HIGLIGHTS OF Karakuri Symposium


QCFI Bengaluru in association with Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering,
Bengaluru Chapter and IEM Department of BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru,
jointly organized a “Symposium on Low cost automation based on Japanese concept of
Karakuri” on 25 th June 2022 from9:00 hrs to 1330 Hrs in the BMS College of
Engineering Platinum Jubilee Auditorium 1. About 55 participants from various
industries located in and around Bangalore City participated. The faculty of the college
along with 25 students of final semester of IEM department were present
This programme was aimed at introducing the Japanese concept of no cost/low-cost
automation using innovative techniques in their work place which can greatly improve
the productivity. Each enterprise can benefit by adopting this technique
The program started with the lighting of lamps, offering a small prayer to the Almighty
for smooth conduct of the program.

The symposium was formally inaugurated by Sri Dr. S Muralidhara Principal BMSCE,
who delivered his key note address Commander M S Srikant, Hon Treasurer IIIE BC welcomed the gathering and said that such programs are being organised for industry and academia to make our country self- reliant, cost effective with state of the technology and high productivity. Mr T.A Murali, Hon secretary, QCFI addressed the gathering about QCFI activities and the days program.

Sri Thej Kumar Associate Vice President-Operations and Product Development, Toyoda
Gosei South India Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru and Chairman QCFI in his keynote address stated
that the good practices are the key to improvement and compete in a globalized

Mr. Kishen spoke about Kaizen and how this small improvement discussions when
systematized becomes the corner stone for Karakuri.

Thereafter Mr. Thej Kumar, explained the complete nuances of taking up No Cost or
Low-Cost automation. Here the emphasis is to utilize the waste and scrap material and
use a very little time of various employees but achieve the best without using any power
with emphasis on ease of maintenance. Use of gravity and simple mechanism is the

He presented still photos and videos of Karakuri implemented at his organization and
other Toyota facilities. His team members had brought physical models of simple
automation carried out and the cost was negligible and explained the concepts in action.
This was highly appreciated by all participants and drew vide question answer session.
Cdr M S Srikant stated that both QCFI and IIIE undertake consultancy and companies
desirous of taking up Karakuri projects can contact the said organizations

Mr M K Krishna, Member IIIE summed up the days’ proceedings.
The speakers were felicitated and mementos were presented by members of Governing
Council of QCFI.

The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Mr. T.A. Murali, Hon. Secretary
QCFI. Post symposium Lunch was sponsored by QCFI and facility was provided