Indian Transformer Manufacturers Association [ITMA] a national association was established in 1979 with the objective of promoting the interest of manufacturers of Electrical Transformers and its Allied equipment's to voice the problems of the Industry with the Government of India and its PSUs viz CEA, REC, PFC, BEE, BIS, PGCIL, NTPC, NHPC, BBMB, NEEPCO, NPTI, DVC, CPRI,ERDA, NPTI State Governments, State Electricity Boards, Utilities and Power Companies in the business of Generation, Transmission & Distribution of electricity. Indian Transformer Manufacturers Association (ITMA) has in its fold about 250 members located in various states of India and represents the maximum production capacity of power/distribution transformers in the country with leading transformer manufacturers on its rolls.
ITMA endeavors to disseminate relevant information to members from time to time and renders such help to the industry as would contribute and augment the present power system and through it national growth besides organizing conferences/seminars at national and International level for discussion / exchange of latest technical knowhow for introduction and induction in the industry.
ITMA seeks solution of all Technical & Commercial problems of members with the help of appropriate authorities so as to enable them to conduct their business with absolute confidence. Members are kept informed about important decision on Foreign Trade, Banking and Finance, Company Laws & Taxation, Industrial Technology, Joint commission of other countries on relevant matters obtained from various sources. Besides, keeping a track of latest developments in Transformer Technology & Quality Assurance worldwide.
The objective of Indian Transformer Manufacturers Association (ITMA) is to promote the voice and problems faced by the transformer manufacturers and its allied industries with all the relevant authorities for redressal to the satisfaction of the members and the transformer industry/power sector at large.
ITMA is pleased to inform you that it has taken up and finalized the following major current activities in the interest of transformer industry and power sector at large in past. However, the detailed expression of all activities have been uploaded in ITMA website.
Some ITMA’s Highlights
Distribution Transformer losses were rationalized for rating 6.3 KVA to 2500 KVA 3 phase at 11 KV level together with 5 KVA to 25 KVA at 11 KV single phase, besides losses for three phase distribution transformers of rating 250 KVA to 2500KVA at 22KV and 33KV level.
These losses after having consensus were forwarded to BIS and got included in the fourth revision of IS 1180/1989 part l &ll for DTs, as energy efficiency level1, level 2 & level 3 corresponding to BEE’s Star rating 3,4 &5 respectively up to 2500 KVA ratings in the revised IS:1180 (part-I)/2014 effective from 19th July 2014.
After consistent follow up, Ministry of Power issued directions to CMDs of REC & PFC and also Heads of State Utilities, not to release funds if the utilities are not purchasing and using energy efficient star rated distribution transformers for the Government funded/sponsored projects, in order to discourage the purchase of non-star rated distribution transformers by the utilities in contravention to the notification of BEE and CEA for use of Star Rated Energy Efficient Distribuytion Transformers.
Persuaded, MoS to take action, to stop the import of non-prime, seconds/used CRGO in the country and consequent to this, a second Quality Control Order dated 12th March 2012 for Steel and Steel products including CRGO as per IS 3024 was issued by Ministry of Steel mandating import of only BIS certified/marked prime CRGO in the country to ensure quality, of the material, despite the opposition from various vested interest / associations. A case was also filed in the Delhi High Court for quashing the quality control order dated 12th March 2012 for one of the items i.e. Electrical Steel (CRGO) which has now been withdrawn by the unscrupulous elements from the Delhi High Cort.
Further Ministry of Steel was approached to issue directions to customs/Department of Revenue for stopping the import of spurious material in SEZs . Besides MOS was also requested to allow the import of the prime material through the subsidiary company of the foreign mill manufacturing CRGO who are possessing/ having the BIS licence for manufacture and supply of BIS mark CRGO material in India. Accordingly MOS issued directions vide letter No. D.O. No. 1(1)2014-TW (Vol 1) dated 1st March 2016 to Jt. Secretary, Customs and this was achieved when BIS had refused at all to relax the condition of using material from the subsidiary company of the licencees thereby affording relief to small manufacturers of DTs.
Before the notification of the revised Indian Standard for DTs IS:1180 Part 1/2014 on 19th July 2014 , the DTs were already under BEE’s star and labeling programme for star rated energy efficiency for star 1 to 5. Through a Quality Control Order on Electrical Transformers dated 7th May 2015 issued by DHI which is effective from 1st February 2016, mandating BIS certification/marking of DTs resulting in two agencies i.e BEE and BIS for ensuring the quality of energy efficient DTs. Thus the Transformer manufacturers are obliged to adhere to both the Government agencies for the same requirements due to notified regulations for compliance.
ITMA had taken up this issue of duplicate testing by two Govt. Agencies for energy efficient distribution transformers at various levels, and lastly with Shri A. K. Verma, Jt. Secretary, MOP on 7th April 2016, who has agreed to look into to avoid duplicity of work by two authorities in order to afford relief to our members in respect of cost and time and even to one of the Government agencies as well.
The revised guidelines dated 30th November 2015 of BIS for certification, under electrical transformers quality control order dated 7th May 2015, mandating routine and type testing of each rating and every type of distribution transformers, has changed the concept of testing by grouping as per the earlier BIS guidelines of February 2015 thereby creating enormous work load of manufacturers and Test Houses who cannot handle the voluminous quantum of work for all licencees. ITMA has sent a detailed note after discussion with BIS to reconsider the revised guidelines so as to facilitate the manufacture and supply of DTs to utilities and customers. BIS has after detailed deliberations revised the guidelines for certification on 28th June 2016.
Regarding the complaints from our members for delay in inspections by BIS regional /Branch offices and also not properly attending to the various issues raised by our members in regional/branch offices of BIS, the matter was taken up with Central Marks Department (CMD) of BIS at Head office in Delhi, and same has been resolved by sending the directions to them from the Central Marks Department (CMD) of BIS Head Quarters. Notwithstanding ITMA is again following up with BIS and our members have also been requested to send their grievances, even though circular has been issued to our members in this regard.
Members Secretary and Chairman Technical Committee of BIS ET 16 was approached for including the internal protection system in the Indian Standard for DTs IS:1180 Part 1/2014 for protection of the DTs by having in built Internal Circuit Breaker (ICB). The same has accordingly been considered by BIS in a special meeting of ET 16 sub-group/P-11 which was convened on 4th April 2016, chaired by the Chairman ET 16 . The group agreed to have the ICB in the existing Indian Standard for DTs IS:1180 Part 1/2014 as an optional item with some testing procedure as per IEC-60076-13 (for self-protected transformer), as an annexure.
Some miscreant is using the fake letter head of Rajasthan Transformer Manufacturers Association (RTMA) and writing against ITMA to various Govt. Authorities and even to Hon’ble PM of India. On enquiry from the RTMA at Jaipur it was informed and has given in writing by the President and General Secretary of the RTM Association that they have not issued such letter, besides the letter head and signatures of the President on the letter are forged. Accordingly the clarifications were issued to all concerned by the real RTMA and ITMA . RTMA has also filed F.I.R in the Jaipur police station. Even clarifications was sought by MOS which has since been given with original copies of real RTMA for information.
Regional workshops were initiated and organized by ITMA jointly with BEE for spreading awareness amongst utilities and transformer Manufacturers on BEE’s S&L Programme, the workshops were held at New Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chandigarh (Nalagarh). In fact BEE had commended the efforts of ITMA and as a result the same practice has been adopted through MoU with ICAI for spreading awareness through seminars/ workshops on Quality Control Order on electrical transformers and Indian Standard on DT’s IS:1180 Part 1/2014 which is still being continued.
Quality Control Order issued by Department of Heavy Industries on 27th January 2014 was amended on 14th November 2014 and finally revised Quality Control Order of Distribution Transformers was issued on 7th May 2014 for mandating BIS certification/marking of Distribution Transformers upto 2500 KVA as per IS:1180 (Part 1):2014 which has come into force w.e.f. 1st February 2016. ITMA has consistently taken up with DHI for allowing the execution of the contracts/purchase orders of DTs placed by the discoms of the utilities on our members of transformer manufacturers between 5th May 2015 (date of issue of the quality control order) and 1st February 2016 (date of implementation of the quality control order) as the procurement of DTs is a continuous process for ensuring its availability for the projects and for replacement of burnt/damaged transformers for maintaining the continuity of power supply. DHI has convened a meeting of the stake holders on the issue on 18th April 2016 to resolve this issue , and agreed to extend the date of implementation to 1st February 2016.
Members are informed from time to time about important decisions on Foreign Trade, Banking and Finance, Company Law & Taxation, Tenders information price variation circulars, Price Variation Formulae, Specifications etc. Further ITMA keep’s a track of latest developments in Transformer Technology at global level for seeking knowledge for the benefit of members.
ITMA is publishing a bi-monthly journal and Monthly News Letter containing valuable articles and other information and news items for the benefit of its members which is distributed free of cost in the Power Sector Industry to all.
12th edition of ITMA Directory 2017had been printed and distributed to all the members in power sector free of cost.
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