Organised by Focussed Events, the Automotive Engineering Show recently underwent its successful seventh edition during 6 – 8, June 2013 at Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The theme for the show was technologies for the car plant, which aimed at helping component makers to deploy the right technology. Inaugurated by Mr. VK Shanmugam Vice President, Operations, TVS Motor Company, the show also served as a good connecting point for the related systems and process providers. In total, the show attracted 120 participants and more than 5,600 industry visitors from OEMs, and tier one to tier three suppliers.
The show covered a wide range of manufacturing solutions for the industry spanning across a variety of areas. Some of the key areas covered were IT solutions, automation systems, assembly line systems, productivity enhancers, laser welding, material handling systems, painting equipment, robotics and quality inspection system.
Among the solutions, an interesting one was the ArmMax CMM machine from Accurate. The machine is claimed to offer a smaller physical footprint and fatigue free operation. It features a carbon fibre arm to avoid the drooping effect usually associated with such machines. Since the machine doesn’t need compressed air, the operating costs are lower than other such machines. The measuring machine is integrated with easy-to-use and customisable software.
Another notable solution was the Automated Guide Vehicle (AGV) from Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz for engine assembly applications. Known as Intellicart, the system can be used for quicker and more precise assembly operations. The system is powered by battery and requires minimal human intervention. With an assembly line cycle time of 282 s, the system can lift loads up to 1,200 kg. The AGV uses a magnetic induct ion guide technology, wherein magnetic layers are installed in the floor of the plant.
The show also played host to a number of seminars held by companies such as Indo MIM,Faro, Prism Surface Coating, Kistler, PTC, Henkel, LDRA, Accurate & Renishaw. Alongwith a theme seminar was held on “Smart Sensing & Real Time Communication Protocols” in which companies like Bechhoff, CLPA, Schmersal, IFM Electronics, Ethernet Powerlink & Standardisation Group & Banner Engineering gave presentation.
There was also an interactive session on “Sustaining Good Performance with Grass Root Innovation” wherein global technology providers and plant professionals discussed multiple solutions and methods to further improve the efficiency of manufacturing. The panelist were Mr. Subu Nagasubramony, Managing Director (Visteon Automotive Systems India Pvt Ltd), Mr. R. Vasu, Vice President-QHSE (Brakes India Ltd.), Dr. Ethirajan Bhaskaran, Deputy Director (Department of Industries & Commerce), Prof. Nilesh J. Vasa, H.O.D. Engineering Design, (Indian Institute of Technology, Madras), Mr. Dilip Sawhney, Vice President (Automation Industry Association) & Country Head (Rockwell Automation India Pvt Ltd), Mr. P. V. Sivaram, Executive Council Member (Automation Industry Association) & Managing Director (B & R Automation).
OEMs and component makers also submitted case studies, the selection of which was headed by Anup Wadhwa, Director, Automation Industry Association (AIA). Winners in this area included Ford India, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Fenner India, Greaves Cotton, Bosch, Mahindra & Mahindra, Brakes India, Visteon Automotive systems, and many more.
The exhibition was supported by NATRIP, ARAI, AIA, ICAT & NSIC alongwith Automotive Systems, the quarterly publication which focus exclusively on the technology chain involved in the manufacturing of automobiles and their components.
The overall response for the show was encouraging and given the number of innovative solutions showcased, the purpose too seemed to have been solved. The next and eighth edition of the show will be held in Pune on a date yet to be announced.