BorgWarner to make vari­able cam tim­ing in Chen­nai plant

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As the in­tro­duc­tion of BS-VI emis­sion norms is round the cor­ner, all the OEMs and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tures are gear­ing up to bring in new tech­nolo­gies and lo­calise them. BorgWarner, a global prod­uct leader in clean and ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions for com­bus­tion, hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles, re­cently ex­panded its Kakkalur fa­cil­ity near Chen­nai by in­stalling a new line to man­u­fac­ture ad­vanced en­gine tim­ing and vari­able cam tim­ing (VCT). With the ex­panded 1,500 sqm of man­u­fac­tur­ing space to its ex­ist­ing 35,100 sqm fa­cil­ity, BorgWarner is ready to

meet the in­creas­ing de­mand from the steadily grow­ing In­dian au­to­mo­tive mar­ket, meet­ing BSVI norms. It is also pre­par­ing to sup­ply to the grow­ing South­east Asian au­to­mo­tive mar­ket.

BorgWarner plans to de­ploy the VCT tech­nol­ogy with a ma­jor global and do­mes­tic au­tomaker on diesel and gaso­line ap­pli­ca­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the VCT tech­nol­ogy im­proves en­gine ef­fi­ciency, per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy. The new pro­duc­tion line will be com­ple­ment­ing the ex­ist­ing global fa­cil­i­ties pro­duc­ing VCT tech­nol­ogy and will help the com­pany meet the global cus­tomer needs with lo­cal pro­duc­tion. Apart from new VCT, the Kakkalur fa­cil­ity has been pro­duc­ing silent and roller chains, ten­sion­ers, and other prod­ucts for vari­able valve tim­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. It can pro­duce about 3 mil­lion au­to­mo­tive chains a year.

Al Moster, Di­rec­tor, Ap­pli­ca­tion En­gi­neer­ing, Prod­uct Man­ager, Chain & TSC, BorgWarner Morse Sys­tems said, “Our VCT sys­tem con­trib­utes greatly to mak­ing en­gines con­sid­er­ably more ef­fi­cient while re­duc­ing emis­sions and en­hanc­ing per­for­mance. The new VCT line at the Chen­nai plant com­ple­ments a num­ber of ex­ist­ing global fa­cil­i­ties pro­duc­ing VCT tech­nol­ogy and strength­ens BorgWarner’s abil­ity to sup­port global cus­tomers with lo­cal pro­duc­tion. We are now ideally po­si­tioned to sup­port car man­u­fac­tur­ers in com­ply­ing

with the new reg­u­la­tions which aim to in­crease tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment to im­prove fuel econ­omy, in­no­va­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency as well as the qual­ity and safety of ve­hi­cles and auto parts pro­duced in In­dia.”

VCT is used in en­gines to ad­vance or de­lay in­take or ex­haust valve tim­ing. Con­se­quently, in­take or ex­haust valve tim­ing may be ad­justed based on en­gine op­er­at­ing con­di­tions to in­crease com­bus­tion ef­fi­ciency and de­crease emis­sions. Ad­di­tion­ally, en­gine power out­put may be in­creased across a wider range of en­gine op­er­at­ing con­di­tions. A VCT mech­a­nism varies the phase of the valve open­ing and clos­ing rel­a­tive to the crank­shaft as a func­tion of en­gine op­er­at­ing con­di­tions. De­pend­ing on the camshaft (ex­haust, in­take, or both) be­ing ac­tu­ated, 4 types of vari­able cam tim­ing sys­tems are avail­able: in­take-only; ex­haus­tonly, where only in­take or ex­haust valve tim­ing is var­ied; dual-equal, where in­take and ex­haust tim­ing is var­ied equally; and dual-in­de­pen­dent, where the in­take and ex­haust timings are var­ied in­de­pen­dently.

The Kakkalur plant, orig­i­nally es­tab­lished as a joint ven­ture in 2002, be­came a wholly-owned BorgWarner en­tity in 2008. “We are ex­cited to open our new line for pro­duc­ing more ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies de­signed to help cus­tomers meet new BS-VI emis­sion reg­u­la­tions. To meet the new emis­sion norms all the OEMs are re­fresh­ing their prod­ucts and most of them are try­ing to bring new en­gines for their ve­hi­cles. There­fore by pro­duc­ing the VCT lo­cally will be a win-win sit­u­a­tion,” R Mu­rali, Di­rec­tor and Plant Head, BorgWarner Morse Sys­tems In­dia, said.

So far Morse Sys­tems was mainly fo­cus­ing on pas­sen­ger car ap­pli­ca­tions. Now the com­pany is in talks with some com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers for their LCV busi­ness. Mu­rali said, “Cur­rently we are work­ing with a cou­ple of CV mak­ers so the fo­cus for us will be both on pas­sen­ger cars and LCV busi­ness.”

L-R: Pei Wang, VP and GM, Asia, BorgWarner Morse Sys­tems; R Mu­rali, di­rec­tor 8: Plant Head, BorgWarner Morse Sys­tems In­dia; AI Moster, Di­rec­tor, Ap­pli­ca­tion En­gi­neer­ing, Prod­uct Man­ager, Chain & TSC, BorgWarner Morse Sys­tems; and Michelle Du, VP, Global Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment, BorgWarner Morse Sys­tems.

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