To­tal tech­ni­cal cen­tre

A con­ducted tour of To­tal’s new tech cen­tre

Car India - - CONTENTS - Story: Anosh Khum­batta

Tota l is a lead­ing name in the oil and gas space, spe­cial­is­ing in lubri­cants, spe­cial flu­ids, fuel ad­di­tives, and fu­els. You might have seen their logo in mo­tor sport, for they pro­vide lubri­cants to the Re­nault F1 team. The com­pany is al­ways in the process of de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts for the ever-chang­ing mar­ket, and the Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre Asia Pa­cific (TCAP ) is To­tal’s R&D cen­tre ded­i­cated to prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for the en­tire Asia-Pa­cific re­gion as well as the Mid­dle East.

Es­tab­lished in 2012 at Ma­hape, near Mum­bai, the TCAP was set up as a strate­gic ad­vance­ment in the re­gion to as­sist with prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, anal­y­sis, prod­uct train­ing and field test­ing. The key func­tions of the fa­cil­ity in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of adapted prod­ucts and tech­ni­cal sup­port to key in­dus­trial cus­tomers and OEMs ac­cord­ing to their spe­cific re­quire­ments. The cen­tre also fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions to cus­tomers’ de­mands and adapt­ing ex­ist­ing prod­ucts through the in­te­gra­tion of lo­cal com­po­nents when re­quired. R&D is car­ried out in dif­fer­ent ar­eas, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing lubri­cants us­ing lo­cal com­po­nents, de­vel­op­ing new cus­tomised for­mu­la­tions and im­prov­ing the per­for­mance of an al­ready ex­ist­ing lu­bri­cant.

All of these pro­cesses are han­dled by the 30 highly skilled re­searchers and tech­ni­cians who are qual­i­fied to con­duct over 150 tests us­ing state-ofthe-art sci­en­tific in­stru­ments, wherein they as­sess the vis­cos­ity, heatre­sis­tance and emul­si­fy­ing prop­er­ties of their var­i­ous prod­ucts. I did en­joy the tour of the fa­cil­ity, where I vis­ited the var­i­ous lab­o­ra­to­ries and wit­nessed the re­searchers, dressed in white lab coats and wear­ing pro­tec­tive gog­gles, as they con­ducted del­i­cate tests de­signed to repli­cate the stresses these lubri­cants face in real-world op­er­at­ing con­di­tions. I was suit­ably im­pressed by the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, at­ten­tion to de­tail and strict safety reg­u­la­tions that were ad­hered to all over the fa­cil­ity, and it was clear that the TCAP is on a par with a com­pa­ra­ble fa­cil­ity any­where in the world.

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