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Automotive Die-Cast Manufacturer Finds Non-Contact Detection System Solves Its Broken Tool Problem

For any manufacturing company to be a market leader and become more competitive, it is vital to reduce costs, maintain quality, and provide timely delivery. Munjal Castings, based in Ludhiana, India, has moved closer to these goals by implementing a broken-tool detection system.

Established in 1980, Munjal Castings is part of The Hero Group, and caters primarily to Hero Majestic in the automotive industry. The company currently employs 1,200 people at two plants, where it manufactures quality aluminum die cast components using 20 machine tools.

Renishaw's TRS2 resolved the tool breakage problem at Munjal Castings.

 

 

Munjal Castings has emerged as one of the trusted names in the aluminum and zinc die casting industry, supplying 600 tons of castings each month, with a turnover of 1.5 billion INR.

The company supplies components to Hero MotorCorp Ltd, Suzuki Group, Hyundai, Hero Cycles, Nissan, Tata, GM, and Daimler Chrysler, as well as supplying the export market. Aware of the vast business potential in the international automotive industry, the company has commissioned a third plant which is ISO TS 16949:2000 certified and has a capacity of 100 machines.

Challenge

A major challenge to overcome was frequent tool breakage, which caused delays in production and led to high levels of scrap and financial loss in terms of materials and time. The reputation of the company was at stake, as even a single substandard component could negatively affect goodwill towards Munjal Castings in the market.

Solution

Renishaw TRS2 systems were installed at Munjal Castings to address this challenge.

The non-contact broken tool detection system was responsible for a 26% increase in OEE.

 

 

The TRS2 is an award-winning non-contact broken tool detection system for machining centers. It determines whether a tool is present by analyzing reflective light patterns and ignores any that are created by coolant and swarf, thereby eliminating false indications of a broken tool.

Mr. P. L. Arora, Senior Vice-President of Munjal Castings, said: "The company was incurring huge financial losses due to high rejections. This prompted the management to pursue increased automated solutions and they purchased TRS2 from Renishaw. After installing 16 TRS2 systems, huge savings in costs and time have become a reality."

The company's vision is to increase exports from 400 million INR to 1,000 million INR in the next three years. To achieve this, it has decided to increase automation with the help of process control solutions.

This TRS2 is installed on one of Munjal's machines. The company supplies 200,000 castings daily to the automotive industry.

 

 

According to Munjal Castings, machines with TRS2 installed have had their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) increased from 50 percent to 76 percent. The target is to increase the OEE to 85 percent. Previously, 250 finished components were produced daily on each machine. Following installation of the TRS2 systems, production increased to 270 components per day.

Mr. Arora concluded: "Maintaining quality, cost and delivery within stringent deadlines is our company's unique selling point, which has helped us to stand apart from others. Daily, we supply 200,000 castings with 150 different component types to the automobile industry. Renishaw's products are reliable and are of high quality. With faith in Renishaw's technology, the management is confident of achieving greater results and reaching its targets."

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