Akil Electronics Systems is a proprietorship firm, renowned as a prominent manufacturer, exporter, importer and retailer of a comprehensive range of high voltage testing equipment, automatic controller. Kamarajan Jagadeesan, Proprietor, Akil Electronics gives a glimpse of company, its products applications, opportunities generated due to momentum in renewable energy in an interaction with Electrical India.
How has been the journey so far?
We manufactured our first partial discharge detector in the year of 2001. It was very difficult to compete with the multi-national companies who had established themselves very well then. The mindset of Indian customers could not accept the fact that Indian companies can design and manufacture a good product. It is very sad to note that certain Indian power utility companies and even the government owned agencies insist that their suppliers should use certain specific brands of test equipment imported from other countries. It is the kind of attitude one has to face in our country which hurts the industry and economy.
We worked really hard to establish our product against many odds and today we have the largest installation of partial discharge detectors and high voltage test equipment with more than 400 customers. We have launched our products in European markets at the Hannover (Germany) Messe in April, 2019 and the response was excellent.
What are the PD measurement products from Akil Electronics Systems?
We have different types of PD measuring systems for laboratory and onsite testing. Our PD detector Model-PDC13 is one of the most advanced PD measuring system ever made by an Indian company. This has a very powerful measurement and analysis software meeting IEC standards.
We also manufacture PD free high voltage testing transformers up to 800 KV. The other important product is the PD test set up for voltage transformers at higher frequencies. We offer complete solution for any type of PD measurement.
What are its applications?
These are used for the routine and type testing of high voltage equipment like power transformers, CT & PT, lightning arresters, power cables, GIS, switchgears and rotating machines. They are also used for onsite condition monitoring of HV equipment. Partial Discharge monitoring together with Tan Delta measurement is one of the best methods to find out deterioration of insulation for the HV equipment in service.
As the renewable energy is gaining momentum, how do you look at the scope for your business?
The future is renewable energy. There will be a massive change in the way we generate, transmit and distribute power. The conventional methods would be obsolete and the recent innovations and developments in this area promise clean energy at affordable cost. We are hopeful of adapting to the new demands and our business will definitely grow with the energy sector.
What are the new products in pipeline?
We have developed advanced online monitoring systems for the partial discharge and Tan Delta measurement. We will be launching them in the market soon. Another important development is the sophisticated high voltage measuring system with very high accuracy and linearity up to 1000 KV with a suitable HV divider.
What kind of growth do you envisage for your company for the next three to four years?
Being a capital equipment manufacturer, we do not see very high growth or demand. We have built a new facility to manufacture high voltage testing equipment where all our products will be manufactured at a single facility. We do hope to gain more customers abroad as part of our expansion plans in Europe and other western countries.