robust designs
  • How to adopt with the environment and how to use technology for advancement ?
  • To make a balanced product between common and custom standards.
  • Roles of analysis led design for right technology at lower cost
  • Computer analysis and simulation

  • Virtual product builds

  • Prototype to validate design models

  • Engineering standard work

  • Reduce product development cost

  • Increased technical productivity

  • More designs evaluated in a shorter time for better production

This event was free of cost to all SAEINDIA Members, which is a step towards energising the SAEINDIA Western Section activities.

Some of the of the Glimpses of the Event are as follows.

Mr. A. A. Badusha, Co-ordinator SAEINDIA Western Section Introducing Mr. Craig A. Barnes

Brig. S. R. Puranik Welcoming Mr. Craig A. Barnes

 

Participants Listening to Mr. Craig A. Barnes Some of the Governing Board Members of SAEINDIA Western Section

 

Brig. S.R. Puranik & Mr. M. K. Chaudhari Presenting a Memento to Mr. Craig A. Barnes on Behalf of SAEINDIA Off-Highway Board

Dr. K .C. Vora proposing the Vote of Thanks

 

Mr. A. A. Badusha & Mrs. Madhuri Marathe Presenting a memento to Mr. Craig A. Barnes for delivering a lecture in Eminent Speaker Series

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