Fluid Controls Private Limited was established in 1974 by Dr. Y.E. Moochhala, a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, the USA with a vision to deliver high quality & high-performance products which delight customers. With more than 45 years of experience in engineering connections, the company offers customers across industries end-to-end “Make in India” solutions for various applications – from design & engineering services to supply of high-performance products.
Fluid Controls offers clients a complete range of instrumentation erection hardware, ranging from instrumentation fittings, valves, manifolds and air headers to DIN pipe clamps, SAE flanges and condensate pots. Fluid Controls is a premier supplier to onshore and off-shore oil & gas installations, process and power plants, the defence industry, critical applications for nuclear plants, and brake piping applications for rail and metro. Fluid Controls is approved by all major Indian OEM’s such as ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, NTPC, BHEL, NPCIL and railway OEM’s. Their international customers are located in North America, Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.
Dr. Tansen Chaudhari, who is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Fluid Controls Private Limited since 2011, shares his insights about the company and its plans for the future.
Dr. Tansen Chaudhari has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay. He has over 20 years of rich experience in Research & Development as well as Enterprise Sales, P&L and General Management. His experience speaks volumes about his professional expertise. He had a stint in the US at the GE (General Electric) Global Research and management roles with GE Business. He also has 5 US patents to his credit and has published 20+ papers in international journals. Besides, he is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and DFSS Black Belt. Dr. Chaudhari is also a Board-of-Studies member at various Engineering Colleges and Business Schools and is a visiting faculty at many institutes, to name few Government College of Engineering Pune and Jalgaon, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management (SIOM), and Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT), Vishakarma Institute of Information Technology (VIIT). Under his guidance, Fluid Controls has received several technical and innovation awards, including the CII Industrial Innovation Award for Medium Scale Manufacturing Organization and recognition as one of the top 25 Innovative companies.Dr. Chaudhari has been the leader of Fluid Controls’ CSR initiatives and has been associated with various NGOs supporting their work towards community welfare.
Inspiration behind Association with Fluid Controls
Dr. Tansen Chaudhari shared his opinions regarding his inspiration to join Fluid Controls Private Limited. He told that since Fluid Controls was founded in 1974, it was involved in original R&D with the philosophy of creating high-quality products which are native replacements of imported goods. Dr. Y.E. Moochhala, the founder of Fluid Controls left his career in the US and returned India for founding the Fluid Controls. He was of opinion for making India self-reliant. He was strongly committed to creating high-quality, high-performance products that meet all local climatic and performance expectations.
For Dr. Chaudhari, the beliefs of Dr. Moochhala easily resonated with his attitude and background of doing original research. This inspired him to join Fluid Controls in the year 2011 since then they have developed more than 25 new products. Product design and development with performance testing acts as an inspiration to any business which was with Fluid Controls as well.
Initial Challenges Undertaken while Operating Fluid Controls
Being Chief Operating Officer at Fluid Controls, Dr. Tansen Chaudhari was a leading officer of the company. Initially, the primary aim of company was to develop new products along with existing people and other allied resources such as software, testing machines, etc.
Soon as the turn-around in products and business happened, Dr. Chaudhari was able to focus on building the capabilities – the right people along with robust processes. He primarily focused on the People-Process-Product cycle for better growth of the company. The other challenge he faced was customer acceptance as they used to offer a local product whereas many companies preferred to purchase imported legacy brands.
Key Integral Core Values behind Success
Integrity, Innovation, and Reliability (I2R) are the core values of Fluid Controls Private Limited. These values are instilled in the employees, and hence the company’s products. His team at Fluid Controls has challenged themselves with every product they develop and offer. He created a unique model of operations along with Research & Development and has kept them ahead of the competition and the State-of-the-Art manufacturing facility and Test Lab has helped to exceed customer expectations. He believes that the vision of the founder, Dr. Y. E. Moochhala, the leadership of the Managing Director Sophie Moochhala and the team leaders have played a key role in keeping Fluid Controls ahead in the business segment and making a mark in the customer’s heart!
Future Vision for Fluid Controls in Upcoming Years
Dr. Tansen Chaudhari told that over the years, Fluid Controls has built comprehensive expertise for manufacturing, by identifying the right materials and ensuring “fit and forget” assembly. His plans rest on three pillars. Firstly, continue to develop new products and services. Secondly, build on their strength in the rail and metro business and tap into the brake piping business for the emerging high-speed train operations and global supplies to Europe, North America, and SE Asia. Thirdly, build a global business, especially in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia.
Journey as Chief Operating Officer at Fluid Controls
Dr. Tansen Chaudhari describes his journey at Fluid Controls engaging and full of learnings. He had joined Fluid Controls as an employee in the year 2011, and now he is a shareholder in the company as well. This clearly indicates the sign of great professionalism he showed in the company for earning trust of Board of Directors of company. His winning team under the directions of Managing Director Ms. Sophie Moochhala has made Fluid Controls to grow ten times during last nine years.
Having learned many lessons globally in his previous assignments, his role at Fluid Controls helped him to apply his previous learnings in reality. Indeed, his journey with the Fluid Controls indicates a message for others – that with a commitment, anyone can make a drop into an ocean.
Impending Goals in Forthcoming Years
“Personally, I am a contented person. The Blessings of my Parents, Family, Teachers, Mentors, and Friends are sufficient for me. In fact, I believe “low aim is a crime” for professional growth.”, says Dr. Tansen Chaudhari commenting on his beliefs on personal & professional growth.
Dr. Chaudhari’s aim is to expand the Fluid Controls footprint globally. Currently, they have a manufacturing tie-up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and would like to have one or two more such tie-ups geographically. He would also like to tie up with one or two Global Universities, and Fund a Research Project for Fluid Controls.
Gentle Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Dr. Chaudhari advises, “What gets measured is done!”. So, one has to be focused. Do keep faith in yourself. Hard work is the mantra to success. Do not opt for short cuts. Effort and luck have to be together to be successful – we do not control luck, so we must control our efforts! Spirituality helps us to remain grounded. Sound Health is necessary for hard work. Keep connected to everyone, networking is the key. Neither under-estimate nor over-estimate yourself. Integrity is everything!