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PRD Interim – Oct 2021

MD DESK

Dear folks, After celebrating the Ayutha pooja, I wish blessings for all and May God bless you all. This month of October has definitely been eventful.

On a little note, one of our customized drilling rig a small crawler mounted PRD Speed Star was helpful in pulling out a buried Toyota Hilux, the track crawler made it easy for the rig. This was managed all the time with the mast up. 

We have successfully delivered and commissioned a second batch of Ex-65 10 m blast holes during this month. The new product is well received in the market because of its performance. The manufacturing team and the product itself were performed to its hype and  expectation looking forward itself to the stiff competition while we increase our market share in this segment. We should also see for opportunities in the international market.

In exporters, we are able to bring more innovation to our products, we are the first to purchase the first Atlas Copco Y1300 – 500 compressors. This is the first industrial diesel-powered 35 bar compressor.

We are excited to deliver this first mammoth compressor along with our product for a special mining application. Kudos to the team for creating yet another achievement unlocked.

It’s splendid to let you all know that we have celebrated Ayutha pooja in 7 different countries and 14 different locations as PRD. Let’s not forget the 1000’s rigs that were in operation across the globe. We pray for your safety, health, and work.

GLOBAL NEWS - ALL ABOUT KENYA

Kenya Language
Kenya is a multilingual country. The Bantu Swahili language and English, the latter being inherited from colonial rule are widely spoken as lingua franca. They serve as the two official working languages. English is widely spoken in commerce, schooling and government. There are a total of 68 languages spoken in Kenya.

Kenya Government
The son of Kenya’s founding president, Uhuru Kenyatta took up his father’s mantle to become head of state in April 2013.
Mr Kenyatta, ranked by Forbes as the richest man in Kenya, was born in 1961 shortly after the release of his father Jomo Kenyatta from nearly 10 years’ imprisonment by British colonial forces, and two years before Kenya’s independence.Educated in the United States at the elite Amherst College, where he studied political science and economics, he is viewed as the top political leader of Kenya’s largest tribe, the Kikuyu, who make up some 17% of the population.
However, he also appeals to Kenyans from different ethnic backgrounds, able to mingle not only with the elite he was born into but also with the average Kenyan, cracking jokes using local street slang.

Kenyan Economy
Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa, and has an affluent urban minority, it has a Human Development Index(HDI) of0.519, ranked 145 out of 186 in the world In 2017, Kenya ranked 92nd in the World Bank ease of doing business rating from 113rd in 2016 (of 190 countries). Kenya is usually classified as a frontier marketer occasionally an emerging market, but it is not one of the least developed countries.
The government of Kenya is generally investment friendly and has enacted several regulatory reforms to simplify both foreign and local investment, including the creation of an export processing zone. The export processing zone is expected to grow rapidly through input of foreign direct investment.
An increasingly significant portion of Kenya’s foreign inflows are remittances by non-resident Kenyans who work in the US, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Compared to its neighbours, Kenya has well-developed social and physical infrastructure.
The Vision 2030 is Kenya’s current blue-print for the future of economic growth. The long-term goals of this vision are to create a prosperous and globally competitive nation with a high quality of life by the year 2030.
To do this, it aims to transform Kenyan industry all the while creating a clean and secure environment. The vision is separated into three different pillars: economic, social, and political governance.Currency: Shillings Per capita GDP: $1,455, GDP: $ 70.53 billion, GDP growth rate: 5.8%, Inflation rate: 7.6%, Labor force: 75-80% agriculture.

Kenya Geography
Area: 224,900 square miles
Capital: Nairobi (pop 2,343,000)
Environmental concerns: water pollution; deforestation; soil erosion; poaching; water-hyacinth infestation in Lake Victoria
Geographical features: low plains rising to central highlands bisected by the Great Rift Valley with fertile plateau in the west Climate: tropical to arid.

Kenya Population
Its total population was estimated at 47 million as of 2017. Kenya population is equivalent to 0.66% of the total world population. The median age in Kenya is 19.2 years. Kenya ranks number 28 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

Kenya Health and Social Issues
Life expectancy: Men, 61 years; women, 64 years Infant mortality: 42 deaths per 1000 live births, 40 % of the population lives in poverty, 1 physician per 5,999 people, HIV/AIDS Rate in Adults: 6.3%, 90% of adults are literate Compulsory education (Ages): 6-14 years; free

Kenya Transportation
Kenya has an extensive road network of approximately 95,000 miles connecting most parts of the country. The road network accounts for over 80 percent of Kenya’s total passenger and freight transport. Kenya’s port of Mombasa, which has an annual average freight throughput of about 8.1 million tons, is the country’s main seaport and serves most East and Central.

The international and domestic air transport infrastructure is relatively well-developed in Kenya. There are 3 international airports; the largest is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, which serves more than 30 airlines providing scheduled services to cities around the world.

Kenya Independence
Kenya is a republic and gained its independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963 President Mwai Kibaki is both head of state and government 3 major political parties Universal suffrage at 18

Kenya Military
Kenya’s military spending last year rose to a new high of Sh96 billion to stand above those of neighbouring Ethiopia and Uganda combined for the first time. Nairobi spent $933 million (or nearly Sh100 billion) on its military last year, a 10.5 per cent growth from $844 million
(Sh86.9 billion).

Kenyan Industry
Kenya is the most industrially developed country in the African Great Lakes region, manufacturing still accounts for 14% of the GDP. Industrial activity, concentrated around the three largest urban centres, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, is dominated by food-processing industries such as grain milling, beer production, and sugarcane crushing, and the fabrication of consumer goods, e.g., vehicles from kits.

SERVICE SUPPORT SATISFACTION -PRD MAX DRILL ICE

PRD Max Drill for one of our privileged customers in Tanzania, M/s. Nassa drilling services. This rig was commissioned in late 2019 and it was the third rig to be fitted with these ICE features. PRD ICE stands for Intelligent Control Efficiency. These rigs boast features like single-brand geared pumps and motors.

Hydraulically bed spanners with V-type dual-acting breakout system, single rod changer with hydraulic gripping arm, digital HMI display which displays the pump pressure, drilling start and drilling end time, it also shows rod count, depth and rate of penetrations along with compressor run time and compressor fuel consumption. These parameters are not only displayed in the HMI but also online via a login on your mobile and laptop.

The customer had complained of the ICE system being offline and depth reading was not calculating. PRD deployed its team of engineers from India to the Tanzanian site. The rigs was beautifully maintained and it was handled by a crew of experts. PRD Max Drill ICE was being prepped for its first project in the Mines, a series of monitoring borewells.

We had rectified the error of the online issue as we figured out the sim was inserted in the wrong slot and by this means it had corrupted the software. We reinstalled the software, completed the work, and also changed the encoder and coupling to rectify the problem. We every successful for a day but the next day the problem persisted.

Mr. Vijay Amitharaj and I stayed on-site for a few days to research the failure and we concluded that we need to change the counting system and make it more foolproof. We are working on it now to make it the best in the world for water well drilling rigs PRD ICE will certainly be flagship worthy. Meanwhile, we have promised the customer that we will develop a system by the month of February and satisfy the value for his money.

TECHNICAL CORNER - DEVELOPING NEXT-GEN, SMART ENGINE FAN BLADES

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is transforming the way companies in many industries are manufacturing their products, and the aerospace industry is no exception. For example, aircraft manufacturers are improving manufacturing processes by embedding sensor technologies into engine components.

An EU-funded project called MORPHO has also jumped on the Industry 4.0 bandwagon with an innovative proposal: embed printed and fiber optical sensors in aircraft engine fan blades to endow them with cognitive capabilities while they are being manufactured.

Smart, multifunctional and multi-material fan blades
“The fan blades are designed and manufactured using a hybrid material. The core body of the fan blades is built up with a 3D-woven composite, while the leading edge is made of titanium. As an example, this material technology is used in the LEAP Engine family (1A, 1B, 1C), allowing them a mass gain while exhibiting high strength and fracture toughness,” the MORPHO team reports in a press release posted on “The Aviation Times.”

Project team members will develop and test core technology building blocks on a demonstrator called a Foreign Object Damage (FOD) panel. FOD is a major cause of metal failure in aviation and other environments that are prone to damage from debris or loose objects. The MORPHO FOD panel represents the chord of a fan blade—in other words, the blade’s width from the leading (or foremost) edge to the trailing (or rear) edge—at a specific height. The panel’s main purpose is to test the fan blade’s design before manufacturing so as to minimize risks.

The press release provides further insight into the project’s use of FOD panels: “MORPHO proposes to embed printed and fiber-optical sensors in FOD panels, thus providing them with cognitive capabilities from the moment they are manufactured. The parallel development of digital/hybrid twin models will drastically improve the FOD Life Cycle Management. Throughout the project, demonstrators will be developed to analyze and validate the proposed methods and tools.”

Caring about the environment
MORPHO also intends to ensure efficient, profitable and eco-friendly manufacturing, maintenance and recycling of its next-generation, smart engine fan blades, in line with the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan. Another priority is the environmentally friendly recycling of costly components.

The project aims to develop a methodology that combines two innovative processes: laser-induced disassembly, and pyrolysis technology for the optimal recycling of end-of-service-life parts.

MORPHO (Embedded Life-Cycle Management for Smart Multimaterials Structures: Application to Engine Components) is coordinated by École nationale supérieure d’arts et métiers, France, and brings together aircraft equipment manufacturers and software and sensor-system developers, as well as recycling technology and intelligent process monitoring companies, universities and research organizations from six European countries. External guidance and expert advice will be provided by an international advisory board possessing diverse skills and expertise that reflect the range of organizations that the project seeks to engage. The 3.5-year project ends in September 2024.

TECH FUTURE - BEYOND EURO VI

European emission standards are becoming more stringent, with the aim of reducing both the environmental impact and the negative impact on people’s health due to the emissions from cars, vans, trucks and buses. New standards in the EU have been implemented in stages previously and one of the most significant recent developments in emissions standards is the introduction of Real Driving Emissions (RDE) requirements. 

Ensuring that Euro 6/VI vehicles meet the pollutant emissions limits set by the  standards in actual real-world use is important to the achievement of health-related  ambient air-quality standards, particularly for ambient particulate matter and nitrogen  dioxide. Similarly, there are lessons to be learned in this context for those countries in  the rest of the world implementing the European standards framework.

The EU is currently revising its main law to cut pollution from cars, vans and trucks, Euro 6 emission standards, and developing new emissions standards, Euro 7, to be implemented from 2025. The Commission assembled emissions experts from across Europe, known as CLOVE, to independently assess the shortfalls in the current car and truck emissions regulation, and propose new emission limits and tests based on what is both economically and technically feasible.

The specific stated objectives of Euro 7 are to improve air quality, with a particular emphasis on urban areas, by reducing air pollutant emissions from road transport and setting harmonised rules for vehicles. In addition, the revisions aim to reduce complexity and compliance costs, provide appropriate and up-to-date limits for all air pollutant emissions and ensure that new vehicles keep their air pollutant emissions under control throughout their entire lifetime and in all conditions of use.

In short, Euro 7/VII standards will prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths equivalent to avoiding hundreds of thousands of years of life lost, by employing technologies that already exist, and which will increase the cost of new cars by less than 2% and the cost of new trucks by less than 5%. Yet the decades-long battle rages on between cleaner air and the automobile industry’s claims of infeasibility.

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