Tata Motors marked a red-letter day in its history with the rollout of the two millionth trucks from its world-class manufacturing facility in Jamshedpur. The plant manufactures Tata Motors’ entire range of medium and heavy commercial vehicles, including the Tata Prima.
Commenting on this milestone, Mr. Karl Slym, Managing Director, Tata Motors, said, “We are proud that the mother plant of the company, from where our operations started, has today released its 2 millionth truck. We have modernized the plant through the years, which today produces our most technologically rich and high performing civilian and defense products, catering to customers across the world.”
With the plant manufacturing over 200 truck variants, ranging from multi-axle trucks, tractor-trailers, tippers, mixers and special application vehicles, the Jamshedpur facility has led the company’s evolution into a manufacturer of global repute. Besides India, these vehicles are sold in South Africa, Russia, Myanmar, the SAARC region, and the Middle East.
The Jamshedpur facility was Tata Motors’ first, set up in 1945, to manufacture steam locomotives. It led the company’s foray into commercial vehicles in 1954. It has been modernized through the decades, with a particularly intense scale in the last 10 years.
Modern World Class Manufacturing Facility
The plant houses a world class Design and Engineering Centre. The centre is responsible for the conceptualization and integration of Tata Motors’ current and future truck range. The centre undertakes complex digital design through 3D visualization of new truck models, including that of its features and electrical systems. It also houses a comprehensive facility for benchmarking, prototype planning, vehicle assembly, chassis fabrication, and a customization unit. The testing unit also includes engine performance testing, indoor and outdoor vehicle testing, NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) testing, durability testing and other performance related developments.
The state-of-the-art engine assembly shop manufactures the Tata 697/497 naturally aspirated and turbo charged engines, with a capacity of supplying up to 200 engines per day.
The Truck factory’s main assembly line rolls out one truck every 5 minutes. The other line is dedicated to special purpose vehicles and for meeting the requirements of the defense sector. The world-class facility incorporates a flexible approach to manufacturing, such that it is ready to respond rapidly to changing customer needs.
The fully equipped Foundry supplies high-grade SG Iron Castings, and is rated as one of the highly automated foundries in the world. It has a technologically advanced high pressure moulding line, with a rated production capacity of 90 moulds per hour.
As one of the most modern forging set-ups in the country, the forging unit produces critical forgings like, crankshafts, front axle beams, and steering parts for the automobile plant. It has a capacity to forge front axle beams at 90 sec per piece and crankshafts at 120 sec per piece. The Forge has been certified as ISO 9002 and QS 9000 by the BVQI.
The facility also houses a Cab & Cowl Factory, which is equipped with an automated centralized paint shop with a provision for metallic painting. Centralized Trim Lines lead to improvement in logistics flow and a Shower testing facility in the vehicle dispatch area. The facility is also equipped with a clean room for CRDI engines, to ensure a dust-free environment for fitment of critical parts, a Training Division, and Driver Training centre, with the latest technologies.
Some key technologies in Tata Motors M&HCV trucks today are ABS (Anti-Lock Breaking system), automatic transmission, enhanced HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems, telematics for fleet tracking, power steering, motorized headlamps, adjustable telescopic steering systems, cold start, on-board diagnosis, pneumatically suspended seats, keyless entry, light intensity control (for Prima cabin), music system, clutch pedal assist, electronic instrument cluster and other ergo pack features. Electronic stability control (ESC) in tractors and Anti slip regulation (ASR) are new technologies being developed.
Corporate Social Responsibility
While making technological, product and service advancements, the plant has been deeply committed to the communities among which it operates. Working closely with various NGOs, it has pioneered initiatives in Health, Education, Livelihood, and Environment. These initiatives have resulted in significant progress in community and social forestry, sustainable development of wastelands, road construction, rural health and education, development of rural industries, water supply, and family planning.