Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Our Yellow Belt Graduation Soon

Our company train us on Lean and gave us every support to learn lean manufacturing system and ceremony is waiting in new year (2009). Budget has approved to celebrate our success and we need to showcase our talents in yellow belt as small groups of implementers. We have to present our some of implementation in yellow belt certification award ceremony.

Still dont know what is my team and what is our area. Lean team will inform us soon.

Carbon Membrane for seperation of CO2 from Biogas

BioGas is not a pure methane. It contains many gas including CO2 which dramatically reduce its calorific value as a fuel.

But Professor May-Britt Hägg and Dr. Jon A. Lie have invented a technology to use carbon membrane as a separation tool for CO2 in biogas. That membrane is contain following features.

• High stability and durability
• No contamination of gas flow
• New class of hollow fibre membrane

for more info

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Norweco brings safe water to third-world countries

By MARY LISA BOOSE - Reflector Staff Writer

Norweco workers in Norwalk build chlorinators and people in Haiti avoid illness.International Action, a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C., has brought clean water to more than 400,000 poor Haitians with the help of equipment from Norweco."They gave a very, very cheap price for the chlorinators. The price they charge us is peanuts," said Abdul Kanu, spokesman for International Action. He said the foundation only operates in Haiti now, but would like to expand to Africa to bring clean water to more people.Don Bach, director of sales for Norweco, said the company adapted equipment to treat drinking water after learning of the extreme need of people in poor countries."It took 15 years to put it together," he said. "With the guidance of International Action, we adapted the piping and the way we use them for drinking water."Bach said when Norweco officials learned that many children under the age of 12 die from water-born diseases in some countries, they decided they could help solve the problem. "Our major business is wastewater treatment equipment supply and we adapted some of our equipment for drinking water," he said.

Bach said the staff at International Action deserves full credit for the progress of the clean water program."They are wonderful people," Bach said, adding other charitable organizations have put in state-of-the-art equipment into communities, but never bothered to keep programs going."International Action trains local people," he said. "They figured out the formula of making it happen. International Center decided you have to have community buy-in for the project. If you don't have that, it fails."Norweco's chlorinator is now used in about 20 countries and Bach said it is also used in remote areas of the United States such as in government parks.Haiti has a high infant and mortality rate and a big part of the problem is unsafe water. International Action and Dlo Pwp, a Haitian organization, joined forces to install 100 chlorinators in 23 of the poorest neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince. Now about 400,000 residents are getting clean, safe water for the first time."The largest killer of children in all developing countries is waterborne disease such as cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and chronic diarrhea. These diseases lead to the premature and avoidable deaths of 2.6 million children each year," said Lindsay Mattison, director of International Action. "For $265, we can install a water chlorinator that lasts a generation. It will provide up to 10,000 people with clean, safe drinking water. Chlorine is becoming a major force for public health in Haiti."In Jalousie, situated in the hills above Port-au-Prince, a new chlorinator protects 50,000 people. A nurse in the area reported a major drop in chronic diarrhea cases. A municipal laboratory found that typhoid and cholera germs are no longer present in Jalousie's water. People from nearby neighborhoods are crossing into Jalousie to carry safe water to their homes.Pierre Joab, president of the local water board in Simmond Pel, said the chlorinators make a big difference. "Since International Action installed chlorinators, the rate of diarrhea and sickness of children dropped dramatically. Kids are not getting sick any more. We learned we can prevent such diseases. We'd like to keep it this way," he said.Abdul Kanu, spokesman for International Action, said his group is now working on plans to install water tanks in addition to chlorinators."The unique thing about our project is the chlorine lasts in the water for days," he said, and treated water will even overcome bacteria in containers used to carry the water. More information on International Action's water projects is available atwww.haitiwater.org.

{MARY LISA BOOSE is guest author and MARY LISA BOOSE send me this article to publish on my website.}

Sunday, December 7, 2008

lean manufacturing pdf

This paper reports the resuIts of a study into the performance and management practices of 18 autocomponents plants, nine of which were located in the UK and nine in Japan. The study compared the performance of these plants and used quantitative measures to test the use of lean production techniques among the high performers. Five plants displayed high performance on measures of both productivity and quality. All of these were located in Japan. Several measures of management practice provided some support for the lean production model, particularly in the area of process discipline and control; measures of human resource management policy and work organization proved less significant. Contextual factors pointed to the conditions necessary to support lean production; higher performing plants had more stable demand and lower absenteeism

lean manufacturing consultants

Our company hired several lean manufacturing consultants and they worked closely with us in implementing lean. I can remember Denis one of team member of our lean manufacturing consultants. He is an American and he had experience in many automobile manufacturing companies including Toyota.
He was very interesting consultant and I still remember how he pronouns PDCA, "Plaaaaaan Do Check Act". He grab Plan word to emphasis us on the time should taken for Planning phase.
I worked with him for implementing minimum and maximum level in our cutting department.
Lean implementation need good consultants if we required success. For large scale organizations we can even hire foreign consultants. But it is not a suitable options for small and medium scale enterprises.
In Sri Lanka we have lot of potential for lean consultant service and higher educational institutes need to include Lean Manufacturing into their curriculum and train their graduands on lean. This will boost our lean consultant base and create more value in industry.

implementing lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing system which can be simply called "More Value with Less Work" can change any existing manufacturing facility into a great profitable business. It is one of great dream @ every level of employees and shareholders.

But it is not a dream which will realize in one night. Lean must be implemented very carefully and it must cover up all sections and all levels of organization. High level of change management is need because every where "Resistance to Change" is available.

I am working in a factory where Lean is being implemented. I have involved with many lean projects in our company and I have experienced the Resistance and ways to overcome it. Lean implementers must be aware with factors which lead for failures in lean system.
Implementing lean requires corporate culture change starting from grass root level of hierarchy. I think people mind set is the key object which need to change in implementation process.

Flexibility - The Key To Be Success

Meeting Rooms with wheeled Equipments

In Toyota factory most of things have embeded with wheels. Why? They like contiuous improvement and CI need flexibility for layout change. Look above picuture. If there are no wheels a simple layout change reqiure additional support and cost many labour hours. But with the support of wheels even the owner of brainchild of CI can do layout by him self and achive his goals with change in new layout.

Directors, Managers, Executives and workers like changes. They dream about changes. Changes will not happen easily if there is no environment to support changes. Create an envrionment which enable superb flexibility for changes.

Toyota wheeled Equipments ............ one better example for superb changing environment.

5s @ Toyota Manufacturing Facility

Toyota, leader in lean manufacturing system

Achieved their unique profitability with continually practicing Lean
When I was student @ Uni Moratuwa we practiced 5S. One of our batchmate Ushan was student leader and Dr. Jagath Premachandra was consultant. We did many things to implement 5S in department of Chemical & Process Engineering [the department where I was studied]
Now I am working for intimate garment manufacturing cluster in Sri Lanka and we are also practicing 5S + S [6S]
To be honest 5S is not in my life and I have lot of resistence to be a 5S person. But I have understand the improtance of 5S to eliminate every type of waste and to be profitable in business.

Space Saving Project in Toyota - Even @ cafeteria

Wow world most profitable automobile manufacture Toyota, achieved their present stability with unique production management system, lean. They are saving their space even @ cafeteria.

Lean Manufacturing is wonderful tool to make any manufacturing or service sector profitable business. In my working place, we practice lean manufacturing system and I have passed yellow belt level and practicing blue belt. We also doing projects to save many things including space.

I got new desk top pc

Yeasterday I brought new pc for my acedemic, entertainment, internet surfing and blogging work.


Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz
Intel MotherBoard
160 Sata II Harddisk
2 GB Kingston RAM
17" Samsung LCD Monitor

Place : PC House

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I was awarded for my blog

In recent Annual General Meeting of Department of Chemical Engineering which was held in newly open building complex, I was awarded as Inventor of the year. I was surprised because I did not expect such an award. My web blog and social network of chemical engineers was reason for my award.

I must thank every one who organize the AGM.

The 11th Chemunique magazine was also launched and e magazine also launched

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Dalai Lama is very keen in Scientific Analysis on Metta Meditation



Dalai Lama is very keen in scientific experiments concerning the relationships between the brain, meditation and consciousness.


Today I try to find out details on scientific background of meditation and its benefits on life. Then I came across with wonderful web site and there I found above interesting photo graph which shows Dalai Lama is involving with a scientific analysis of meditation.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oil Base Cooling System for CPU cooling - first of its kind solution from Hardcore Computer

When you perform complex function using your computer (simulation, rendering 3d design ... etc), I think you may have face trouble with computer slow down and being struck ... so and so. One of major reason behind it is high temperature of computer major components such as processor, VGA, ... etc. Increase temperature will limit electron transferring though  nano level circuit paths of processors and other components and it causes poor performance of your computer.


Hardcore computer has come up with very innovative solution. With first of its kind submersion technology they offer

  • Maximum performance as active components maintain low temperatures
  • Even highly over-clocked parts keep operating due to safe, non-stressing temperatures
  • Unmatched cooling capabilities—Core Coolant absorbs 10x more heat than air and circulates through our Delphi-certified radiator at 2.5 gallons/minute
  • Long service life—components not subject to heat last longer
  • Can perform complex functions—you’ll stop before your computer does



According engadget.com analysis hardcore computers uses a mineral oil which is not break down or rancid and a pump circulates the liquid through a side-mounted radiator for cooling while all the wet components slide out of the top for potentially mess-free maintenance.

User can lift central processing unit from submersion tank and keep up until oil drip off. Then user can remove, add, clean any part of central processing unit.

hardcorepc_01_sm User can lift central processing unit from submersion tank


hardcorepc_03_sm  keep up until oil drip off


The  company has U.S. Patent No. 7,403,392 for “Liquid submersion cooling system.” They are marketing this product for a price of 5560 $.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

chemical engineering solutions


This volume in the Coulson and Richardson series in Chemical Engineering contains full worked solution for problems in Volume 1. This volume contains detail solutions for vol 1 questions.

Example solution:-


It is found experimentally that the terminal settling velocity u0 of a spherical particle in a fluid is a function of the following quantities: particle diameter, d; buoyant weight of particle (weight of particle weight of displaced fluid), W; fluid density, and fluid viscosity, Obtain a relationship for u0 using dimensional analysis. Stokes established, from theoretical considerations, that for small particles which settle at very low velocities, the settling velocity is independent of the density of the fluid except in so far as this affects the buoyancy. Show that the settling velocity must then be inversely proportional to the viscosity of the fluid.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Webhostingrating.com a hosting guide for webmasters

Webhostingrating.com is a comprehensive guide on web hosting with state of the art analysis over industrial data of hosting business. It provide web hosting ratings on Unix Hosting,Windows Hosting,Reseller Hosting,VPS Hosting,Dedicated Hosting,Colocation Hosting and Managed Hosting. As example if reader needs to know what is top 10 Unix Hosting service in industry they can view Webhostingrating.com's rating on Unix Hosting and find out what are the companies in top tire of the business.

It provide yearly award for several categories include Best Budget Hosting,Best Blog Hosting, Best Forum Hosting, Best Unix Hosting ... etc. It guide on blog hosting services with several categories including wordpress. It is very good news for hosting service providers that they provide chance to submit information of any web hoster onto their hosting rating platform. [They only accept independent hosting companies only. AFFILIATES and RESELLERS do NOT qualify]

web hosting

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Encyclopedia



This four volume set gives details for the manufacture of 2,226 pharmaceuticals that are being marketed as a trade-named product somewhere in the world. Each entry includes:

Theraputic Function
Chemical and Common Name
Structural Formula
Chemical Abstracts Number
Trade Name, Manufacturer, Country, and Year Introduced
Raw Materials
Manufacturing Process



Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Encyclopedia.pdf



free download

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Software - A Complete Management Information System (MIS)


MARG Pharmaceutical Sales, Stock, MIS and Accounts Management software is innovative software which enable Pharmaceutical industries for 


Inventory Control

Sales and Purchase Control

Order Processing




Usually MARP software are powered with MS technology so it is very easy to use in Window environment. It also powered with SMS, Online Graphs, E-mails .. etc.

Amazing speed, round the clock service, accuracy and cost effectiveness is their tools to become success in market.


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Business process management software - with business graphics

SmartDraw offer wide range of flexibility to manage business process with graphic generating platform. SmartDraw allow user to generate and export[word, visio, powerpoint, exel ... etc] following features.

  • Flowcharts
  • Org Charts
  • Project Timelines
  • Gantt Charts
  • Scheduling Calendars
  • Bar Graphs & Pie Charts
  • Marketing Charts
  • Forms
  • Floor Plans



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business intelligence and Business Process Management




A book on proactive management of business measurements and goals, Real-time enterprise business and Monitor and manage business processes by panel of authors

  • Chuck Ballard
  • Ahmed Abdel-Hamid
  • Robert Frankus
  • Fabio Hasegawa
  • Julio Larrechart
  • Pietro Leo
  • Jo Ramos


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Green SUVs, Hybrid SUVs that carry real value

Toyota Highlander Hybrid


Price: 34,700 - $41,020

Fuel economy: 25 mpg High Way, 27 mpg City


Ford Escape Hybrid



Price: $29,305

Fuel economy: 31 mpg Hwy, 34 mpg City



Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid



Price: $53,260

Fuel economy: 20 mpg Hwy, 20 mpg City

Sunday, October 5, 2008

100% Eco Friendly Electric Car, Now in Sri Lanka


Every increasing fuel price  ......, it is not reduce even though crude oil barrel price decrease ......

Emission of COX, NOX, SOX cause environmental issues ...... global warming

It is our responsibility find and go for environment friendly and economical solutions. There is good news for people who wish to purchase a new car recently. Electrica, a plug and run electrical car @ 1.2 million LKR which runs @ 2.5 LKR/km cost is a good option for them.

Product Information:

Dimension(LxWxH): 3020x1515x1520mm
Drive type: rear wheel drive
wheelbase: 2560 mm
Steering system: rack-and-pinion steering gear
Wheel type (front/rear):155-80R1277T/155-80R1277T
Mi.ground clearance: 110mm
Parking brake: hand / rear-wheel brake
Net weight: 790kg
Battery type: lead-acid maintenance battery
Power: 72V AC 6.5kW/48V DC 3kW
Weight of battery: 384kg
Electric system: 12V DC
Battery life: recharging for 500 times
Charger: 72V, 25A
Track(front/rear): 1255/1300mm
Controller: 72V
Battery: 12V/200Ah*6 lead-acid
Max. speed: 55km/h(can be restricted below 40km/h)
Max. climbing capability: 13 degrees
Min.turning diameter: 4.6m
Braking distance: within 6m
Running distance: 130km
Charging time: within 10h
Speed control: pedal control /automatic

(Source: http://www.asia.ru/ProductInfo/823795.html)


Sole Agent in Sri Lanka

Ecowheels (pvt) Ltd,

1003/2, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla.


Tel -


Solar Domestic Water Heating Systems - In Sri Lanka





GreenEarth Solution


Solar power is good solution to obtain hot water for your individual or family requirements. It saves our electricity bill and it can be considered as one of most applicable green solution for hot water requirement. In Sri Lanka we can obtain these product and maintenance @ affordable prices.




Alpha Thermal System (pvt) Ltd. (www.solartherm.lk)


121, Castle Street,

Colombo 08

Sri Lanka.



+94 11 267 9944

+94 11 267 0544

+94 11 4615616

+94 11 4615617


Facsimile -

+94 11 267 9945





GreenEarth Solutions

Green Earth Renewable (pvt) Ltd. (www.greenearth.lk)

No. 49/1, Railway Avenue,









Solar Power Solutions in Sri Lanka from Lorentz

A solar power solution providing Germany based company provide total solutions on solar power systems in Sri Lanka.

  • Solar Power Community water supply
  • Solar powered swimming pool pumps
  • Solar panel sun tracking systems

Are some of their product which is marketed and serviced by Sri Lankan company, E. B. Creasy & Co. PLC. 


 solar A Solar Water Pump


solar tracking system  A solar tracking system


suncentricp A Solar Pool Pump



Contacts for purchasing and information

Sri Lanka -

E. B. Creasy & Co. PLC.

98, Sri Sangaraja Road, Colombo 10,

Tel - +940112478806, +940777915040, +940772519787




Headquarter Germany

Heidekoppel 16
24558 Henstedt-Ulzburg

Tel. +(0)4193 7548-0
Fax +(0)4193 7548-29

Web- http://www.lorentz.de

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What is NaNo Technology?


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      WoW ..... A great technology which is changing present world and will make all future happens one day. What is nano technology, it is the science that involve in manufacturing materials, devices and machines at the nanometer, or atomic/molecular, scale. The word nano came from Greek word for “dwarf”. It means one billionth. Can you imagne that 1 nanometer is the length of three atoms.  When scientists work with this range of things, they are called nano technologists.

      There are two mechanism to manufacture nano scale products.  "Top Down" and "Bottom Up" are that two major mechanisms. In Top Down mechanism building something by starting with a larger component and carving away material (like a sculpture).Example: patterning (using photolithography) and etching away material, as in building integrated circuits.

      “Bottom-up” – building something by assembling smaller components (like building a car engine).Example: self-assembly of atoms and molecules, as in chemical and biological systems.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Green Jobs - Future for Green Hopes

UN report, 'Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World', was commissioned and funded by the UN's Environment Programme says there will be millions of green jobs by 2030. Presently there are about million people working on biofuels and according to the above report it will raise upto 12 million by 2030. These green jobs will basically focus on shifting between crude oil based product to solar, biofules, wind ... etc. It will also focus on expansion of recycling and making environmentally friendly vehicles.

1332_ren A simple break down of jobs

BioFules - 12 million

Manufacture, installation and maintenance of solar panels  - 6.3 million

Wind power - 2 million

People presently work hard on green technology research will have bright future and I think present scenario in computer and mobile gadget will be the future situation in green technology.

Everyone will look into it and will need to add it to their life. ........ 

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I started live writer as my blog editing tool

Today I download windows live writer and installed in my PC to write my blog is very attractive way. It is awesome tool and I found it very compatible with editing, inserting hyperlinks - Pictures - Tables - Maps - Videos .... etc. 

live writer 


This is a preview of the WYSIWYG type blog post editing tool. Actually great web tool over Internet.

It has many features and just like editing and writing a word document. We can add many web blogs into one editor and write them separate.  

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Polymer Engineering
Nano Technology

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bill Gates enters into green fuel industry

Software industry giant Bill Gates has invested in Sapphire Energy, a company that intends to make auto fuel from algae. The Sapphire Energy is funded by Investors include Gates' investment firm Cascade Investment, as well as Arch Venture Partners, Wellcome Trust, and Venrock and they have raised their fund upto 100 million $.

Making fuel using algae is a bright way of researching on extracting fuel as it rich in oil and can grow in wide range of environmental conditions.

Sapphire Energy which is based in San Diego has successful to produce 91 octane gasoline from algae. The recent investments will help the company to scale up their facilities to produce 10000 barrels a day and run in commercial scale.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Golden Quote from Bill Gates

"If you born poor thats not your mistake, but if you die poor that is definitely you mistake - Bill Gates"

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The richest man in babylon

Recenlty I brought Dr. Priyanga de Soyza's Mokvana book. It is a personal development guiding book, but in extra ordinary approach. When I go thorough that book quickly (I did not found leisure time to read that book totally concentrate manner)I found some pages about book "The richest man in babylon" which is written by George S. Calson.

This is a book which describe the science of most of wealthiest countries, nations and people. I wish to read both of this books end of this hard working week days.

MSc in Sustainable Process Development

Department of chemical and process engineering, University of Moratuwa is delivering a Master of Science in Sustainable Process Development.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Her Week With Out Water

Good practical lesson for people to understand the value of water

Sunday, August 24, 2008

No Plug - No Deal

Electric vehicles are one of best alternatives for petroleum price hike. If the barrier for popularization of it, is unavailability of charging stations; this is the solution.

Sustainability of Carbon Credit Trading

We can simply describe the "Carbon Credit Trading" the newest global social business as follows.

"It is a deal to reduce greenhouse gases that cause dangerous climate change, major polluters can now buy carbon credits that allow them to pay someone else to reduce emissions instead of cutting their own pollution."

According to this method an industrialist in Scotland in oil industry will pay a so called green business in Brazil. But do you ever think about people in the vicinity of both projects.

Following story is such an occasion. This is a story which shows an another view of "Carbon Credit Trading"

Read it and Watch the Video

Team Work... worth to take a print out and paste on your room

It is worthwhile to paste some informative posters on your office room, site room or in work place. Because it will help a visitor not to waste his or her time once he or she got a chance to meet you. This picture is worth for taking a print out and paste on your walls.

Safety @ work place presentation

This presentation will be a wonderful tool to start your presentation sessions on work place safety. As engineers we have to increase the awareness of people working with us. So this presentation will be very helpful to impress the audience on the subject.

Down Load

You can freely download this presentation

What is Love? & What is Marrage?

This story is extracted from my mail box and I thought that it is nice to share with my readers.

What is Love?

A student asks a teacher: What is love?

The teacher said: in order to answer your question, go to the paddy field and choose the biggest paddy and come back.

But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick.

The student went to the field, go thru first row, he saw one big paddy, but he wonders....may be there is a bigger one later. Then he saw another bigger one... but may be there is an even bigger one waiting for him.
Later, when he finished more than half of the paddy field, he start to realize that the paddy is not as big as the previous one he saw, he know he has missed the biggest one, and he regretted. So, he ended up went back to the teacher with empty hand.
The teacher told him, this is love... you keep looking for a better one, but when later you realize, you have already miss the person

What is Marrage?

The student asked: What is marriage then?

The teacher said: In order to answer your question, go to the corn field and choose the biggest corn and come back.

But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick.

The student went to the corn field, this time he is careful not to repeat the previous mistake, when he reach the middle of the field, he has picked one medium corn that he feel satisfied, and came back to the teacher.
The teacher told him, this time you bring back a corn.... you look for one that is just nice, and you have faith and believe this is the best one you get.... this is marriage.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Innovation, the key to face “GSP + challenge”

The apparel industry is one of leading export revenue earner and it is employing over 300000 people and majority of them from rural community. The Sri Lankan apparel giant MAS Holdings is itself employing 45000 people. Apparel industry can be considered as one of women empowering mechanism due to high female worker involvement. It is employing over 80 % women in various positions and this can be considered as a good option to empower women. Recently I read a “MAS women go beyond” project magazine and it shows how apparel industry has helped them to go beyond their challenges.

However, the apparel industry is facing a big challenge these days. In the end of this year EU will take a crucial decision over GSP + benefits by referring outstanding human right reports of government of Sri Lanka, report of the international Group of Eminent persons and many human right documentations. These reports will be key parameters of evaluation process of renewing GSP + benefits. The GSP + benefits are crucial for development and continuity of apparel industry. Unfortunately above parameters are not under control of apparel industry.

However in the end of this year we must be in a position to accept the decision of EU on GSP + benefits whatever it will be positive or negative. Increasing strength and identifying opportunities are the best way to over come challenges of corporate sector. Increasing profit margins with innovative steps will reduce the effect of any kind of challenge.

Innovations in production, planning, finance, marketing, enterprise resource handling, sourcing and many more key areas will enhance the strength of industry to face any kind of challenge including GSP plus. As an independent nation we can not except subsidies forever from developed nations because they often use that as a tool to control developing nations.

So it is time optimize our apparel industry in order to face any global challenge. We must develop our industry in every dimension. This kind of multi dimensional approach towards development of industry with dramatically reduces cost of production. Through less cost of production, we can go to international market with more competitive prices. If we can embed unique quality and tag reasonable price on our product; any kind of barriers will not affect the industry.

We do not want to worry about uncontrollable parameters. Apparel industrialists or employees are not responsible or not in a position to control and maintain human rights in Sri Lanka. However, control over apparel process is on their hand. Quality and cost of production is in their control.

A sustainable human resource policy, waste minimization, operational time reductions, eliminating non-value adding functions, new production technologies, improved and in built quality are some of key areas to increase quality and reduce cost of production.

One of leading apparel industry in Sri Lanka, MAS holdings produces 300 million garments products per annum. Can you think about the effect of a cost reduction of one rupee on every product through multi dimensional approach? It will save 300 million rupees for company. It will lead the company into a sustainable and strong business environment. Normally an apparel company consists of various divisions to produce complete garments. So a few cents saving per each unit in each department will finally end up with rupee or more cost reduction per each unit. . Any industry can do such thing and achieve unbelievable cost reduction. We can take Toyota’s Camry 600 $ reduction effort which ended up in 800 $ cost saving per each unit as an example.

To Be continued ...........................

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I have selected to 2008 AICHE conference

I have been selected to do a presentation on "Web 2.0 applications in chemical engineering on 2008 annual conference of AICHE "


As regulations of AICHE they generally, does NOT pay for speakers to appear, or for their travel costs. So I have to arrange them and go for presentation. I will do my maximum to find out a sponsor. I decided to ask sponsorship from our department and several leading companies of Sri Lanka

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Our department move to new loaction

With effort of many years of our academic staff, students and non academic staff Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Moratuwa was able to win a new center of chemical engineering, a state of art building from IRQUE project. Congratulations!!!!!!

With this state of art facility, I think quality of DCPE curricular will improve dramatically. We looses many of our potentials due to lack of facilities. I think with IRQUE funds our department will reach the top rank of our university. I hope it will become a key institute in Asia if we continue our effort forever.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sharing Knowledge and exposing to Web

We are in Department of Chemical Engineering University of Moratuwa doing great academic and industrial research projects. We have our own limitations with financial support comparing to some foreign university research budgets. But we are doing our best to deliver our professional works to world.

But sharing student and there research information is lacking. Today world is getting closing and we can share information with people anywhere in world. WWW is great innovation in previous century and it is becoming stronger in this century. In 1990s .com boom explore the business potential of WWW. Before 1990s scientist established proper way to share research information among each other.

Let us found out way to share our information at least now. I know there is academic paper publications, conferences and many more tools to share our research activities. But why we go behind them and waiting their approval for publishing them. They can reject our whole research publication because of single grammatical mistake or spelling mistake. But according to my view we do not mind about petty mistake and allow that idea to play major role in Industry.

As example if a student come up with proper alternative system. We need such ideas with out any delay and make them to happen in industry. I think rather going behind foreign scientists to approve our research papers we can share it among each other and come up with industrial scale solutions.

I think building up chemical engineers’ network on web as alternative to break barriers in information sharing. I have build up chemical engineers’ network and it contains more than 200 chemical engineers and we can share our research and industrial knowledge among each other.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Guru Upahara

Today we pay our great gratitude for our dearest lecture panel because we are about to leave our department. From 2nd of June we will finish our 4 year long journey. Iran Watapotha presented very emotional speech on behalf of every student. I could not explain my feelings when he talked about our great relationship in between lectures and students. The relationship between student and lecturers are very unique and I suggest our university community to imitate our relationship model.

We have very talented and young lecture panel; with foreign industrial and academic exposure. They delivered their maximum performance to educate and guide us to become a graduate with strong academic background. We realized their wisdom which they gradually gain in their higher studies while listing them in lecture hours. Actually it is more than enough and it is their duty as lectures. But they did not stop on that point. They work further to enhance our quality and relevance to industrial world.

We can be proud of our lecture panel. Not because of that they are from world top universities. Not because of their wealth and fleet of brand new cars. But because of their generosity, humanity and actual dedication towards us.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Our Bacth Mates infront of New Building

Photo credit: Asela de Silva
Design by : Bathiya Wijesekara

we do not want to do financial analysis when we see dreams

In 1897 a Canadian-born chemist Herbert Henry Dow extracted bromine from brine solution using his newly find out method. Initially the company depended on bleach and potassium bromide which were extracted. But now Dow Chemical is operating with seven major operating segments.

In 2007

It was a company with

Revenue = ▲$53.513 Billion USD (2007)

Net income = ▲$2.887 Billion USD (2007) [This is equal to a half of Sri Lankan export earning]

Employees 46,000 (2007)

In every Sri Lankan Salterns brine solution is pumped back to ocean. But it is very valuable input for chemical industry and we are neglecting a huge profit making potential. Brine is electrolyzed in the chloralkali process to make sodium hydroxide, chlorine and hydrogen, as well as the hypochlorite and chlorate salts on an industrial scale.

You can imagine the wealth we can earn with this chemicals using following figures

Sodium Hydroxide –

50lb Bag of Sodium Hydroxide PELS can be sell in range of 94 $ (usd) [ aprox :Rs 9600]

55lb Bag of Sodium Hydroxide Flake can be sell in range of 103 $ (usd) [ aprox :Rs 10400]

Chlorine can be sold at $220 to $240 per ton

Hydrogen @ $2.60/kg [This is quite old data]

I know chemical business is not a simple one. We need complex market analysis and ecomomic analysis in feasibility study.

“But we do not want to do financial analysis when we see dreams.” This is the answer which were given to one of our student by Indian professor. That student ask about financial feasibility of biogas system.

Monday, May 26, 2008

14 Toyota Way Principles

Principle 1.

Base your management decisions on a long-term philosophy, even at the expense of short-term financial goals.

Principle 2.

Create continuous process flow to bring problems to the surface.

Principle 3.

Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction.

Principle 4.

Level out the workload (heijunka). (Work like the tortoise, not the hare.)

Principle 5.

Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right the first time.

Principle 6.

Standardized tasks are the foundation for continuous improvement and employee empowerment.

Principle 7.

Use visual control so no problems are hidden.

Principle 8.

Use only reliable, thoroughly tested technology that serves your people and processes.

Principle 9.

Grow leaders who thoroughly understand the work, live the philosophy, and teach it to others.

Principle 10.

Develop exceptional people and teams who follow your company’s philosophy.

Principle 11.

Respect your extended network of partners and suppliers by challenging them and helping them improve.

Principle 12.

Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation (genchi genbutsu).

Principle 13.

Make decisions slowly by consensus, thoroughly considering all options; implement decisions rapidly (nemawashi).

Principle 14.

Become a learning organization through relentless reflection (hansei) and continuous improvement (kaizen).

Read an executive summery on 14 ways of Toyota Way

Mind Map on Global Warming

I found some interesting mind map on Global Warming.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

MAS ECO-Friendly Plant

MAS holding has initiated eco friendly manufacturing facility in order to save environment in very sustainable way. This eco-plant belongs to MAS Intimates cluster and it has following features to be environmental friendly.

  • The biggest installation of solar panels to date in Sri Lanka, which will provide around 10% of the total electricity required for the plant.
  • The remaining electricity will be mini-hydro, sourced through a green power agreement
  • The use of extensive daylight to help light the premises
  • Energy efficient lighting and LED based task lights reduce the energy used for lighting
  • Low energy cooling systems to replace air conditioning in addition to other cooling measures such as green roofs (roof with vegetation on top), cool roofs (roof with high solar reflectivity), and strategically positioned courtyards with wide arrays of greenbelts to cool the micro climate
  • The use of eco bricks in construction to help maintain a cool interior

Read More about MAS holdings

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