OMRON’s ‘Im­age Sen­sor’ will hit In­dian mar­ket by 2020

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Ja­pan-based OMRON,, man­u­fac­turer of au­to­mo­tive o mo­tive elec­tron­ics, re­veals that its flag­ship prod­uct Im­age sen­sor/Hu­man Vi­sion Com­po­nent (HVC) will hit the global mar­ket in a few months and will fig­ure out its path to the In­dian mar­ket by 2020. The com­pany ren­ders com­po­nents and sys­tem or mod­ule­based so­lu­tions to the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. The com­po­nent divi­sion in­cludes prod­ucts like re­lays, switches, con­nec­tors, and mi­cro sens­ing de­vices. It gives plug-in re­lays, PCB re­lays and DC high power re­lays to the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. The re­lays find their ap­pli­ca­tions in body con­trol mod­ules, en­gine con­trol unit, junc­tion boxes, wiperer con­trol, steer­ing and in­di­ca­tors. Sim­i­larly the switches are used in hood latch, door llatch, seat belts, and on and off in­di­ca­

The HVC in­cor­po­rates 10 dif­fer­ent im­age sens­ing func­tions and alerts the driver with sig­nals. Ex­pres­sions like eye lid move­ment, sleepi­ness are some of the cru­cial at­tributes the im­age sen­sor cap­tures and warn­ing sig­nals/alarm are thrown ac­cord­ingly to alert the driver. The prod­uct is in ready-to-use stage and the com­pany is wait­ing for tthe cus­tomers to tri­al­run it.

Vinod Raphael, Coun­try Busi­ness Head-In­dia, OMOMRON, told Auto Com­po­nents In­dia that, “Safety with com­fort has taken the cen­tre stage with elec­tron­ics be­ing the only so­lu­tion. Elec­tronic com­po­nent mak­ers are ac­corded with pro­fuse op­por­tu­ni­ties to code the hard­ware which gives out dis­rup­tive in­no­va­tions. We are util­is­ing the same and HVC is one of the prod­ucts which is a key for both safety and com­fort. With the abil­ity to iden­tify the afore­men­tioned at­tributes the prod­uct is set­ting a stage out in the global mar­ket”.

“The emis­sion norms have be­come tighter now. This opens the gate for elec­tronic man­u­fac­tur­ers like us to ex­hibit our spe­cial re­lays and switches which are lead-free. DC power re­lays find their wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions in elec­tric ve­hi­cles dur­ing charg­ing and dis­charg­ing. Though In­dian mar­ket is slow

to­wards elec­tric ve­hi­cle adap­tion, the de­vel­oped mar­kets have re­alised their po­ten­tial with the elec­tric ve­hi­cles have started pro­lif­er­at­ing,” he said.

Un­der­lin­ing the emis­sion norms, Then­dral HR, Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cial­ist, OMRON, said, “Car­bon con­tent is di­rectly pro­por­tional to the weight of the com­po­nent. Our smaller re­lays ad­dress these is­sues and fuel ef­fi­ciency will in­crease with our light­weight re­lays but we are not able to quan­tify the ef­fi­ciency in­crease and OEMs could slate the same.”

PCB and Plug-in re­lays are the 2 vari­ants and plug-in re­lays are used in the cars. The in­fra­struc­ture has be­come too in­dis­pens­able to ig­nore es­pe­cially for elec­tronic-fit. Plug-in re­lays will en­counter fail­ure with bumpy roads. Rough drives in bumpy roads will make the re­lays plug out from the socket and re­sult in fail­ures. PCB re­lays are sol­dered in PCB and these re­lays will sus­tain in rough ter­rains too. In­dian mar­ket is still at a nascent stage in ad­her­ing to PCB re­lays. The chal­lenge is to change the en­tire lay­out to make the ve­hi­cle com­pat­i­ble with the PCB re­lays. But with no op­tions in hand, the tran­si­tion is tak­ing place and in a year or two PCBs will sur­face the en­tire mar­ket. New gen­er­a­tion PCB re­lays helps in in­creas­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency too.

The com­pany has R&D func­tions hap­pen­ing from Ja­pan and it works on var­i­ous in­no­va­tions. “We have in-house made Elec­tronic Con­trol Unit and a team of en­gi­neers are work­ing on mul­ti­ple ECUs in a sin­gle plat­form, How­ever it is too early to com­ment on the progress in that area. The R&D ac­tiv­i­ties are now fo­cus­ing on the world’s small­est re­lay, new gen­er­a­tion PCB re­lays and Body Con­trol Mod­ules (BCM through PCB re­lays). High pro­por­tion of elec­tron­ics is in­volved and this re­quires dis­rup­tive in­no­va­tion and our R&D is ca­pa­ble of it. We have con­trol mod­ules in place which takes care of sud­den fail­ure nonethe­less the fail­ures will not be a life threat­en­ing is­sue though it hap­pens,” Then­dral said.

The com­pany has its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Ja­pan, Korea, In­done­sia, China, Italy and Chicago. “In­dia is be­com­ing a safe zone for in­vest­ment owing to cheap labour and highly skilled pro­fes­sion­als. Global Tier-1 com­pa­nies are in­vest­ing in the coun­try. We are dig­ging grounds to in­crease the sup­ply chain with these com­pa­nies. Also we are in the process of en­hanc­ing our lo­cal de­sign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia to serve our best for two-wheeler and four­wheeler mar­kets. Just in time be­ing our core strength, we are plan­ning to in­crease the sup­ply chain man­age­ment also in the coun­try,” Raphael said.

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