Do you know? that China's tube mill manufacturing market share has grown by over 300% in the last two decades? While the Indian industrial sector has made significant strides in recent years, it still lags in technological adoption. This has put local manufacturers at a disadvantage, as outdated machinery leads to lower productivity, higher maintenance costs, and increased downtime. 

But here's the good news: there's a way to bridge this technological gap and level the playing field. By incorporating predictive maintenance and OEE monitoring solutions into their operations, tube mill manufacturers can significantly improve their equipment's efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime. 

And this is precisely where LimelightIT's comes in. As a leading provider of cutting-edge tech solutions, we help SME and MSME tube and pipe manufacturers integrate our hardware and sensors into their equipment to provide real-time performance monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions.

 In this blog post, we'll explore the state of tube mill manufacturer in India, the challenges it faces, and how LimelightIT's innovative solutions can help local manufacturers stay competitive in an increasingly globalized marketplace. 


Section 1: The Current State of Indian Tube Mill Manufacturing

According to a report by McKinsey & Company, Indian manufacturers invest only 0.5-1% of their revenues in research and development, which is significantly lower than the global average of 3.5-4%. This lack of investment in technology has led to several challenges faced by Indian tube mill manufacturers, such as:

 Limited adoption of automation and advanced manufacturing technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Difficulty in maintaining high product quality due to manual processes and lack of automation.

Growing competition from Chinese manufacturers, who have invested heavily in technology and are now dominating the global market.
These challenges have put Indian manufacturers at a significant disadvantage and have resulted in a decline in their market share.

Section 2: The Importance of Technology Adoption

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Adopting technology is critical for Indian tube mill manufacturers to stay competitive in the global market. Technology adoption can bring several benefits, such as:

  •  Improved efficiency and productivity through automation and advanced manufacturing technologies.

  • Higher quality products due to better process control and automation.

  • Increased competitiveness through cost savings and improved customer satisfaction.

A report by PwC suggests that technology adoption can lead to a 25-30% reduction in maintenance costs and a 20-25% increase in equipment uptime, which can significantly improve the bottom line for manufacturers.


Section 3: The Role of Predictive Maintenance and OEE Monitoring

Predictive maintenance and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) monitoring are two key technologies that can help Indian tube mill manufacturers improve their operations. Predictive maintenance uses sensors and analytics to predict equipment failures before they occur, allowing manufacturers to schedule maintenance proactively and avoid costly downtime. OEE monitoring, on the other hand, helps manufacturers measure the efficiency of their equipment and identify areas for improvement.

Implementing predictive maintenance and OEE monitoring can lead to several benefits, such as:

  •  Reduced downtime and maintenance costs

  • Improved equipment reliability and availability

  • Increased production throughput and quality

There are several success stories of companies that have implemented these technologies and have seen significant improvements in their manufacturing processes.



The Indian tube mill manufacturing industry is facing significant challenges, including growing competition from Chinese manufacturers and a lack of investment in technology. However, technology adoption can bring several benefits, including improved efficiency, higher-quality products, and increased competitiveness. By adopting technologies such as predictive maintenance and OEE monitoring, Indian tube mill manufacturers can improve their operations and stay competitive in the global market. It is critical that Indian manufacturers take action now and embrace technology to survive and thrive in the years to come.

Prakyath Arcod 30 March, 2023
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