Emerson Innovation Center - Pune Marks 10 years of Engineering Success

Announces future focus areas and projects for the center

Pune (May 13, 2013) — Emerson, the U.S.-based global manufacturing and technology company, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Emerson Innovation Center - Pune this month. Located at Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, the Emerson Innovation Center - Pune employs more than 1,000 engineers and provides world-class product and software design and engineering services for Emerson's business units globally.

Established in 2003, the Emerson Innovation Center - Pune was the company’s first engineering and development center chartered to provide services to Emerson businesses worldwide.  The Innovation Center’s engineers are integrally involved in the entire new product development cycle for many of the company’s products and services contributing to the growth and success of Emerson worldwide. 

A beacon of engineering achievement and a hub for cross-business knowledge and collaboration, the Emerson Innovation Center team in Pune has grown from a handful of engineers to more than a thousand at present. The engineering scope of work in Pune has evolved to undertake the Engineering and development of new global products. The Innovation Center has played a critical role in helping:

• Trim costs for customers by contributing to Emerson’s groundbreaking Trellis™ platform for data center infrastructure management that helps manage data centers better and reduce operating costs.
• Lessen the time to commercialize new products like Emerson’s Unidrive M, a next generation family of AC and servo drives for manufacturing automation applications which help global customers achieve superior motor performance control.
• Reduce energy consumption through innovations in products like  Tandem Compressors (Scroll™) which save over 10 percent of the energy in commercial and residential HVAC applications

Mr. Anantha Sharma, Emerson Vice President and the Innovation Center’s director, said, “The last 10 years has been a great journey as we have built and strengthened our engineering charter and created an environment that promotes innovation and technology development. It is a matter of great pride for us that critical applications and products globally used today in sectors such as power, oil and gas, healthcare and pharma, and HVAC are run on technologies and solutions developed at the Innovation Center in Pune.”

Looking forward to the next 10 years, Sharma said the company plans to build on its investment in the Emerson Innovation Center – Pune, with a special focus on:
• Developing world-class lab infrastructure, to bring continual improvements in the areas of project management and developing competencies which reduce time and increase productivity.   
• Developing cutting-edge products and solutions spread across all business platforms of Emerson worldwide, like the Trellis™ platform which has helped significantly reduce energy wastage in data centers 
• Being actively involved in product development programs for the Indian market and conditions, thus becoming strategic partners for Emerson India.
• Increasing number of women engineers at Emerson from the present 16 percent to 25 percent by 2015.

The center has set an example of fostering a collaborative working relationship through exchange programmes between the Innovation Center and its global partners. For instance, over 20 engineers from the Innovation Center were part of an 80-member global engineering team from India, China, UK and USA that were involved in the development of the Unidrive M product line.

Mr. Pradipta Sen, President, Emerson India, Middle East and Africa said, “Emerson today has its strongest-ever portfolio of engineering solutions, backed by new skills and capabilities in our India engineering team, serving local as well as global markets. We will continue to strengthen our talent pool to solve complex customer requirements.”

On average, Emerson engineers in Pune collaborate with 30 different Emerson business units around the world creating a culture of innovation that has resulted in nearly the doubling of patent filings over the last two years. A prime example of this joint effort was the development of an electronic wear indicator which monitors, in real-time, the wear-and-tear that occurs in barrel couplings used in the joints of cranes. This initiative involved mechanical engineers from the power transmission business, electronic engineers from process management business, and engineers from other Emerson businesses coming together to develop a technology solution that helps inform operators when to replace the barrel couplings.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments:  Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were US$24.4 billion.  For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

About Emerson in India

Emerson has more than 8,500 employees across India who are involved in manufacturing, global engineering, project management, sales and service.  For more information, visit www.Emerson.com/India.