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ERO MO­TOCORP HAS taken the wraps off its sprawl­ing new re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity on the out­skirts on Jaipur. The Cen­tre of In­no­va­tion and Technology is lo­cated on nearly 250 acres and boasts of mul­ti­ple test tracks to help with their prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. Hero have cre­ated this 850 crore fa­cil­ity to bring all their R&D fa­cil­i­ties un­der one con­sol­i­dated roof, and is a huge leap for­ward from the three acre R&D fa­cil­ity in Dharuhera.

Dr. Markus Braun­sperger, Chief Technology Of­fi­cer at Hero who will be head­ing op­er­a­tions at the CIT said, "The CIT is the new home of our R&D team and the com­mence­ment of op­er­a­tions here is a ma­jor mile­stone in our en­deav­our to ramp up the prod­uct de­vel­op­ment com­pe­tency to global stan­dards. Within this fa­cil­ity we will be es­tab­lish­ing new work pro­cesses and en­hanc­ing our tech­ni­cal skills to global bench­marks."

Creating a new bike from the ground up be­gins with cus­tomer anal­y­sis. Once what the cus­tomer wants is fi­nalised, new prod­ucts can be con­cep­tu­alised and put on to a draw­ing board. The fa­cil­ity has ded­i­cated stu­dios in the main tower for de­sign­ing prod­ucts, right from de­sign soft­ware to the technology re­quired to cre­ate 1:1 clay mod­els of the dig­i­tal de­sign. The next step is to take an artist’s de­sign and make it into a work­ing one, which can with­stand real-world con­di­tions. Sim­u­la­tion soft­wares show en­gi­neers how the parts would fare in the real world and mod­ify de­signs as re­quired. The fa­cil­ity has the pro­vi­sion to fab­ri­cate both metal and plas­tic parts, which al­lows them to build their pro­toypes in-house.

An es­sen­tial part of the de­vel­op­ment process is test­ing. Both in­di­vid­ual parts and the com­pletely as­sem­bled pro­to­types have to be put through rigourous stress and vi­bra­tion tests to see how durable they are. The Hero CIT fa­cil­ity has all the ma­chin­ery re­quired to con­duct per­for­mance, dura­bil­ity and NVH tests. The fa­cil­ity also has an Elec­tro­mag­netic Com­pat­i­bil­ity Lab, some­thing not many fa­cil­i­ties around the world can boast of, to test how the bike re­acts to elec­tro­mag­netic surges around it and what sort of elec­tro­mag­netic field it cre­ates it­self. This is cru­cial to make sure elec­tron­ics won’t fail in the real world and is also a re­quire­ment while ve­hi­cles are be­ing ho­molo­gated.

Of the 247 acres, 100 acres are ded­i­cated to their new test tracks. The tracks cover around 16km with 45 dif­fer­ent sur­faces so bikes can be tested thor­oughly. Right from high speed tracks, cor­ner­ing tracks to bumpy roads and rain tracks.

The CIT also tries to do its part for the en­vi­ron­ment. Around 3 acres of rooftop area is utilised for grow­ing veg­eta­bles. There are 22 ponds scat­tered across the prop­erty to har­vest rain­wa­ter. A cool­ing sys­tem that utilises the wa­ter in these ponds has been de­vel­oped to re­duce the air­con­di­tion­ing load.

The CIT cur­rently has around 500 en­gi­neers work­ing to­gether, and this num­ber would in­crease to 600 by the end of the next year. New prod­ucts take about three to four years to de­velop from scratch and it will take at least so long to see a prod­uct com­pletely de­vel­oped at this new fa­cil­ity. How­ever, many ex­ist­ing R&D projects have been trans­ferred from the old fa­cil­ity to the new one and will con­tinue to be de­vel­oped here now.

Above: The main build­ing is de­signed to al­low max­i­mum nat­u­ral light into the build­ing. Below: The test tracks cover a 100 acres of the 247 acre prop­erty

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