India’s leading vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra, relies on Atlas Copco for more than its precision tool technology; Atlas Copco technicians are on hand full-time for tool maintenance and advice.
Ten years ago, the leading Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra asked Atlas Copco to supply tooling for the production of its new SUV, the Scorpio. Since then, Mahindra has selected Atlas Copco to be its tightening partner at all its plants – a natural extension of the auto manufacturer’s desire for sustainable productivity.
The Scorpio SUV is the flagship vehicle of Mahindra, one of India’s leading vehicle brands. The automotive company itself, with eight plants in India and five in other countries, is the flagship branch of the multinational Mahindra Group.
Introduced in 2002, the Scorpio’s production relied on tooling provided by Atlas Copco. Today, that success has led Atlas Copco to become the preferred tightening partner at all of Mahindra’s plants.
Designed for minimum environmental impact, the plant in Chakan, near Pune, India, has four production lines for assembling medium and heavy trucks, small commercial vehicles, pick-ups and SUVs. More than 400 000 vehicles are produced here every year. Almost all of the plant’s tools – approximately 95% – are from Atlas Copco. But Atlas Copco provides more than just precision tool technology.
An in-house Atlas Copco workshop takes care of the plant’s tool service needs. Four service technicians are permanently based there, handling tool service, repairs, calibration and solving tightening issues.
“We must have a partner with the experience to participate in the engineering at the start of the project and guide us through the tool selection and pre-production phases,” says Dinesh Kulkarni, Chakan’s Deputy General Manager, Projects.
“Selecting the correct tools for the application is critical in achieving correct torque, joint integrity, fast cycle times and good ergonomics. Atlas Copco has this capability, and it helps us to achieve high levels of quality and productivity,” Kulkarni adds.
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