Thursday, November 07, 2013 0 comment(s)


Integrated Water Treatment and Waste to Energy System by Using Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Aerobic Granular Sludge to Achieve High Efficiency Technology
This energy and management system is a combined system: Biogas for organic waste treatment and aerobic granular sludge. Biogas produced by organic waste treatment is converted by SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) to be electricity. The SOFC can convert biogas through internal reforming process with high efficiency conversion, comparing to conventional process such as rankine, brayton, combine-cycle, etc. We call this green spot. This system can be implemented if this is supported by the people itself. People inside ITB are encouraged to ....
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Tuesday, November 05, 2013 0 comment(s)

Aerobic Granular Sludge: The Future Wastewater Treatment Technology

The biological treatment of wastewater in the sewage treatment plant is often accomplished using conventional activated sludge systems. These systems generally require large surface areas for treatment and biomass separation units due to the generally poor settling properties of the sludge. In recent years, new technologies have been developed to improve settlability. The use of aerobic granular sludge technology is one of them.

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cell: The Next Most Efficient, Economical, And Cleanest Energy Converter For Small Power Plant

Fuel cells are an old technology. Problems have plagued their introduction. Present material science may make them a reality soon in specialized applications. The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell appears to be the most promising technology for small electric power plants over 1 kW. The Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell appears to be the most promising as a battery replacement for portable applications such cellular phones and laptop computers. The ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technology) has built the roadmap about fuel cell; together with European commission which stated that, in the future, fuel cell is integrated to all energy converters, due to its efficient and eco-friendly (see the road map).

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 0 comment(s)

Career Festival FE UI 2013

In January 2013, we heard about a business-case competition which organized by PBKM FE UI. We, then, managed to form a team consist of three people and call it, simply, KAIZEN ITB. We are Michael Julianto, Aprima Dheo, and Anggoro Bintang, students from Industrial Engineering Department, Institut Teknologi Bandung, who challenged ourselves to compete in a economic area which are not our natural degree. However, we were ready to win the competition using our natural knowledge and skills from Industrial Engineering.

For the first phase, every team were challenged to provide an analysis for a telecommunication provider with a large number of customer in Indonesia, XL AXIATA. Besides the analysis, we were also asked to come up with our creativity to provide an alternate strategic plan for the future of XL AXIATA. All the data had to be collected by each team by themselves, the committee did not provide the data needed.

We collected data about XL AXIATA as much as we could. We used a few annual report of XL AXIATA, company public presentation about financial position, and also the annual report of the other telecommunication provider which are the competitior of XL AXIATA. Using the data as the foundation of the analysis, we came up with internal analysis and external analysis of XL AXIATA. Then, we started to formulate the alternate strategies with the help of TOWS matrices.Then, we built a marketing programme which were developed from the choosen alternate strategies. We submitted our report and waited for the top 10 teams announcement.

The announcement which we had been waiting so long was delayed for one day. But, unfortunately, KAIZEN ITB came up in the committee's website. Our proposed alternate strategies were in the 5th position from about 40s teams. Then, we were invited to join the final phase in Fakultas Ekonomi, Universitas Indonesia.

The day then came, the best 10 teams were welcomed with the final phase which was held in 2 stages each for one day. On the first day, all teams, one-by-one had to present their alternate strategies in front of the judges. Becoming the forst team to do the presentation, we had to wait for about 2-3 hours without doing anything. Luckily, our LOs, XXX, agreed to accompany us to visit the Industrial Engineering Department in Universitas Indonesia. Briefly, we had a very nice experiences doing lab touring with the help of our friends in TI UI.

After all teams finished to present their alternate strategies, all the teams gathered again to start the last activities in the first stage of the final phase which was business simulation. We were challenged to introduce a few original products from Depok's SME. We are supposed to sell them using the right methods to get the highest profit. The products were Aloevera Jelly Drink, Jackfruit Juice, Tissue Box, Batik Chocolates, and also organic sweet and red ginger powder. It was not an easy and smooth way to sell all the products. After trying so hard to sell all the products, we finally sold all our products out with a big profit margin.

The commitee then started to calculate all our scores accumulated from the presentation and the simulation games. They came up with the announcement of 5 best teams to continue their journey into the second stage which held in the next day. And again, we sat in the second position behind ITS Team and in front of 2 UI Team and 1 UGM Team.

The final stage in the final phase then came and all of the teams had to provide an analysis and came up with a solution for a SME in Depok, Delira, which products were tried to be sold by the teams in the previous day. First, we listened to the presentation from Delira management, Ibu Ayu. A lot of data and hypothesis were collected and listed carefully during the presentation. Every teams were also allowed to ask 3 question to Delira. We decided to ask critically about these things,

  1. The management thought about Delira in the future (Goal)
  2. Each of management involvement in Delira, how far and how deep (Management Commitment)
  3. Current and future potential selling channel (Market size - penetration)

Each team got 30 minutes to construct the solution in only 2 pieces of A3 paper. We used a few tools to help, which were

  1. Profit Trees to focus our solution on Delira's critical entities.
  2. Porter Five Forces to draw Delira business together with its 5 forces.
  3. 4P Marketing Structure to come up with the solution.
So, we saw that Delira has a good targeting and positioning for its product, Jelly Aloevera. Delira positioned that product for health-minded customer segment. The problem was that they designed all their product (core product, package, price, etc) not suitable enough for those customer segment. It was reflected by the statement from Ibu Ayu. She even confused because customer will choose, for example, Okky Jelly Drink besides Delira Jelly Aloevera. It was because of the price of Okky Jelly Drink which is cheaper, Rp 1000 (Rp 2000 for Delira) and it was also aesthetically designed better than Delira Jelly Aloe Vera. It was not a good comparison, for us, since Okky Jelly Drink was not in the same segment with Delira Jelly Aloevera. They should not have compared those products directly considering Okky Jelly Drink's customer segment was not a health-minded customer segment.

Besides the marketing problem which affected the selling price and the limitedness of sold product, the other problems are reflected in the profit trees which were the uncertain cost of raw material given by the farmers. These problems would be solved using the supply chain approach together with the porter five forces.

So, our solution was structurally like this.

  1. Target again the healthy-minded customer segment.
  2. Use appropriate channel of distribution such as sport center, etc (ease of reaching segment).
  3. Set the exact selling price to end-customer in the level of Rp 5000 instead of Rp 2000.
  4. The increase of selling price required Delira to redesigned their product to fit into this lecel of price. Starting with the quality of jelly drink, plastic packaging, and label had to be desgined very well and fit enough for both the selling price and the product position as a healthy drink.
  5. Start promotion activities actively, take benefit from healthy icon, say it doctor, use online marketing, take customer feedback, etc.
  6. Check for an opportunity to reach a new geographical market.
  7. The last one, contract the farmer of aloevera. State that Delira are committed to buy their aloevera in a slightly higher price but constant! State also that the farmers had to prioritize Delira as their main customer and  so Delira had an assurance about raw material supplies.

That's all that bring us to reach the first prize after again presenting our thoughts. It was a very wonderful learning experiences with a lot of excitement and remarkable experiences.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 0 comment(s)

My Favourite Airlines

1. Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia offers an Indonesian culture and hospitality directly on board. The price is actually more premium than the others. However, it is really well worth the experience. Actually, I have never travelled using this airline. However, from many stories and articles around the internet, and also from the SKYTRAX review about this airline, this airline is the pride of all Indonesian. I am really looking forward to flying with this airline, maybe someday.

Do you know? Garuda Indonesia is ranked 11th among all airlines in the world.

2. Lion Air Group
Lion Air enters a very wide range of airlines market. The national low cost airline under the flag of Lion Air and Wings Air. The regional low cost airline under the flag of Malindo Air, directly competing with Air Asia. The national premium airline under the flag of Batik Air.

3. Malaysian Airlines
Ranked 1 place ahead Garuda Indonesia, Malaysian Airlines is sitting in the top 10 world best airlines. They provided original malaysian food, nasi lemak, when I was flying from Bandung to Kuala Lumpur. A very nice landing and take off in KLIA. But, due to the short length of runway in Bandung Airport, the landing is a little bit too harsh :P. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 0 comment(s)

Kaos Premium Alun-Alun Indonesia

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

New Website at new domain at my own static server.. : )
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Saturday, February 25, 2012 0 comment(s)

Aku Masuk ITB