Tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled driver seat from Dhama Seat­ing

Auto components India - - COVER STORY - Story by: Gun­jan D Bi­dani ACI

Volvo Eicher has rev­o­lu­tionised the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle driver seat­ing sys­tem. In the pi­lot launch of its 15-tonne Con­der 3015 has tem­per­a­ture­con­trolled smart seat­ing, Cli­maCon, de­vel­oped by the Hy­der­abad-based Dhama Seat­ing Tech­nolo­gies, a sub­sidiary of Dhama In­no­va­tions. Volvo Eicher’s ef­fort to re­duce the driver fa­tigue cost ef­fec­tively is also ex­tremely fuel ef­fi­cient. Cli­maCon is a patented tech­nol­ogy of Dhama which runs on power and al­lows reg­u­lat­ing seat tem­per­a­tures from 32° F to 140° F.

Kranti Vis­takula, Founder, Dhama In­no­va­tions, said, “The mar­gin in the truck busi­ness is as low as 4-5%. In such a sce­nario, in­stalling air con­di­tion­ers for the ther­mal com­fort of the driver can be ex­pen­sive. Hence, smart seat­ing is the best way for­ward as air-con­di­tioned trucks would cost more and the fuel ef­fi­ciency of the ve­hi­cle will drop.”

On the de­vel­op­ment of the prod­uct, Bhushan V Ga­jaria, Strat­egy and Com­mer­cial Ad­vi­sor, Dhama In­no­va­tions said, “There are 2 stages to this. First, as­sem­bling and man­u­fac­tur­ing tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled points. Sec­ond, the man­u­fac­tured points are in­te­grated with the seats of a ve­hi­cle by our tech­ni­cians. Our pri­mary tar­get is to cater to the driv­ers of medium com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles as mostly the light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are self­driven by the own­ers.”

One of the big­gest chal­lenges of the trans­port sec­tor is the short­age of driv­ers, owing to the in­suf­fi­cient fa­cil­i­ties which dis­cour­age peo­ple, es­pe­cially the new gen­er­a­tion, to take up this pro­fes­sion. It can­not be ig­nored that dis­rup­tion in the seat­ing in­dus­try has been in­signif­i­cant.

Dhama In­no­va­tions claims that the point-cool­ing tech­nol­ogy in a seat will work for around 100,000 hours. Adding such a fa­cil­ity to the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle in­creases the cost by 0.2% of its ex­ist­ing price. Vis­takula said, “A driver usu­ally drives for 300 km a day. With our tech­nol­ogy in place, a driver can stretch it for an­other 30-40 km or can have 10% more ef­fi­ciency.”

Apart from Volvo Eicher, other com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle ma­jors are con­duct­ing tri­als and it is ex­pected to hit the road in a big way by April 2019.

In the two-wheeler seg­ment, 3-point cool­ing is ex­pected to pick up fast in the mar­ket in an­other 6 months. In the af­ter­mar­ket, this tech­nol­ogy is avail­able for Royal En­field mo­tor cy­cles.

The cur­rent ca­pac­ity is to pro­duce 2500-3000 seats of 8-10 points each. The com­pany is plan­ning to ex­pand and open a new fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad it­self.

Ad­dress­ing the safety as­pect, in case of fire, the sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally shuts off as soon as the tem­per­a­ture goes be­yond a cer­tain limit. Since no flammable ma­te­rial is used in the mak­ing, there will not be any ex­plo­sion. The prod­uct is tested through vi­bra­tion, de­sign, life ex­pectancy, pres­sure map­ping, ARAI, elec­tri­cal, per­for­mance, wa­ter and dust tests.

Dhama In­no­va­tions is a tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment com­pany founded in Jan­uary 2008. Its in­no­va­tive, pro­pri­etary and patented cool­ing/ heat­ing tech­nol­ogy called Cli­maCon is the only wear­able tech­nol­ogy that al­lows users to pre­cisely con­trol tem­per­a­ture at the touch of a but­ton. Cli­maCon has been fash­ioned into a fu­tur­is­tic prod­uct port­fo­lio to cater to con­sumer life­style, health­care, sports, pack­ag­ing, and de­fence mar­ket.

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