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Is Welding going the Sanskrit way?

The more I attend seminars and gatherings related to welding, the more I get the feeling that welding is at the risk of going the Sanskrit way – a scenario where there are far more number of scholars than speakers.

This is not to diminish the contribution of scholarly and academic work to the field of welding. To increase the impact of these scholarly works, we need to ensure that there are enough practitioners of welding out there who would benefit from the scholarly work.

At the moment, there is a huge shortage of actual welders. Something has to be done on a war-footing to address this, including usage of simulators, and running awareness campaigns on welding as a career option. Last but not least, all of us need to work towards eliminating the stigma normally associated with work done with hands.

Union Minister Smt Smriti Irani tries out the AURA MIG Welding Simulator !


It was a proud and happy moment for skillveri yesterday. Union Minister for Human Resource  Development, Smt Smriti Irani, tried out our MIG Welding Simulator AURA and gave her views on it.

Ms.Smriti Irani was on a visit to IIT-Madras on Sept 22nd 2014, and skillveri’s AURA was one of the products she tried out at the IITM Reasearch Park.

A couple of pictures from her visit are below –

Seen along with Ms.Smriti Irani are Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthi -Director of IIT-M, Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala – Co-Chairman of IIT’s RTBI, Dr Tamaswati Ghosh –  In-charge of IIT Madras Incubation Cell, Ms Suma Prashant – Director, RTBI, along with Sabarinath Nair,  CEO of skillveri.

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Ms Smriti Irani tries her hand at Welding on the AURA MIG Welding Simulator, below –


Aura MIG Welding Simulator at L&T Tech Conclave 2014

skillveri participated in the Technology Conclave 2014 organised by L&T at Hazira. The team presented a demo of our MIG Welding Simulator, AURA.

The conclave was based on the theme of ‘Advances in Manufacturing’. There were sessions on topics like  Manufacturing, Welding, and Simulation Techniques, among others.

It was an honour for the skillveri Team that Mr. M.V. Kotwal, President of L&T Heavy Engineering, and board member of L&T tried out our AURA Welding Simulator. His words were a great source of encouragement and support for us in our mission to build indigenous technology.

Mr M.V.Kotwal, President-L&T Heavy Engineering, trying out the Aura MIG Welding Simulator.
Mr M.V.Kotwal, President-L&T Heavy Engineering, trying out the Aura MIG Welding Simulator.




AURA MIG Welding Simulator at the National Weld Meet 2014 !

Cutting ribbons and lighting lamps may be the usual way of inaugurating events in India, but for once there was a difference – with skillveri’s AURA.

Our MIG Welding Simulator, Aura, was used to inaugurate the National Weld Meet 2014 on 5th Sept 2014 organised by the Indian Institute of Welding. The chief guest, District Collector, Mr.Nandakumar IAS inaugurated the event by striking an arc on the simulator, which then displayed a welcome screen indicating the even had begun !

There was a demo of Aura at the event and also a paper presentation on ‘Welding Simulation and its Effectiveness’ by the skillveri Team. The paper is available below for download as PDF.

The event was held at Mohamed Sathak Engineering College, Kilakarai, TamilNadu on 5th & 6th of September, 2014.  Some of pics from the event are below –

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The District Collector, Mr.Nandakumar IAS, striking an arc on the AURA MIGWeldingSimulator to inaugurate the National Weld Meet 2014
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The Chief Guest and others applaud as the welcome screen appears on the Aura welding simulator,declaring the event open.
skillveri's MIG Welding Simulator Aura at the National Weld Meet 2014
skillveri’s MIG Welding Simulator Aura at the National Weld Meet 2014
Paper presentation by Team skillveri

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skillveri's AURA MIG Welding Simulator installed in Assam.

skillveri’s most recent installation has also been our easternmost one in the country so far ! Our Aura MIG Welding Simulator has been installed in Digboi, Assam, where our team had been to earlier this week, working in association with LabourNet India.

We’re very happy that Shri Rameswar Teli, MP from Assam, inaugurated and tried out Aura  ! 

Here are some images sent in by our team from Digboi, Assam – 

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Shri Rameshwar Teli, MP from Assam, viewing AURA MIG Welding Simulators at the inauguration at Digboi, Assam.
skillveri's AURA MIG Welding Simulator at Digboi, Assam
Shri Rameswar Teli, MP from Digboi, Assam viewing skillveri’s AURA along with officials from CII & IOCL.


skillveri's AURA at the Rural Education, Vocational Training & Micro Entrepreneurship Expo

skillveri participated in the Rural Education, Vocational Training & Micro Entrepreneurship Expo on August 12th & 13th 2014. Our stall held demos of the AURA MIG Welding Simulator, which drew lots of enthusiastic crowds. It was heartening to see the eagerness shown by the youngsters to learn more about welding, as the potential demand for such vocational skills is expected to grow manifold in the years to come.

The event was organised by Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation, an NGO working for youth development and rural education. It was held at the Government ITI Campus, Guindy, Chennai on Aug12&13th.

Here are a couple of images from the event –

The skillveri stall at the Rural Education and Vocational Training Expo organised by Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation
A section of the crowd checking out the AURA MIG Welding Simulator by skillveri !



skillveri in Economic Times

Today’s Economic Times covered skillveri in a full page special feature on Social Entrepreneurs titled “Where are the entrepreneurs?” Attaching a summary image of the coverage with this post.

skillveri Coverage in Economic Times, 15 May 2014
skillveri’s Coverage in Economic Times, 15 May 2014

Good to see RTBI’s Director Suma Prashant, and Villgro CEO Paul Pasil among many known entrepreneurs mentioned in the article.

Why Mechanical Engineers Need to Know Welding

“Engineers do not need to be hands-on, they work at supervisory levels” is soon turning out to be a myth, especially with the manufacturing and production industries. When companies from Automotive/Manufacturing are going to engineering college campuses for placements, they are increasingly looking at engineers who are hands-on.

For example, many of these companies are now asking for familiarity with welding processes and quality issues, when hiring from the mechanical / production / automotive / industrial streams. With quality becoming an important differentiation for companies vying for the global market, the engineers recruited to be in charge of manufacturing shop floors are expected to identify not just the defects, but also understand the root cause and then recommend/demonstrate a solution.

Though most engineering colleges have a mechanical workshop/lab course on welding, the syllabus is so outrageously outdated that no industry worth its name finds the knowledge useful. It is in such scenarios that welding simulators like skillveri AURA can be extremely useful to bridge the gap between syllabus and what industry wants.

Some of the reputed engineering colleges have already started reaping the benefits during the placement season.

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How simulators make a paradigm shift

“Don’t practice till you can get it right

Practice till you can’t get it wrong” – Anonymous

This quote is particularly true for hands-on vocational skills. The more you practice, the better skilled you become. Keeping this in context, just take a look at a page in the Welder Trade Theory textbook:

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A page from the textbook “Welder Trade Theory”

This is where simulators like AURA bring about a paradigm shift. Since the cost of incremental practice is close to zero you can indeed practice till you can’t get it wrong.

skillveri founder L.Kannan chosen for Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT-Madras

Hearty Congratulations to L.Kannan on being chosen for the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2014, from the entire skillveri Team !

skillveri founder L.Kannan is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. He has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award this year from his alma mater.

The awardees are chosen from among alumni who have made the institute proud with their outstanding achievements, and we are extremely happy and proud that Kannan is among those chosen by IIT Madras for the year 2014.  The award is expected to be given as part of the Institute Day in April 2014.

skillveri founder L.Kannan is chosen for the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT-M for 2014
skillveri founder L.Kannan is chosen for the Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT-M for 2014

Find the list of other awardees here .

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