Hi Friends,
                                              Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.
                                                  There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"
                                       With regards,
                                       Hemen Parekh
                                       27 June 2013

Monday, 27 October 1986

KEEPING SCORE

Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave).

27 Oct 1986

To:
Dear Friends                        

Keeping Score


The season of cricket-tests have just begun and in the months to come,  test-scores 'will be  discussed  in Powai,  from the start of a match till the end.

There  will be  excitement  everywhere  -  all  throughout the day.  All of  us will identify ourselves with  the Indian team and monitor their  progress.  We will feel  happy, if they are doing well and feel unhappy if they are losing  the game.

All this is very natural - very human.

Then, how come  we forget it when  it comes to playing another game  called  "Economy Drive"?   In  fact,  in  this  game, we ourselves are the players .'
If our  team has a  target, a goal  —  then  someone must keep score.  But  what good  is a  'score' which  is kept  secret  ? Then no one is excited  - no one is motivated  - and no one  is cheering nobody  I  And players  don't like  to play if nobody is cheering them.

So today, I wish to cheer the PGM  Group.

Under  Economy  Drive,  it had  set  some  target  for SAVINGS during the  4 months of June-September 1986.   And here is  the SCORE - CARD  :



SAVING (RS. - lakhs)


TARGET
ACTUAL
1.
Material Cost
3.60
2.13
2.
Overtime
1.40
2.71
3.
Power conservation
1.45
1.13
4.
Travelling/Conveyance
0.47
1.90
5.
Economising on Purchases
-
0.14
6.
Other Expenses
0.26
0.51

TOTAL
7.18
8.52

We also deferred purchase of electrical fittings worth
Rs. 0.87 lakhs.                       

There was also a saving of  Rs. 0.96 lakhs due to reduction in usage of hired-cars (contributed by all groups).

My CONGRATULATIONS to all those who worked for  these savings !

In the meantime,  we in PGM, have set  for ourselves, a target of saving  Rs.  56 lakhs  during the  current year.   And with your co-operation we should be able to exceed that.

I seek your co-operation  in :

- reducing all wastages in the consumption of :
-      water
-      electricity
-      stationery
-      canteen food, etc.

handling  canteen  crockeries  with more  care  to  reduce breakages
improving efficiency  at all levels  by working  harder to reduce cost.
I am quite sure that  other groups too have done well in their drive for economy.   As far as PGM group  is concerned, I will let you  know the score sometime  in Jan  1987 - for the first quarter of 1986-1987.

Mount Kailash  - of  our Profitability  - is somewhere  in  the Himalayas.   Out  of  the  68  drivers  who have  entered   the Himalayan Car  Rally  this week, only  20/25 will  complete  it successfully after a tough ride of 2840 KM.

Will we reach the destination in our  "drive" ?


H.C. PAREKH

Wednesday, 22 October 1986

CONSERVATION OF ELECTRIC POWER

Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave). 

22 Oct 1986

To:

Dear Friends              

CONSERVATION OF ELECTRIC POWER


I have  received a  large number  of suggestions on  the above subject.
Keeping  in view  the long  list of  suggestions on  the above issue, I felt it was better to issue this explanatory note.

Out  of  the  above  suggestions,  a  majority  are  regarding general lighting in offices/shops viz-a-viz :

(a)  Switching off lights during lunch timings
(b)  Removing a  certain  number  of tubelights  from  the fittings.
(c)Segregation of light circuits.

Before taking up this issue,  I give below a table which shows the  electric consumption  of  various electrical  appliances, including light fittings :



Description
Consumption per hour
Cost of Energy (Rs. )
1.    
 .2 ft. tubelight
29 W
0.029 Kwh
0.0348
2.    
 4 ft. tubelight
52 W
0.052 Kwh
0.0624
3.    
 Window A.C. Unit
1250 W
1.250 Kwh
1.5000
4.    
 1 HP Motor
746 W
0.746 Kwh
0.8950
5.    
 250 W HPMV Lamp
295 W
0.295 Kwh
0.3540
6.    
 400 W HPMV Lamp
453 W
0.453 Kwh
0.5440
7.    
 1000 W HPMV Lamp
1098 W
1.098 Kwh
1.3180
8.    
 250 W HPMV Lamp
324 W
0.324 Kwh
0.3890

From the above  table, it is quite  clear that I No.  of 4 ft. tubelight  consumes  0.052  Kwh  power  in  one  hour  whereas consumption  of other  high  wattage  lamps/workshop machines/ window A.C.  units etc. is very  high in  equivalent period of time considering cost of Kwh unit as Rs.  1.20.

As  regards suggestions  to  switch  off  lights  during lunch timings, tea  breaks, etc., we  would like  to say  that it is the moral duty of all of us to ensure that  lights/fans/window A.C. units etc.  are switched off whenever not required - provided this does not disturb others.  This can be achieved only with the co-operation of one and all.

As regards  other suggestions mentioned  above, we  would like to mention that the lighting  in the offices/shops is designed for general  illumination level when  the electrification work was originally  carried out.   Subsequently, the  layouts, the user, the  requirement might  have changed and, hence,  it may happen that  lighting in some of the  areas may be higher than the minimum  required level.  It may  vary from place to place and from  person  to person  depending upon  the type  of work that is being done by different occupants.

In some  of the office  areas, the  natural light  that may be available  may be  adequate  for  the user  and  the concerned users may  jointly request PEL  Department  to remove unwanted tubelights or starters so as to save electrical consumption.

Since  electrical  saving  in  the  office  lighting areas   is marginal,  any alterations  in  the switches,  cables  and relocation  of fittings  etc. will  be  much more  costlier and, hence, the  same is  not desirable. Nevertheless,it will be worthwhile   to  remove  starters  and/or   tubes  from  such fittings, for which PEL Department  may be contacted.

Suggestions are always  welcome - for, their  basic purpose is to check  on wastage  - big  or small  - and  achieve savings. However, it will  be more beneficial for both  - the suggester and the organisation  - if  ways and  means are  suggested to check on major wastage areas.

May  I, therefore,  request all  the  readers to  come forward with   their  valuable   suggestions   which   can   help  the organisation in saving costly energy wastage!


Regards,


H.C. PAREKH