PRD Interim – January 2021

MD DESK

Happy to wish you all, the exciting new year 2021. My heartfelt wishes to all employees, suppliers, family members, and well-wishers. I would also like to thank you for your wishes for my birthday. As I have told you all every year there is a change in the way I celebrate my birthday as the number of wishes increases every year. I would like to thank god for that greatest treat of the flow of wishes.

At the beginning of the year, the final quarter (Q4) is always where our maximum effort starts, meaning higher productivity, more expansion of energy, and the challenging deadline on even more challenging projects. This month of Jan our latest technology yet is being worked on an arm with multifunctional drill rod handling best in the sector to compete with the world-class technologies and to cater to any part of the world even for the most challenging application. Congratulations to the PEX Design team on completely engineering the product. 

On the domestic front, we need to understand the need of the current trends and adopt to the changing  market needs, improving product knowledge and understand customer requirements and thoroughly exercising the need of the customer to be able to reduce risks on site when experimenting with our new application.

With the above set challenges, we need to consider and understand that this year 2021 will be made stronger with a dedication to Change, Innovation, and Expertise. Making this the year of PRD. PRD – We strive to make it “Good to DRILL”.

Wishing our founder & Chairman a happy birthday!

AROUND THE GLOBE - ENERGY FACILITY

The European Union also supports rural electrification projects and actions to promote energy efficiency such as the distribution of improved combustion stoves.
It is in particular through the “Energy Facility”, intended to promote the energy sector in ACP countries, that the European Union is intervening to improve the access of poor populations to modern, affordable & sustainable energy services, particularly in rural and peri-urban areas.
Indeed, many people in developing countries do not yet have access to electricity, a prerequisite for economic growth and social well-being. Since its creation in 2004, 142 projects have been financed in total by the Energy Facility, including 117 in Africa.
In Burkina Faso, the Energy Facility has made it possible to finance 20 projects, for a total amount of around FCFA 16.4 billion (EUR 25 million), among which: The integral electrification project of ten villages in Yatenga through a photovoltaic solar power plant, carried by the cooperative company SINCO and inaugurated in June 2015;

The Burkinabé “Flexi-Energy” project, led by the 2IE University Institute, which aims to demonstrate the technical, economic, social and environmental feasibility of decentralized electricity production by hybrid photovoltaic- generator power plants;
The inauguration on March 31, 2017, of seven photovoltaic solar power plants financed by the European Union in Kaibo Nord V2 and Guiba in Zoundwéogo, Central South Region (localities located approximately 28 km from Manga). The seven plants and the other achievements of the project will allow 5,000 beneficiaries (for an estimated total of 20,000 people) including economic, social and religious activities to access electricity.

The inauguration, on November 28, 2017, of the Zagoutli photovoltaic solar power plant by the Presidents of Burkina Faso and France, will provide clean energy to 660,000 people while reducing the cost of production by four. The launch of the work of the decentralized rural electrification program for the provinces of Ziro and Gourma on March 2, 2018

DOMESTIC NEWS - IT’S A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE MILESTONE

It’s always important to take time to celebrate milestones in the workplace, appreciating even the smallest details can do wonders for company morale and employee engagement.
We are happy to inform you all that our Runner Model – PRD Tractor Mounted Piling Rig No’s has reached 300 (New Holland Endorsement Registered Vehicle) over the years on Jan 2021, PRD Tractor Mounted Piling Rigs is an innovative/ indigenous/ lost effective product made suitable for pile drilling application against imported costly machines in the market which was well received by the customers for its Performance, Quality, and Endurance.

Secondly, Our HC 500M Model in the current financial year we have sold 50 Nos post lockdown, which is the highest in a year and expected to sell 25 Nos more within March 2021. PRD HC 500 Drill is specially designed for Pilot Hole Drilling Application for DSI Segment where it has become a most wanted machine for their Drilling Needs in South India Granite Quarries, We have a significant Market share & exceeding.
On Comparison to imported, Competitor Machine PRD HC 500M drill is Economical, Trouble-free easier to maintain, high resale value, and High uptime with unmatched service and spare support.
Any day is a good day to thank our team, but it’s especially important to thank when we are achieving a milestone, it wouldn’t be possible without the guidance & leadership of our honorable respected chairman & lovable MD, Production/Design/Sales/Service & all other stakeholders.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE FACTORY - CENTRAL COMMAND CENTER

When you talk about the latest in technology adaptions at PRD, we are agile to move to the top. Taking to an initiative of on work imaging, personalized id tracking, heat signature, and calculation of cycle time through surveillance systems the adsorption of latter technologies to reach the live diagnostic in par with the definition of Industry 4.0
We at PEX understand we are not even, at ground level and we are short-handed on the basic level of understanding of such technology. Hence, we decided to start with a full-fledged security system. This system will have a central command center at the security office, sports around 50 cameras to maintain a watchful eye on the daily happenings.

These kinds of systems also help the administration and security during the investigation of unfortunate circumstances of either theft or investigation disasters. This surveillance system will help us adapt to expert level machine learning systems which will able to track, trace and predict maintenance Human errors, risks, and also low productivity can be analyzed in a periodic way.
Kudos to our IT team for the implementation of the technology helping us think and evolve with changing times.

SERVICE SUPPORT SATISFACTION - ANNUAL FORECASTING ENSURES COST SAVING

PRD rigs as a cost-saving measure brought in newly customized aftersales options to customers in mostly landlocked countries. We recoined the opportunity to satisfy the need for a complete drilling solution to one of our Loyal customers. Their company was gearing up for a fully scaled project. The project is being sponsored by two countries’ governments in completing their rural development Schemes.

PRD’s aftersales team took up the challenge of completing a Turnkey project for supplies of drilling tools, drilling fluids, casing pipes, annual consumables, hammer bits, drilling accessories, service kits, and many additional accessories requested by your and many additional accessories requested by your loyal customer. With confidence, the customer trusted our potential to deliver to our quality promise, of what we supply. And we were able to agree on shipment terms and deadlines of delivery. 

Even though it was quite a challenge given the promise of shorter lead time to customers. Given transport restriction and very tighter sourcing time. The team was able to deliver many first-time items from the most reliable brand in the market, with no compromise on quality and lead time. Our team was also able to introduce our very own brand of premium genuine mineral oils for compressor, gear, and hammer oils from PRISCO. Our range of and hand pumps, mud drilling foams, bentonite supplements, and customized casing pipes with no hustle. This proving that PRD’s aftersales team has reached a new highest of understanding the customer and catering to their unique requirements just as we do with our PRD Drilling Rigs.

The main driving force of our team is our values – delivering what we promise, fastest lead times, and Premium Quality at affordable prices. As PRD always strive to make it “GOOD TO DRILL”.

Kudos to the team for doing it all around, from sourcing, quality testing, packaging, and delivering on time!

TECHNICAL CORNER - WIRE ROPE

The properties of a wire rope are derived from its size, construction, quality, lay and type of core. Strength of wire rope

Wire rope strength is reduced by worn wires, broken or cracked wires, and kinks or bends. Wire ropes should be operated with a 5:1 safety factor, that is, they should not be stressed beyond one-fifth of their certified breaking load. The drilling industry typically uses wire ropes made from ‘improved plow steel’. These ropes are pre-formed to remove any tendency for the wires and strands to straighten. Wire rope diameter is measured over its maximum diameter.

In the above example, each individual wire is arranged around a central wire to form a 7-wire strand. Six of these strands are formed around a central core to make a wire rope. The rope is specified as 6×7 (6/1) – i.e. six strands each of seven wires.
The size and number of wires in each strand, as well as the size and number of strands in the rope greatly affect the characteristics of the rope. In general, a large number of small- size wires and strands produce a flexible rope with good resistance to bending fatigue.
The rope construction is also important for tensile loading (static, live or shock), abrasive wear, crushing, corrosion and rotation.
Size
Ropes are referred to by a diameter size. The correct way to measure wire rope is shown below.
Tensile Strength Grades
Wire ropes are usually supplied in the following tensile ranges:

With the increasing use of heavy-duty and more compact equipment (e.g. power winches on mobile cranes and mine winding) there is a gradual upward trend in the required rope wire tensile range. Howev-er, as factors other than strength influence the life of wire rope, the specific application must be kept in mind when tensile strength of wire is selected.
Surface Finish
The most common are:
Galvanised wire rope – Zinc coated Class B is denoted with B (formerly G).
Galvanised wire rope – Zinc coated Class A is denoted with A (formerly G Class A).
Uncoated or Bright wire rope (Black) – is denoted with U (formerly B).

Lay
This refers to the way the wires in the strands, and the strands in the rope are formed into the completed rope. The wire strands are essentially laid up in a planetary motion with controlled twist being imparted to produce a tightly formed rope.

Characteristics of Lay:
The direction of rope lay does not affect the Breaking Force of a rope. However, the combination of strand lay and rope lay will greatly affect the rope characteristics and this factor must be taken into consideration when choosing a rope. Although the lay length can slightly affect rope behaviour the dominant aspect that influences performance is the direction of lay and whether it is Lang’s lay or Ordinary lay. For example, the importance of rope lay is evident in a four-part highlift grab where rotation of the grab is prevented by the use of alternate right-hand and left-hand ropes.

TECH FUTURE - SCALING OF 3D PRINTING

For nearly three decades, 3D printing has been broadly used for prototyping or highly customized one-off parts. Today, more companies are pushing the boundaries beyond simple prototyping and implementing 3D printing across their entire manufacturing process — from creating manufacturing aids and tooling jigs to limited-run and even full-scale production parts. This growth is driven primarily by increased user experience, a wider range of materials with improved quality, and lower costs. 3D production printing will continue to grow at an accelerated pace.

Expectations for growth in large-scale production are increasing aggressively. The previous survey found that the primary benefits of 3D printing were mostly speed-related, such as reduced lead time and speed-to-part; largely prototyping applications. With additive manufacturing, complexity is free: we can build a geometrically very complex object as easily as a simpler one. But at the same time, additive manufacturing helps reduce complexity by giving us fewer parts to assemble.
For example, Additive manufacturing is a highly digital process. In fact, a key benefit of 3D printing is that it allows modifying the design of a component by simply changing the digital blueprint—massively accelerating the cycle of design-prototype- test-production. But software plays a much bigger role in additive manufacturing. 3D printing doesn’t require tooling. By eliminating tooling costs for a new product, manufacturers could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Additive manufacturing plays a major role in the Industry 4.0 revolution; it will help upend traditional economies of scale, making micro-factories economically efficient; and it’s already contributing to reshaping global supply chains, strengthening local networks.

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