Vishwas Power Engg Systems bags contract for supply of Traction Transformers to Railways against bigger players!

NAGPUR: Vishwas Power Engineering Systems Pvt Ltd, a medium scale enterprise from city, has bagged a contract to supply traction transformers to the Indian Railways. The company, which has a turnover of around Rs 25 crore, competed with major corporates dominating the segment and emerged as lowest bidder in a tender held recently.

The company was founded in 1996 and has its unit at Butibori industrial estate of MIDC. Promoters of Vishwas Power claim it is the first midsize company to be manufacturing transformers for the railways, meeting its stringent norms. The company’s transformers were quoted at Rs 2 crore each against the price range of Rs 2.75 crore to Rs 3 crore quoted by others, Sudhir Tapikar, Senior Marketing Manager of Vishwas Power told, “we have got a contract of Rs 13 crore in all for erecting an electricity sub-station under Bhusawal Division of Central Railway. Out of this, Rs 4 crore is for the traction transformers.”

The company could meet all the stringent parameters set by the railways. The product made by the company has now got seal of approval from the railways. This means Vishwas Power can now further bid for supplying its own transformers,” he said.

Vishwas Power has got other assignments of erecting substations for the railways too. Prior to this, the transformers were procured separately by the railways and provided to the company only for installation.

Tapikar said, “the transformer market is dominated by big players, especially companies having turnover running into Rs 2-3,000 crore. Vishwas Power is a much smaller company compared to them. Yet, it could not only meet the design specifications of the railways but also quote a much competitive rate.”

Traction transformers are key for running electric locomotives. The power supply to the engine is through the transformer which is part of the substation. “If the equipment is defective, power supply can be affected disrupting the rail movement,” he said.

Along electrified railway lines, there are traction substations every 40 kms or so. Under the current assignment, existing sub-stations will be upgraded by Vishwas Power.

About the Company:

M/s Vishvas Power Engineering. Services Pvt. Ltd. was incorporated at Nagpur in 1995-96 with a vision to render specialized services in HT Switchgears & transformers. Founder members – directors & promoters of the company had a rich experience with a reputed OEM Crompton Greaves Ltd. and this experience was sharpened to convert into expertise by the Directors. All directors are electrical engineers and had direct exposure to work areas such as Quality Assurance, testing-commissioning, After sales services. They also had an indepth experience in servicing of these products prior foundation of Company.

Initial Exposures of Company :

Based on expertise of promoters – directors Company could get an opportunity to carry out overhauling of 100 MVA & 250 MVA capacity transformers in the initial stages. This work exposure was adequate enough to carry out all needed refinements and investments to become an equivalent or better company in the fields of services & overhauling of power transformers in comparison with existing OEMs.

Unique Approach of Company :

Business scenario in India during 95-96 was that OEMS were not having dedicated departments to render additional services such as overhauling, dryout of power transformers. Technical ability of any OEM was not the issue but desire to take up this business was not there due to many reasons. M/s Vishvas Power Engg. Services Pvt. Ltd. took a right benefit of this vacuum in the field and put themselves to become a most preferred company rendering services for power transformer overhauling-reconditioning and repairs to the extent where facilities were available. Giving solutions to customer at his doorstep was the business idea continuously keeping company on track and making themselves better day by day.

Actual uniqueness of company was in approach of sharing experiences and educating customers where it was needed. The Company had already adopted transparent TQM approach in all work areas and they never considered it as a problem to educate customers or share experiences.

Company today have carried out more than 100 No. of interactive seminars discussing issues of customers about power transformers and sharing their experience and information with customers & end users of the product.

Incorporation :

By year 2000, Company was more known for its contribution in the field of giving services of overhauling-reconditioning of power transformers. Business focus mainly shifted to power transformers while contribution in the field of switchgears reduced. At par status with existing OEM’s was also achieved in these services business by this time.

Business Focus :

M/s Vishvas Power Engg. Services Pvt. Ltd. has overhauled more than 350 no. power transformers today ranging from 10 MVA- 315 MVA and majority in 132 KV – 400 KV. A brief statistics can display company’s experience & expertise in the field of overhauling & reconditioning of power transformers.

Brief Statistics about Experience
132 KV upto 25 MVA Substation Trs 50 No.
220 & 132 KV 30 to 50 MVA Stn. Trs. 1 CT, Grid Trs. 25 No.
220 KV 100 MVA Auto Transformers 40 No.
220 KV 200/250 MVA Generator Transformers 60 No.
400 KV 250 MVA/315 MVA Generator Transformers 20 No.
15.75/6.9 KV Unit Auxillary Transformers 30 No.

Strength :

Company’s strength is in the habit of continuous improvements. This has been made a drive and more of a habit to review operations and carry out improvement. Promoters-directors are today identified as experts in the field. A team of dedicated supervisors, engineers & workmen with a very solid bond between director’s & themselves is also a strength of Company. Due to dedication level of actual workmen & Supervisors, customers are at mental comfort during the period when work is carried out in their premises.

Repositioning of Business :

Company directors have a close rapport with end users. By year 2005-06 it was being realized by directors that company needs an infrastructure to manufacture windings and repair transformers at factory or at sit. as the case may be. Considering already existing boom in the industry some outsourcing from OEM was also possible. These factors made the directors to reposition the business to the concept of providing of TOTAL SOLUTIONS on Power Transformers. This new vision and actual investment lead to establishment of a New repairs unit at Nagpur by Jan 2007. Initial capacity was focused at 132 KV 50 MVA with a clear vision to make the unit capable to repair transformers upto 220 KV, 250 MVA by year 2010.