Every major technological shift reflects a quantum leap in automotive manufacturing, which is the first to adopt new technology trends followed by other manufacturing sectors. The USD 93 billion automotive industry that is shouldering 7.1% of India’s GDP, contributes 49% to the nation’s manufacturing GDP*.
With auto players now gearing up for the transition to automated shop floors and smart, digitalised factories, the right mix of strategy and collaboration with technology partners will ensure a competitive advantage.
Bringing together leading technology-driven brands and their newest innovations for the automotive industry, the 12th edition of the Automotive Engineering Show returns to Chennai this year.
The strong list of exhibitors and a series of live product demonstrations and seminar sessions will enable the OEM and automotive manufacturers to identify, connect and collaborate with the right technology partners for industrial and process automation together with quality control tools under one roof.
Opening its doors to the industry from on 4 – 6 July 2019, the business event will feature over 85 prominent technology players coming together at the Chennai Trade Centre.
Focused on technologies for automotive manufacturing, the exhibition will feature tech majors like Baumer India, Bharat Forge, Carl Zeiss, DesignTech Systems, Festo India, Nikon India, Olympus, Pepperl + Fuchs, Schmersal India, Staubli Tec, Sick India, Tal Manufacturing, Wipro 3D among other leading names.
The strong presence of automotive majors has gained Chennai its recognition as one of the country’s largest automotive and auto components manufacturing hub.
Taking place in this city which houses one of the largest auto-clusters, the exhibition comes at an important juncture when the growing dominance of autonomous and connected vehicles is witnessing innovative technological developments, making inroads into the automobile industry.
For instance, the diversification of the automotive market into Hybrid Electric Vehicles and EVs creates new challenges in design and manufacturing. One of the primary issues has been the integration of high-voltage, high-power batteries in the 300 V range or higher on platforms traditionally using 12V.
These high voltages generate additional costs and risks in ensuring smooth, safe power conversion for the various onboard electrical sub-systems.
Companies now must consider site preparation necessities, and safety requirements when transitioning from low power to high power. Having a commercial off-the-shelf solution that has a low cost of ownership would minimise high-power test costs by reducing floor space usage, reduce heat dissipation, and maintaining up time.
Offering solutions for this segment are companies such as Key sight which will be displaying its RP7900 Series regenerative power system at the three-day fair of Automotive Engineering Show.
Moreover, consumers are increasingly demanding in-vehicle connectivity, advanced driver assistance (ADAS), infotainment services, and other innovative features. To meet this challenge, the automotive industry is rapidly moving to adopt Ethernet’s scalable and flexible networking technology.
However, Ethernet’s shared medium technology offers its challenges of performance, reliability and security. Addressing this need, Embedded Systems Solutions will be showcasing the US-based AKUKA Systems technology – Aukua MGA2510, which is a powerful Ethernet Test system supporting IEEE standards-based automotive Ethernet.
German manufacturer, SICK Germany will bring “microScan3” – The new generation of Safety Laser Scanners, which comes with innovative safeHDDM® scanning technology equipped with onboard Core Input/Output, EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET for safe machine integration. With built-in Ethernet and profinet communication, easy integration and diagnosis are possible, which will play an essential role in Indian Industrial Safety to take a step forward to Industry 4.0.
Other exciting product highlights at Automotive Engineering Show 2019 Chennai that auto manufacturers need to look out for:
- The PHD Pneu-Connect, a cost-effective pneumatic end-effector system providing seamless integration for Universal Robots that utilises standard PHD Peumatic grippers and works on compressed air – which makes the purchase cost less than half as compared to its electric rivals.
- Wipro 3D’s Steering Bracket which is one of its largest 3D printed automotive components optimised through additive engineering principles and FEA resulting in weight reduction and geometry optimised for the stress path.
- Precision reduction gears used in the joints of industrial robots to support their accurate and powerful motion will be displayed by Nabtesco.
- Working on new innovative process optimisation, new applications, and new alloy development, Intech DMLS will showcase end-to-end solutions for metal 3D printing technology for the automotive sector.
- Bringing solutions for industrial vision automation, inspection and software based on AI platform solutions, quality technologies will showcase advanced vision-guided robotics, surface defect inspection, line scan system, parts inspection, etc.
- Industrial Touch Computers, Made in India, with capacitive touch and optional inbuilt software packages for paperless factories and harsh factory environments by Palas Software.
- Chroma’s 17020 high precision system specifically designed for secondary battery modules and pack tests by Quantel Technologies India.
- Piston, systems, and components required for conveying dosing, applying, filling and emptying medium to high-viscosity fluids by ViscoTec.
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively.
A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising, and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction, and marketing, personnel, and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
*preliminary figures 2018