Mi­cro­logic In­dia to in­vest on IIoT, R&D, vi­sion tech­nolo­gies

Auto components India - - CONTENTS - Text: Anusha B ACI

Ben­galuru-based Mi­cro­logic In­dia, sup­plier of au­to­mated assem­bly lines to com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers of two-wheel­ers, pas­sen­ger cars and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, is work­ing on vi­sion tech­nolo­gies and IIoT (In­dus­trial In­ter­net of Things). “In the com­ing years, we plan to in­vest con­sid­er­ably on R& D in these ar­eas,” Ja­yaram M S, Di­rec­tor, Mi­cro­logic In­dia, told Auto Com­po­nents In­dia. The core of Mi­cro­logic is soft­ware and a ded­i­cated team has been work­ing to­wards that by hav­ing right global part­ner­ship. In 5 to 8 years there would be a dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, he said.

“We are in oper­a­tion since 2002, and around 40% of our busi­ness is from pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles, 30% from two-wheel­ers and 10% from com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. We be­lieve au­to­ma­tion en­hances the ef­fi­ciency, qual­ity and pro­duc­tiv­ity in man­u­fac­tur­ing. Lean­mate is our brand and these flex­i­ble assem­bly lines pro­vide smart so­lu­tions which in­te­grate assem­bly, in­spec­tion, test and pack­ag­ing into a sin­gle flow,” he said.

“We pro­vide com­plete end-toend so­lu­tions in au­to­mated man­u­fac­tur­ing. We an­a­lyse their needs and pro­vide be­spoke so­lu­tions to the cus­tomers. Most of our cus­tomers are Euro­peans hav­ing their estab­lish­ment in In­dia and they have cog­nizance on all these au­to­mated tech­niques. For the In­dian cus­tomers we get the en­tire lay­out of their plan, ed­u­cate and de­sign tai­lor-made so­lu­tions. TVS is our ma­jor In­dian cus­tomer in two-wheeler seg­ment and we have in­stalled zero de­fect lines in their shop floor,” Ja­yaram said.

The Mi­cro­logic Lean­mate lines

are cel­lu­lar with each cell per­form­ing a spe­cific oper­a­tion of assem­bly, in­spec­tion, test and pack­ag­ing. Assem­bly op­er­a­tions are ei­ther au­to­mated or au­to­ma­tion- as­sisted de­pend­ing on the crit­i­cal­ity of the op­er­a­tions, he said.

The test­ing so­lu­tions be­gin at PCBA (Printed Cir­cuit Board Assem­bly) stage. Mi­cro­logic has stan­dard equip­ment for in-cir­cuit test­ing, bound­ary scan test­ing, flash­ing, func­tional test­ing of the boards and end of line testers for the fi­nal prod­ucts. All these are com­pletely au­to­mated. The com­pany also has testers which can get in­te­grated into a SMT con­veyor called the in-line testers and it also has off line testers and combi testers for elec­tron­ics. Combi testers can per­form ICT (In Cir­cuit Test) check­ing for shorts, opens, re­sis­tance, ca­pac­i­tance and other ba­sic quan­ti­ties and au­then­ti­cate the fab­ri­cated assem­bly.

“The unique­ness of our PCB testers is that there is a min­i­mal or no wiring to the hard­ware. This elim­i­nates or nul­li­fies most of the prob­lems due to wiring. The test cards get in­te­grated onto the Mass In­ter­con­nect (MI) ter­mi­nals and get connected to the bed of the nail fix­ture di­rectly. The fol­low­ing tests like func­tional test, LED colour ver­i­fi­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion tests, CAN, LIN, RS 485, eth­er­net, bound­ary scan test­ing, de­vice flash­ing, in-cir­cuit test and other ba­sic mea­sure­ment tests are per­formed with our test­ing so­lu­tions,” Ja­yaram said.

There will be at least 50 Elec­tronic Con­trol Units (ECUs) in a car. All these are in­ter­con­nected via com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works like LIN or CAN. These ECUs be­ing de­cen­tralised have ma­jor ad­van­tages. There are things get­ting in­te­grated more and more.

The Lean­mate pro­vides real time ma­chine health man­age­ment and no­ti­fies in­case of any de­fects through alerts to mo­bile phones. It also man­ages pre­ven­tive main­te­nance sched­ules. The server keeps track of all the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­for­ma­tion in the real time re­ceiv­ing data from robots, mon­i­tors and the work­force.

“We be­gan as a start-up and have an in­stal­la­tion base of about 300-odd equip­ment lines. We now aim to scale. We are now have a turnover of Rs 18 crore and our aim is to dou­ble it by 2020, and also to look at ex­ports”, Ja­yaram said. He said Mi­cro­logic was ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tional space which would be ready by Au­gust 2017.

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Ja­yaram MS, Di­rec­tor, Mi­cro­logic In­dia

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