Category — Industrial Goods

Tata Develops Crop-Dusting Drones

Tata Sons’ Group Technology and Innovation Office (GTIO) aims to rollout the first of the four high-tech products it is working on in the next two years, says Group Technology Officer Dr. Gopichand Katragadda.

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda

Dr. Gopichand Katragadda

He said GTIO is working on four specific products — a smartwatch for industrial workers being tested on Tata Steel’s workforce, a drone-based pesticide spraying system, a factory and fleet analytics system, and an allotrope of carbon called graphene, which he said will take longer (about five years) , reports Silicon India News.

The Tata Group is India’s  biggest spender on research and development, and last year, it spent 2.7 per cent of its $110 billion revenue on R&D and innovation.

“When you are doing business incubation, the tech risk has been retired. We are in an area where the tech risk is not retired. GTIO is in the business of identifying those risks which are worth taking and retiring the technical risks.

“Once the technical risks are retired, we will try to find an avenue to incubate the business. The fun part of it is that you get to work with latest technologies in an environment where there is a lot of creative freedom,” Katragadda added.

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May 23, 2016   No Comments

DSM Inaugurates Plastics Research and Technology Center in India

Royal DSM N.V., the global life sciences and materials sciences company, headquartered in the Netherlands, inaugurated its research and technology center for engineering plastics in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai in India.

Inauguration of DSM's Research and Technology Center in Pune

Inauguration of DSM’s Research and Technology Center in Pune

“The launch of this new research center is in line with DSM’s strategy to support and grow its business, not only with customers in India, but globally,” said Roeland Polet, president DSM Engineering Plastics. “The capabilities now available to our customers in this facility enable us to reduce further the time to market for DSM innovations.”

In the new center, DSM will work closely with customers in supporting new product development using a wide variety of equipment for material and application testing, including injection molding, polymer characterization, physical property testing, and thermal analysis. The center is capable of providing test data for DSM’s wide portfolio of engineering plastics. Additional services include a laboratory scale twin screw extruder for new product development and trial runs. The facility has further scope to grow and add new testing equipment and capabilities as required, reports Polymerupdate.

“I am proud of this milestone. The new center is a great asset to research and development which will aid us in supporting the needs of our customers in Pune and globally” said Sanjay Jain, Business Director DSM Engineering Plastics India. “This is our company’s next phase in India, moving from Make in India to Develop in India. Starting with 5,000 sq. ft., we have the capacity to expand to 20,000 sq. ft.”

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May 12, 2016   No Comments

Cummins to Invest $160 Million to Expand R&D Unit in India

Columbus, Indiana-based diesel engine maker Cummins Inc., plans to invest anotehe $160 million  in the expansion of its research and development center in India. This technical center in Pune, 90 miles east of Mumbai, is the company’s biggest outside of the U.S., and has 1,500 engineers currently. Cummins India aims to add 500 more over the next year, reports the Economic Times.

Cummins Engines

Cummins Engines

Anant Talaulicar, chairman at Cummins Group India said, “India is among our top five markets and tech capabilities available here will grow significantly once the investment is completed.” He added that Cummins has technology for Euro Stage VI diesel and natural gas commercial vehicles, and once the Indian government notifies the norms for Bharat Stage VI, the company will step up research and development for localizing the solutions for the Indian market.

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

GE’s 3-D Printing Facility in India to Develop Critical End-Use Components

Last year, GE set up its multi-modal advanced manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune in western India. The facility was established to produce jet engine parts, locomotive components, wind turbines, and a host of other additively and traditionally manufactured components for a number of GE companies. The facility now employs  1,500 workers, responsible for operating 3D printers and other machinery, reports 3ders.org.

The manufacturing unit in Pune will eventually produce critical end-use components such as the jet engine fuel nozzles, but first it will fulfill a more urgent need: 3D printing replacement parts for broken machinery. Replacement parts, especially for older appliances, can be incredibly difficult to source when those appliances are discontinued or simply made in small quantities. 3D printing these replacement parts is much faster than producing them using traditional manufacturing techniques.

“3D printing isn’t anything new at GE,” said Prabhjot Singh, Manager of GE’s Additive Manufacturing Lab in Schenectady, New York. “It’s been around for decades and has been typically used to repair worn-out or broken down, high-value industrial parts such as compressor blades or gears using laser cladding technology.”

The multi-modal facility in Pune and GE’s development and research center in Bangalore work closely, and the latter designs new products for the Pune plant to manufacture. “We work with GE colleagues all over the world,” said Vinod Kumar, who leads materials and inspection for GE Global Research in Bangalore. “We are part of any global team’s technology project, located in various parts of the world, from day one.”

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April 15, 2016   No Comments

Canada’s Silcotech to Invest $600,000 to Expand India Operations

Based in Ontario, Canada, Silcotech North America which specializes in liquid injection molding announced plans to spend $600,000 on the expansion of its joint venture with India-based Bonny Products Private Limited.

“We would like to triple production for products catering to the expanding segments of automobile and medical and extend our reach in other sectors,” said Silcotech North America Vice President Isolde Boettger. She added that the company is adding capacity for new end markets in India, including packaging and electronics, as well as expand into nearby countries.

Isolde Boettger, VP and Co-Founder of Silcotech

Isolde Boettger, VP and Co-Founder of Silcotech

Plastic News reports that the Indian joint venture, located in Noida near New Delhi, began with a small investment of about $250,000 and one Arburg injection molding machine in 2009. It registered double digit growth in the last two years providing specialized process methods like cold runner process molding, two and multi shot molding, silicone over silicone or thermoplastics, and insert molding.

Silcotech has also developed the capability to mold nine different materials in a single mold, with applications in the manufacture of mobile phone cases. It plans to introduce this technology in the Indian venture.

 

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March 27, 2016   No Comments