IT Kanpur Students Design Utilitarian Dental Chair

Setting up a dental practice for graduating dentists in India can be daunting because of the cost of equipment – particularly the chair which can cost from $1500 to $7500.

However, three students of the Indian Institute of Technology, in Kanpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have come up with a solution. Amit Kundal, Mohit Tewari and Shiva Kumar M., who were part of the Design Department at the institute were picked on the basis of an interview conducted at Stanford University. Mentored by Larry Liefer, a professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford, and working with four students from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana University of Bogota, Columbia who were their external academic partners, the team designed ‘Flux‘, a dentist’s chair that is currently undergoing clinical trials. If it makes it to the market it could be available to dentists for $300!

Flux  Prototype

Flux Prototype

  • The features of Flux include:
  • Light weight
  • Occupies less space
  • An adjustable neck rest
  • Speakers for playing music
  • Movable instrument trolley that stays with the dentist

“We wanted to make sure that the primary functions of the chair were not hampered. We were focusing on an incremental innovation rather than a radical innovation so that it can be easily adopted by the users,” Amit Kundal, the leader of the team, told ScoopWhoop.

The students managed to bring down the cost considerably thanks to the use of less material, local manufacturing, and reducing the size of the big light that is used by the dentist. They’re hoping that the lower cost and size of the chair will mean that dental care will be more widely available to rural areas in the country.

February 13, 2016   No Comments

IDenta Is Supplying Detectors to India

Jerusalem, Israel-based IDenta Corporation, the international drug and explosives-detection company, has supplied detectors to India, reports Bloomberg Business.

CEO Yaacov Shoham said, “Every year before the end of the financial year (March 31 in India) IDenta Corp. participates through the local representative company Technomaxx in different tenders related to IDenta’s different products. This year IDenta is participating in 6 large tenders.

“The total number of kits for four already known tenders from the states of Hyderabad, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra are:

•    Drugs detectors: 18,000
•    Explosive detectors: 9,000
•    BTK (Bullet-hole Testing Kits): 151

IDENTA For Explosives

“Many of India’s agencies have been using IDenta’s different detectors since 2008, but this year the orders are significantly larger. India’s market is a main target for IDenta in 2016. IDenta is looking to enlarge the India penetration, including the unique IDenta Sniffer.”

January 17, 2016   No Comments

Ikea to Operate 25 Stores in India

The Swedish home furnishings company IKEA has announced a long term plan to open 25 stores in the country at a cost of $80 million per store. In July this year the company bought land in Hyderabad in south India for its maiden store.

Business Standard reports that IKEA has signed a memorandum of understanding with various state governments in India: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra for its stores to be located in these states.

IKEA in India

“Our priority is to find the right locations for our stores, to increase our supplier base, and establish long-term relations with the authorities and other important partners. In the first phase we are looking at establishing IKEA stores in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad,” a company spokesperson told Business Standard in reply to an emailed questionnaire.

October 12, 2015   No Comments

Cargill Grows its Feed Business in India

Cargill India started sales of its animal feed product in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh only last year, and has surpassed its target by almost 40%.

“After starting our animal feed business in Uttar Pradesh, we had clocked average monthly sales of 250 tons against our initial target of 180 tons,” Cargill India Private Limited chairman Siraj A. Chaudhry told Business Standard. “Since Uttar Pradesh is predominantly agrarian, it has large untapped potential in dairy and poultry sectors. Besides, agro processing industries are needed to cut down on wastage and pilferage in the post-harvest phase,” he emphasized. Cargill is engaging with farmers through interactions, visits and education to win their trust and introduce them to the organized animal feed space, he said.

Cargill - Animal Nutrition

Cargill – Animal Nutrition

Currently the company has 70 distributors in the western part of the state, and it plans to expand its reach to the eastern and central regions of the state as well to realize its target of 600 tons.

The company has a dairy feed plant in the state of Punjab, which together with neighboring state Haryana constitute the largest markets for Cargill India at present.

May 20, 2015   No Comments

U.S. and India Collaborate on Urban Transportation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Transportation with India’s Minister of Road Transport and Highways, and of Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. Minister Gadkari signed the MOC on behalf of the Indian Government, which will establish a Transportation Partnership among the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Indian Ministries of Railways; Road Transport and Highways; Shipping; and Urban Development.

The two sides focused on cooperation on the transportation elements of smart cities including efficient public transportation systems, Intelligent Transport Systems, Traffic Information and Control, multimodal integration and capacity building and training in the field of urban transportation. These elements will be coordinated through an inter-ministerial working group and include areas such as intelligent transportation systems, multi-modal planning, livability, safety, and infrastructure financing.

M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development, reported that Task Forces have been constituted for the promotion of smart transportation in the Indian cities of Allahabad in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Ajmer in the western state of Rajasthan, and Visakhapatnam in the eastern state of Andhra Pradesh in association with United States Trade Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

April 30, 2015   No Comments