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THE MAIN ACTIVITIES AND SWOT ANALYSIS OF RDCIS

THE MAIN ACTIVITIES OF RDCIS ARE AS FOLLOWS: -

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: -
The technological services extended by RDCIS to SAIL plants and units are mainly in the mode of R&D projects. The spectrum of R&D projects pursued by RDCIS, both at plants/ units as well as in-house, can be categorised as follows: Plant performance Improvement; Investigation and Consultancy Assignment; Basic and Scientific Research; Equipment & Instrument Development. The projects so identified, have well defined objectives, approaches and activities to accomplish the goal. Projects are identified after joint discussion between plant and RDCIS personnel to provide solutions to identified problems. Work is carried out after project is approved by the competent authority in the SAIL plant as well as RDCIS. Monitoring and review of the projects is done at different levels and mid course corrections, if any, are also suggested. At the end of the project, the outcome of the work is well documented after concurrence from the customer who is also partner in the innovation. The implementation of the innovations is also pursued.

 HUMAN RESOURCE: -
RDCIS is a knowledge-based organisation and therefore, human resource is its prime resource. Development of adequate and appropriate human resource is a constant endeavour in the organisation. The selection of personnel aims at achieving a right mix in terms of expertise, specialisation and experience.

LABOROTORY FACILITIES:-
Since RDCIS provides solutions in all aspects of iron and steel technology, the Centre has developed a full fledged laboratory with state-of-art equipment starting from raw material characterisation to finished product evaluation. The Centre strives to constantly modernise its facilities and infrastructure that will provide a cutting edge to its research capabilities.

TECHNOLOGY DISSEMINATION:-
RDCIS organises Technology Awareness Programmes to enhance the knowledge base and potential of SAIL engineers and technologists, especially those working on the shop floor, by sharpening their skill to enhance, analyse and solve technological problems. These programmes cover a wide range of topics dealing with different technology areas in the steel plants.

PRODUCT DEVELPOMENT:-
One of the prime focus area at RDCIS involves development of new products with special quality attributes. These products are developed in SAIL plants with existing facilities and subsequently promoted and commercialised through product application and marketing efforts. The thrust on product development enables the Company to achieve greater market penetration and share.

TECHNOLOGY MARKETING :-
RDCIS offers technological services to various organisations in the form of Know-how transfer of technologies developed by RDCIS, consultancy services, specialised testing services, and contract research. This helps to establish credibility of the Centre as a knowledge centre besides generating revenue through external earnings.

INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

In the current competitive market scenario, it has become important to protect the innovations resulting from R&D pursuits. This is being accomplished at RDCIS by filing patents and copyrights under Intellectual Property Rights Act. Enlargement of intellectual capital base is constantly encouraged in the Centre.

SWOT ANALYSIS - RDCIS
Strengths
Weaknesses
·        Expertise across the total spectrum of technology areas in the steel making process from Raw materials to Finishing, under one roof.
·        Multidisciplinary application experience on various plants and processes with quantification of benefits.
·        Modelling based on Lab. Work and simulation.
·        Application of theoretical knowledge and, experience of processes, to day to day operations.
·        Product development
·        Infrastructure – Analytical & diagnostic facilities for investigations. Modelling & Simulation facilities and pilot plants.
·        Knowledge and expertise pool in research manpower.
Ø  Adverse age-mix.
Ø  Depleting Technical Knowledge Base.
Ø   Manpower attrition and knowledge/skill gaps at the Technician level in the Lab. Side.
Ø  Pressures for growth to the executive cadre from a large, eligible non technical population.
Ø  Usage of low grade iron ore and Iron ore beneficiation.
Ø  The Centre has expertise in coal characterisation, blending studies and coke making. More expertise needs to be developed in coal preparation.
Ø  Inadequate exposure to latest developments in technology.

Opportunities
Threats
·           The Modernisation programme – exposure to new technologies and development of the Technology Management role.
·           The decision role in selection of technology will demand great skills at the Assimilation phase to integrate the new technologies. Opportunity for increasing credibility in customer’s eyes through effective Assimilation and Adaptation of the new technologies.
·           Leveraging Infrastructure and knowledge pool for external earnings.
·           The objective of making SAIL a globally competitive company. 
Ø  Most technology is being imported and there is greater stress on the role of selection of technology and less on R&D
Ø  Development of technology hampered by lack of connectivity with Engineering companies to facilitate pilot scale development from scratch.
Ø  Optimal utilisation of non technical non executive manpower.

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