Friday, 1 November 2013

Design Matching Pace with Rapid Developments




SOMANY CERAMICS LIMITED

‘SOMANY TILE MASTER TRAINING PROGRAMME’ IS AIMED TO TRAIN TILERS ,  UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS  & DEVELOP COMPETENCY ON TILE LAYING.
IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING OF TILERS-

The Ceramics tile Industry has undergone an unprecedented growth during the last one decade & expected to maintain a reasonably  good growth rate in the near future.
Housing projects are increasingly switching over to Ceramic Tiles moving away from the traditional use of mosaic , granite or marble. Tiles are now become most preferred surface finishing application in every Housing Project be it Residential/Commercial/Institutional. With the proliferation of design & combinations, tile laying has become a very skilled & specialized job. There is a dearth of good tile layers in the country. Today the end-user whether, a Customer, Retailer, Builder, Architects face lot of odds in defect free laying of tiles.
Though each of the four stages of buying a tile i.e. Conceptualization, Selection, Sourcing & Laying requires great amount of effort, the most difficult and disturbing stage is the application or laying of tiles. That is the only thing which is beyond the control of the consumer.

The tile laying sector is not organized and the tilers are not formally trained in our   country. This makes the consumer wary of dealing with the tile laying   activities. There is high growth rate in the construction industry  in the last  decade. This has created a shortage of various construction related skill Manpower. In India many homeowners are interested to renovate or extend their homes. Tiling is a cost effective   way of giving   house –especially the kitchen ,bathroom and outside façade area –afresh new look. In spite of the fact that India produces world class Tiles in terms of Technical Parameters but when it comes to laying of tiles our Tilers are abysmally ill trained & non competent leading to poor quality of laying, shabby finish, lot of wastage of material & time.      

NEED OF THE TRAINING OF TILERS- Training of Tilers is vital to overcome the shortcomings being faced by the Tilers fraternity. Which can be summarized as under-

ü  Highly un-organized building material industry
ü   Lack of trained masons/ Tilers.
ü   Non-usage of right equipments resulting into bad workmanship and very  long delivery time
ü   Uninformed consumers unsure of what to expect
ü   Lack of initiative from construction industry




SOMANY TILE MASTER TRAINING PROGRAMME
BRIEF-
TILE MASTER IS AN INITIATIVE STARTED BY SOMANY TILES AS A CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ( C.S.R) WITH THE PURPOSE OF  Enhancing Tile Laying skills of Masons through Training of Masons on Tile Laying in totality enabling them to improve their skills & productivity and in turn their livelihood. The other important & strategic purpose was to   contribute in the growth of Tile Industry by way of creating pool of experts  Masons so that world class tiles being produced in India should  be laid perfectly in finish & aesthetics  ensuring satisfied customer having high level of preference for Tiles in future.
The Training of Masons is organized through A School  to allow participants(Tilers) to achieve & develop the professional skills necessary to perform the various tasks of tile laying with the desired skill, knowledge ,attitude &  safety required.  Two Schools are established  at plants . One at  Kassar , Haryana & second in Kadi,Gujarat.  Also Localised  training of Masons  started at Construction Sites for Developers/Builders/Government establishments.

Considering the practical nature of the course,70% of the course hours is  dedicated to practical hands-on training & practice of using the tools. The course allows the   participants to achieve & develop the professional skills necessary to perform the various task of tile laying with the desired skill, safety required. Demonstrative method is used for use of most advanced tools sourced from   world over. Most advanced ergonomically designed tools are used in the school for tile laying operation. The use of these tools   enhances the productivity & quality of the output.  The tools are designed to meet the   needs of the professional tilers. A set of tools consisting of 33 items are made available to the tilers at the end of the training program at a highly subsidized   price.   
The Advantage of Tilers who get training in Tile Master is that it Increases the  productivity by 10 to 20% & reduces rejection to almost zero  which led to better earning at the end of the day. Also , the better quality of work led to better image of the Tilers & thus credibility which helps in getting more jobs. A trained Tiler from Somany easily gets premium of around 20 to 30% compared to the non trained tillers.

OBJECTIVE OF THE SOMANY TILE MASTER TRAINING PROGRAMME-
Enhancing Tile Laying skills of Masons through Training of Masons on Tile Laying in totality enabling them to improve their skills & productivity and in turn their livelihood.


Major Benefits to the Tiler-


·         Increase in Productivity: The productivity of the Tiler goes up by 20% with the use of correct methods & advanced  tools most of them are Patented.

1.      An Advanced  Manual Tile Cutter cuts the Tiles 90% faster compared to conventional tile cutting tool. Also, ensures zero wastage in terms of chipping & breaking of tiles.
2.      Drill Machine ensures proper Hole without breaking the tile & is faster by 90%.
3.      Rubber Trowel ensures excellent Grouting work & is  faster by 5 times as compared to conventional Blade.
4.      Rule Support makes the work start on Walls precisely  & is  faster by 5 times.
5.      Hole Marker makes the marking of hole point accurately on tiles & saves time by 100%.
6.      Rubber Hammer ensures durable placement of tiles without hollow beneath the Tiles.
7.      Shape Template makes transfer of difficult shapes accurately & faster on the Tiles &  saves time by 80%.


·         Quality of Output:  The quality of output will be far better than the conventional methods. The quality of cuts, making holes, leveling accuracy, finishing of grout application. Etc will be far superior.

·         Reduction in Rejection: In terms of tiles, mortars & adhesives will be less. Rejection is  almost zero by the trainined Somany Tile Master.


·         Better Understanding: The Trained Tiler will have holistic approach to tile laying job & execute job with complete sense of accountability.

Who can enroll for the training programme?

·         Mason interested to start tiling job.
·         Tilers associated with dealers.
·         Builders interested to train their tilers.
·         Experienced Mason & Tilers to enrich their skill.

ASPECTS OF SOMANY TILE MASTER TRAINING PROGRAMME-

·         Use of Right Tools & Tackles.
·         Proper Methodology for application of tiles
·         Use of good Quality of Materials(Tiles, Mortar ,Grouts etc)




DURATION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME-
The training programme is of 3 days duration with schedule as under-

Somany Ceramics Ltd
Tile Master - Training Schedule at Somany Ceramics Plant at Bahadurgarh,Delhi & Kadi,Gujarat.
 Day 1
Time

Contents
Hours
from
To


10
10.3
Somany Ceramics Limited  brief Introduction
0.3
10.3
11
Tile Master Introduction
0.3
11
12
Ceramic Material & Tile Manufacturing Process.
1
12
12.3
Advantages of tools & Comparative Analysis
0.3
12.3
1
Tile Adhesives & its type
0.3
1
1.3
Tile Grouts & its type.

1.3
2.3
Lunch
1
2.3
5.3
Understanding,Use & Conservation of tools and its practical use.

5.3
6
Wrap Up
0.3




Day 2




10
11
Tiling obstacles-Holes& Cuts
1
11
1.3
Practical tile laying practice
2.5
1.3
2.3
lunch
1
2.3
5.3
Continue tile laying practice
2.5
5.3
6
Wrap Up
0.3






Day 3




10
1.3
Finishing & Grouting
3.5
1.3
2.3
lunch
1
2.3
4
Tile manufacturing process- Plant Visit
1.5
4
5
Distribution of Certificates
1
5
6
Vote of Thanks & Experience sharing
1









       SOMANY TILE MASTER TOOLS- for Perfect/Durable  laying of Tiles -


Tile Master – Somany Tool Kit.
Sr.No.
Tool Set
1
Nippers for Ceramics Tiles
2
Builiding Level 100c.m
3
White Rubber Hammer
4
Notched Trowel- Grooving in Plaster.
5
Rule Support 20" (50 c.m)
6
Template Diagonal Tile Laying
7
Hole Marker
8
Shape Template
9
Joint Scrapper
10
Notched Trowel- Adhesive(small)
11
Notched Trowel-Adhesive(Large)
12
Manual Tile Cutter -Advanced
13
Electric Drill Bit
14
Electric Cutter
15
Electric Diamond- Blade Cutter.
16
Rubber Trowel
17
 Tool Bag
18
Widia Scoring Wheel 10m.m
19
Safety Helmet
20
Plastic Googles with Plain Glass
21
T-Shirt
22
Karni Big
23
Karni Small
24
Hammer
25
Plumb
26
Thread(Sut-Gola)
27
Plastic Pipe 20 Ft.
28
Measuring Tape
29
Flat Chisel
30
Pencil
31
 Cutter
32
Right Angle(Gunia)
33
Abrasive Block





New Meaning of Architecture -Modern Sustainability


The need of the hour is Sustainable Architecture. “The Contemporary of the Sustainable” is not only most appropriate but also relevant considering the fact that the manner in which  buildings are now being designed and cities being built, have emerged as major consumers of energy and resources besides generators of large waste which are impacting the local and global sustainability to a large extent. In the given context, population, poverty and pollution have emerged as major threat to human sustainability which needs to be tackled on priority by all professionals, administrators and stakeholders. Holding this conference is no doubt, a small but valuable step to improve our ecology and environment besides ensuring quality of life to all human beings to lead a dignified life.

SUSTAINABILITY

The word “SUSTAIN” means to thrive under a given set of conditions, to endure. The term sustainability Implies to the state where existence occurs in a set conditions. This term is extensively being used today in context of architecture. Sustainability in architecture may be a new term but the concept beneath it is ages old. From the pages of the past, we can trace the footprints of sustainable building culture. Sustainability in architecture is nothing else but building in such a fashion that the natural environment is not disturbed and is conditioned to derive more benefit to the building, instead of being harmed by the latter. In short, it’s about maintaining the green cover on the surface of the earth in addition to architectural development.

Architect’s Role: - Architects are the modern wizards, creating masterpieces in the shape of new buildings which are beyond imagination. This era is, indeed, a dream come true for the designers, where they can breathe free and erect edifices which match the economic suitability and the lifestyles of the clients. Moreover, the architectural revolution has also endowed the architects and builders with the power of influencing the lifestyles of people as a whole.


The chemical equation from which an architecture emerges–the array of circumstances and events which prompts a building project, and entrains workers, energies, talents and skills into itself and, finally, bears the completed building out of itself is not always self-evident. In fact, most buildings are the mute bearers of a hidden narrative. Like any collective activity, the creation of architecture embraces a complexity of interacting factors. A building is the product of multifarious influences, and  individual  ways of seeing and ways of knowing. Seen in this way, it can be considered as a built memory: an artifact which has materialized out of sometimes problematic, and sometimes opportunistic, circumstances.

Let us understand the man and his environment. In an Endeavour to live well (read comfortably) man has been alienating himself from natural surroundings. Simple free amenities available in nature like air, water, sun, wind, rain have all suddenly become a luxury. We spend thousands and go miles to enjoy the same rain and water which were always there behind the windowpane. Therefore, all designs must cater to the goal or destination that is man, where the human aspects must envisage the social and technical problems which can be addressed to renovate the life of man.

Design Features

1     Southern orientation of important bedrooms
2     Courtyard planning as a climatic response
3     Central courtyard covered by ‘Tropical skylight’
4     Centralized evaporative cooling for dry summers
5     Roof insulation
6     Optimization of structure to reduce embodied energy

In perusing sustainable buildings- Green is only the by product Buildings, like human beings that are conscious perform better .The sensibilities of the building are directly proportional to the sensibilities of its architect. Like music, the architect conveys his innermost feelings in his composition.
Sustainable does not mean energy saving-it means a building that functions naturally amidst the surroundings most suitable to its performance without depleting natural resources.Follow Sustainability- All other factors will be put in place by themselves.

 By: Ar Sangeet Sharma
Partner Architect-SD Sharma & Associates