Improving the Institute-Industry interaction is one of the top priorities of School of Engineering at GD Goenka University (GDGU) and for this very purpose, ‘Research Saturday’ for the current semester started with a visit to Lumax-Mannoh Allied Technologies Ltd., in IMT Manesar (Gurgaon) on 31st January 2015. Lumax-Mannoh Allied Technologies Ltd. is a joint venture of Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd. India, and Mannoh Industrial Co. Ltd. Japan. The company designs and manufactures complete gear shift lever system for manual, automatic, AMT and CVT transmissions in India.
Prior to this visit, delegates from Lumax-Mannoh visited GDGU campus to explore possibilities of collaboration with School of Engineering, on 29th November 2014. This time, a GDGU team led by Dr. Sudeep Sharma, HoD of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and four faculty members (Dr. Sandeep Nagar, Mr. Faraz Qadri, Mr. Abhishek Pandey, Mr. Deepak Jain) along with six students (Ajay Pundir, ArunTayal, Harshit Kher, Karan Amla, Nihal Agrawal and Rahul Bishwas) from School of Engineering, visited Lumax-Mannoh Allied Technologies Ltd., at Manesar on 31st January 2015.
At first, the GDGU team visited the R&D and testing facilities of the company. In this section designing, prototyping, benchmarking and automated testing of the gear lever system is performed. Effects on the gear lever after 1.5 million cycles in various temperature and humidity conditions are studied. Fabrication of the assembly line is also done here. Then the team saw the manufacturing lines of the gear lever systems where separate lines have been laid out for various customers such as Maruti, Honda, Datsun etc. The company lays a lot of emphasis on quality and there are many lines which have not produced a single defective piece since day one. Automated systems to make sure that the tolerances are as per the customer’s demand are incorporated for quality control. Students were particular excited to see the manufacturing and testing facilities. The GDGU students who have already worked on advanced projects like robots and 3D printer, found various areas of common interest and expertise. A discussion, about how we can make similar equipment for lab testing, followed during which students showed keen interest and confidence that they should attempt to manufacture these advanced equipments in projects. Students also learned the importance of recording each and every minute detail of working with equipment for analysis and pin pointing the defect producing process.
After the visit, a meeting was held between the visiting team and the officials of Lumax- Mannoh Allied Technologies Ltd. that included Plant and R&D Heads of the company. Discussions took place about how interaction between the institute and industry could be enhanced. The company showed interest in going forward with joint work in design and R&D. In addition, Lumax- Mannoh would also be open to provide summer training and internship to the engineering students of GDGU. Both parties agreed to work towards drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a mutually rewarding future.