Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fearless Continuous Intelligent Investor : Only Recipe of Sucess.

Finally, I crack this code, which separates luck from designed success. While to be successful in life, one needs to have loads of luck , but one thing, which is guaranteed to give success is the subject line.

It is a  pity that no biz school has ever taught its subject that success is clearly a product of Intelligent fearless continuous investments. It is only those who see the opportunities and are ready to take the risk fearlessly and invest their heart , body , soul and wealth into it will succeed sooner or later.

Not all investments give optimum yields, but that is why, I added the word , Intelligent. The intelligence of a person will validate an opportunity and make him invest and await his returns.

Within the corporate world, there are hundreds of cases, which  have shown growth with continuous investments and on the other side, there are so many companies, who take up follower ship rolls and only give average returns to its shareholders.

Investment needs courage and ability to lose money and even face a total loss, but sooner or later, such a person will succeed. However, those who wait for others to take the risk and look at others for inspiration usually end up  either in mediocrity or totally wiped out. Look at, what happened to Nokia, Kodak, Sony etc etc. These were very large profitable, but complacent non innovative and risk averse organizations.

Now investment has to be continuous, which is to say, each day and , whether in small packets or big scale. But it is sometimes, the investment of your money as a resource, and the other time, it is time or efforts into the project. But they key investment is always the wealth, without which nothing matters. Investing on hope, efforts and wishful thinking is like super imagination. But putting your money into it is the real test of an investor.

Routine jobs are for routine people and need standard operating procedures. These are not the skills of Top managers, however, so many of them are only involved in managing daily chores of routine events. This is seen all the more in the Textile Industry.

Top management is about exploring new opportunities, new technologies, new ventures, new systems, new products, new projects and everything which has risk associated with it and is unforeseen and unknown. Then putting sense into all of it and maneuvering intelligently all the asymmetries and taking it new heights. This is called fearless Investor .

What is the big deal, if you are managing the assets of a running company or adding some more machines or incrementally improving on the biz.  We already see, now a young man of 30 something already makes millions of dollars using his intelligence and can be from any part of the world. But these people are clear innovators and clear risk takers and fearless investors.  They take a plunge and have only one desire :

" Give Me Wings : Let Me Fly"

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Twisting with 10 inches pot

Some years back , I wrote about TFO to have 8inches feed packages as one prime input to reduce the power and today after many years, the Industry  is switching to 8 inches.

Now, the smartest people in the Industry will go a step forward and change this to 10 inches feed packages and use only 90mm pot on the TFO.

With 90mm pot, one can go to speeds upto 18,000 rpm and with servo motors on the take up, now there is no issues of take up cam limitations.  As the dia of balloon drops from 145 mm Pot to 90mm pot, which is around 61`% lower, proportionately the power drops around 50%. Higher speeds will incrementally increase the power cost, but the higher productivity is anytime more profitable.

With Mantex tubes and 90mm pot, the package can be still around 1.2 kgs knotless. For sewing thread, this is like a killer technology. Where you now need only half the nos of machines to produce the same qty and yet the power cost is still the same as double the machines.

If you go down further to 75mm pot, than you reach speeds of around 19000 rpm and take around 950 gms package as input and 1. 89 kgs final package.

The design of the TFO substantially changes , but I will not give the design inputs here, Let the Industry learn from its own experiences.

All these are only for Technology oriented Specialist and not for everyone. Only the smartest companies, who make quick changes get the best advantage out of it.

10 inches precision Doubler winders from Peass and a new design of TFO and the world of twisting changes for ever.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mantex Innovates Worlds First RFID Tagged Ring Tube

Mantex RFID Tagged Ring Tubes

No more head ache of controlling Ring Tubes. Monitor each piece and track its location.
Track your production Rate.
Track the count and keep it sorted.
Ideal of mill processing multiple counts.
Great for Mills doing colored yarns.
Minimizes the inventory and waste.
Check Humidity and temperature around the tubes.
Unique identification of each tube.
Life cycle studies.
Measure yarn breaks on individual bobbins.
Design zero break yarn packages.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Mantex Carbon Ring Spinning Tubes : Financial Engineering?

 Mantex Carbon Ring Spinning Tube is an awesome spinning utility and has caught the fancy of each spinner around the world. However, when it comes to trying the same , many technicians struggle with the price of the product.

Now, the irony is that a Technical man is not trained to be a finance person and finance person is not trained to be a technical person.  However, interestingly in the Industry, the jobs are such defined that each one wants to try his hand on other jobs without having the expertise of it. An accountant tries to become an engineer and an engineer tries to show his financial acumen and both screw up heavily.

The Mantex carbon ring spinning tube is around USD 2.00 per peice and a generic tube is around 30 cents a peice. So for any technical person, the price to price ratio of around 7 times higher. Now unless you are a finance or a economics graduate, it is difficult for a technical man to understand that money is only a resource, which is exploited to make more money. If we don't know, how to exploit this resource, any price paid is high. It does not really matter, if the product is 2 or 3$, but what matters is how fast it supports the growth of money or accelerates the returns or what you say as Return on capital employed.

If you buy money from bank at 6% and the product returns a capital of 125% in one year, then you have be to brain damaged to not switch your complete plant to such a product. In short , you are screwing the opportunity to get very large returns , because you feel , why to pay 7 times higher price for a product, which you bought till yesterday for almost free.

Interestingly, technician struggles ,when he has to pay 7 time higher price for a novel product. Not because, he does not love the product, but because he feels insecure and shaky and guilty in increasing the cost of production, . Something, which he learnt from the first day to reduce the cost was being a hero and increasing cost was considered criminal in a commercial set up.

Now, the moral dilemma can only be addressed, if the man is first taught the difference between investment and cost. Capital and Revenue expenditure. Returns and Taxes. In short , the financial engineering of the product. But finance is a  very deep subject and takes many many years to understand and master. So, why not just leave the finance part to the fiance guy and just stick to the technical part of the product.

But each technical man tries to get into prices ,without understanding the returns and resources created by the opportunity .He than invariably finds his heroism in either selecting the cheapest product or delays the investment and shows the management that he is saving the company thousands of dollar, though actually screwing the company and biz.

It is such a simple and easy explanation : Say, you buy a house and the house is USD 100k. Now you go to bank and borrow money at say 6 % to buy this house. So, total cost of the house is now USD 106k.  Now, you choose to rent this house for say USD 125K per year. Practially, you get back the complete USD 106K invested and also get back another bonus of USD 19k. This is becuase, you are a smart ass, who could find an opportunity in the market to rent his house at such a price and get his returns back.

In short, it was the returns, which mattered and not the cost of the product. If the return was only USD 25 k and say, the cost of money was 1%, yet it was more expensive. Therefore price is not a threshold criterion. But returns created from the opportunity is the final number . Does the product create enough returns to be viable and attractive and profitable. Money, we can always buy from the bank.

Let us now look at Mantex Carbon Ring Spinning Tubes
Price of USD 2.00 per peice
Key deliverable s

  1. 4% Power saving and 20% cop content.
  2. 1% increase in production as higher avg speed for larger cop content
  3. 2% improvement in auto coner efficiency .
  4. 0.5% improvement in Ring frame efficiency .
Net result is payback of 9 months . Or Return on capital employed is 125%.

Now, if a technical man delays installation of Mantex carbon tubes in the spinning plant, or is not able to standardize the product, he is practically screwing the company of very large profit resource. 

In short, one could buy money from bank at 6% and get 119% higher returns by exploiting that money via this product from his current biz. This is called Financial Engineering or Financial genius.
Those companies, who will understand this simple equation fast will quickly make money, others will do it slowly. But this is the future, no one can ignore it. Like it or dislike it. Delay it or start it, but how can you ignore 119% return on capital employed ?

Further, if you are Finance guru, than you classify the product as revenue expenditure and write off the cost within the first year itself and get 100% tax rebate. Practically, it is tax which is paying for your product and your cost is zero. And if you classify it as a capital product, yet, you get 25% depreciation benefit.  

By delaying the non usage of such a utility is only either on account of laziness of the management or incompetence. For me ,this is simple Science and the commerce does not matter.

Mantex carbon tubes an example of Quantum Mechanics and Applied Materials.

Parachute on Plane

My last blog on parachute on Plane and a company had designed a plane with parachute landing for emergency purposes.

Herein the video. Some day, I hope all planes will have parachutes to save planes from disaster.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Air Asia Plane and Taiwan Plane fall: Wish these had Parachutes

In one of my earlier post

I wrote about Parachutes to be installed on the top of planes. Both these accidents were such, which could have saved lives, if the parachute thing was a reality.

The plane parachutes are a very simple solution and in case of emergency situations, the possibility of plane landing softly is greatly enhanced.

Cannot understand, why Boeing and Airbus cannot have this simple solution. It is too big a thing for me to try it out, but I will finally design something and try on some small plane soon.

Let me sent an offical email to Airbus and Boeing till then with complete drawing of my system.

Hope, others can join me in this call to the aviation industry. Hundreds of safety procedures followed , but the most important and dangerous part , which can be simply installed is ignored.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Insan Sandang Indonesia becomes the First Company To Go For Sustainable Carbon Utilities for Twisting

Insan Sandang has chosen to use the Carbon Utilities for their Twisting Department in their new spinning project.

Mr Teddy, the Director, wants " Sustainability" as an integral part of his new venture and therefore chose the Carbon Tubes against Plastic Tubes for the Twisting Unit. Further, he awaits the standardization of the Ring Tubes in Carbon and would switch to these to make the complete plant free of Plastics.

Mr Mitra, the CEO of the company claimed that besides the " Sustainability" factor, the company will be to get 2.5 kgs knotless packages on TFO with the Carbon Tubes and this gets them 4% advantage over conventional utilities.

Insan Sandang becomes the first Textile company in the world to go the Carbon Utilities way . It will lead the Industry into a new era of Micro- structures for Materials in Motion with sustainable and cost efficient Advanced Materials.

I hope within the next 5 years, this becomes viral and a standard industry practice. The textile Industry will then enter the new era of Advanced Materials.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Twisting With Small Pots : Less Capital, Lower Operational Cost : Thx To My Patented Carbon Tubes

Never Twist with a pot dia of more then 120mm again. Kiss the bigger pots a good bye. And if you have larger pots on TFO, time to change the spindle to 120mm pots.

Till now, the 120 mm pot could hold only 850 gms of yarn and hence was non compliant with the market requirement of 1.89kgs cones with one knot.
Precision Assembly Winder with Mantex Carbon Tubes
  But this gets resolved with two solutions.

1. Using a Precision Winder to getting a better density of the yarn.
2. Using Carbon Tubes , which shaves off 5 mm thickness of the plastic tubes and give the extra room to give higher content.

Now you can get 1.1 kgs with 38 mm tubes on Precision Winder for 120mm pot diameter. Thereby giving 1.89Kgs++ packages with one knot, which are standard in the market. Though, if you are a little smart, you can get 1.2 kgs knot less on the 38mm tubes, but will need to manipulate the traverse to be around 160mm or a little more.

In fact, it given an opportunity for the machine maker to go down on the spindle size to be only 115mm, with a pot of 120 mm, which will give 950 gms as the pay load.

For Sewing Thread makers, this is a boon. They can take one to one 1200 gms knotless dyepackages directly on the TFO and no need to rewind on soft cone winders.

This practically means, the Investment in TFO project comes down by 25%.
Because, when you use a smaller pot of only 125mm ( VTS 10), the speeds go up by 25%. 

Say, if you want to put a plant of 40 TFOs, then one would actually get the same production as that of 150mm pot dia with only 30 TFOs of  125mm pot dia. And not only that, since, the pot is smaller, the operational cost comes down by 20 to 25% . Eg 40 TFOS of 160 mm pot dia will need USD250 per spl x 160 spls per machine x 40 machines = USD1.6 Million. And investments in drum assy winders : USD600 X 160 Spls x 4 machines ( Taking 1 spl of assy winder = 10 spls of Drum winder ) say USD400k. Total of TFO + Assy Winder = USD 2 million.
Now, take a 120 mm pot TFO, the nos of machines required only 30 for exactly the same production : 30 x USD 200 per spl x 160 spls = USD 960K, Plus Precision Assy winder : 4 machines x 100 spindles x USD1600 =  USD 640K. Total of USD 960K+ 640k = USD1.6 million Against USD2 million of large pot dia machines.  Which is 25% lower overall investement, besides the savings on the knotters, blowers, cables, space etc etc.

Now, if you have 40 TFOs , then all it takes is replacing the pot to 120 mm from , whatever pot size is there on the current TFO, And you sell off 10 machines and from the sales proceeds , fund the conversion of the other 30 machines to 120mm pot .

Power is a function of spindle size and the balloon in TFO. However, one has to find an optimum speeds for power savings as beyond a certain speed the power again goes up exponentially. Therefore, technically though 120 mm pots can go upto speeds of 14500 rpm. But the best speeds would be around 12,500 rpm. Which is still 25 to 30% against the big pots speeds of 9000 rpm.

Lower Capital For Same Production
As per above chart, the total investment comes down by 25%. Infact, the investment in TFO comes down to almost 66% of the original investment. However, one has to invest a little higher into Precision Assembly winders against Drum Winders. If you can get a good deal for the precision winders, then the investement becomes almost 40% lower then the large pot TFO with drum winders.

The savings are 

Power savings upto 25%.
Labor saving
Space Saving
Utility Saving
Trolleys, knotters, etc etc

Changing from large pot to 120 mm pot is very simple. Needs only spindle change. However, to get the real deliverable, one needs to have a precision winder or invest into a new precision winder.

This marks the end of Drum Assembly winders and opens the new chapter of small pots for Twisting. However, to get 1 kgs payload on the tube, only would be possible with my tubes. Thereby giving more then 1.89 kgs with one knot.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My 3rd Patent : Eco centres for Yarn Dyeing

Frome Cones To Eco Centres . From 19th Century to Digitial Age.
Plastic Out, 

Eco Centres
 15 to 25% Less Water Usage in Dyeing

Eco Centres For High Temperature Dyeing

Eco Centres In Action 
If you care for Enviroment, you will choose Eco Centres For Dyeing.
70,00 Kilo litres of Water Saved Per Year in 10 TPD yarn Dyeing Plant with Eco Centres

The mindless usage of water in the Yarn Dyeing Industry is more on account of incompetence in the Industry rather then the need of the Industry. Like I have written earlier in my blog on " Yarn Dyeing Machines : Fraud of the Century ". Where most dyers refused to use their knowledge of technology and simply follow the practices of 19th century.

Let us see, how a simple product, where in the potential energy changes to kinetic energy on compression brings about 15 to 25% reduction in water and hence all the related savings of power, chemicals, labor, space etc etc.

The compression of the Eco Centres provides room for additional loading of yarn onto the same spindle. Thereby using the same water, chemicals, energy, labor, you are now dyeing additional 25%. This translates to profit of USD1 Million per year for 10 TPD yarn dyeing plant.

The New Patented Eco centre licks away all the issues of the old metal dyesprings.

  1. It provides covers to the ends, so no yarn slippage on the ends and hence no wastage.
  2. It protects the ends of the dyesprings, so longer life of a dyespring.
  3. It gives room for the dye centre on the winding machine so the drum and the dyecentre do not foul with one another.
  4. It provides uniformity of compression.
  5. The slip clips on the dye centre ensures that the initial winding of the yarn is perfect.
  6. The Unwinding Caps ensure that the yarn unwinds till the last layer.
  7. The Life of the eco centre is 5 years with the right kind of hydro.
  8. The open space provides the free flow of liquor. So , no poor dyeing in the initial layers
  9. The compression provides the uniformity of dyeing by equalization of density.
  10. For coarser counts less then 20s, there is no other way, but to use mantex eco centres for dyeing. Even after precision winding.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My 2nd Patent: Physics of Yarn Dyeing/ Density Measurement And Sorting of Soft Packages.

Because Yarn Dyeing is a Physio-Chemical Process. The Physics of Dyeing is as important as Chemistry of Dyeing.

The Physics of Dyeing Comes by managing the Uniformity of Density achieved by:

  1. Angle of Wind, which ensures the same number of layers from top to the bottom of the package.
  2. The Shape of the package, which has to be cylindrical and compressible. Compression is the only phenomenon which ensures that the unevenness of the soft packages from precision winder is neutralized.
However, there is still no such practical system, which measures and sorts out the density range of the soft packages as required for good dyeing.

Herein my Solution

Co-ordinates For Volume
The imaging technology captures the volume if the soft package via a camera.

The Soft Package is placed in position and the machine started. The Pusher arm pushes it under the DMS, where the camera captures the volume and the weighing machine under, captures the weight.

The Density is then worked out by the computer and the sorting program pushes the soft packages into bins.
The Off Density packages , viz above are pushed into one bin, the below in another bin and those within the range come straight to the end bin.

This way the dyer can then dye, the above range soft packages together and the below in another lot, without the need of rewinding. Also, the RFT percentage improves on account of the correct physics of yarn dyeing.

DMS In Action At Sewing Thread Plant.

The production rate is around 6 nos per minute or say around 10 tons per day.

Currently under Beta Testing and should be available to market in another 3 months time. Expression of Interest is welcome.