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 – 

skillveri's AURA Simulators at Assam
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:

Welder Trade Theory - preventing practice
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 .

Do join us in congratulating Kannan by leaving your message here in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.


Goodbye 2013 & Hello 2014, from skillveri !

It is that time of the year which makes us contemplate on what has gone by, and look forward to what is coming.


2013, at skillveri, has been an important year – we are seeing our product grow, and our team grow, as we continue our aspirations to soar high.


The close of the year has been bringing good tidings, and we are so glad to be beginning 2014 on a positive note, with our fingers crossed for much more to come.


Do stay connected with us, here, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin  – We’ll be sharing all the exciting updates with you !


Wishes from the skillveri Team for a Happy & Successful 2014 – Have a great year ahead, everyone !

skillveri - Happy New Year 2014

skillveri mentioned in Prof Rishikesha’ Blog on innovation

One of the basic principles that drives skillveri is that innovation has to be relevant to the user’s needs.

It makes us immensely happy to share our founder’s vision reflected on Prof Rishikesha Krishnan‘s (Professor-Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore) personal blog. Read the full post here.

In his blog post, he quotes L Kannan on the challenges of bringing groundbreaking products into the market. And the general mindset in accepting innovative products. skillveri’s efforts in bringing out the simulation based welding training tool Aura, has also been highlighted.

Its good to note that Aura was built ground-up taking various stakeholders perspective. From the education domain, we found the course curriculum has not kept pace with changing market demands. From industry perspective, there is a surge in demand for trained MIG Welders. Aura is designed to teach MIG welding first, and in a very short timeframe. As opposed to conventional training methods which teach the various welding techniques in the order in which they were invented, This makes learning complex,time consuming, and not on par with the needs of industry and students.

The illustration below and our earlier post about the issue will drive home the point even better –

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Optimum order of Welding Training – from a human skill point of view

Its a proud moment where other path breaking innovations by skillveri’s founder L.Kannan – Microspin spinning machines and Vortex ATMs are also featured.


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