Tata AutoComp Systems has opened a new laser scouring facility at its interiors and plastic division plant at Chinchwad, Pune. The new technology, the first of its kind in India, will considerably simplify the construction of airbag flaps, reducing the cost of production significantly.
Laser scouring is a process in which a laser creates integrated pre-weakened lines for air bags on the rear of dashboard finishes. A specially designed sensor system prevents the laser from penetrating the material completely. It creates tapped blind holes in a defined row, which weakens the part and breaks open when the air bag is triggered.
Tata AutoComp Systems executive director & COO, RS Thakur, said: “With the awareness of passenger safety increasing, increasing number of vehicles [will] offer airbags [as standard]. With the availability of laser scouring in India, [automakers] get the benefit of better design and finish.”President and business group head, Arvind Goel, added: “[The technology] has been adapted and used by all leading auto OEMs and we anticipate a huge demand from both domestic and global OEMs based in India.”
The interiors and plastics division provides functional and kinematic plastic parts and systems to automakers. Products include bumpers, front grilles, side mouldings, door panels, cowl grilles, air vents, grab handles, floor panels, cockpits, front panels other small plastic parts.
Tata AutoComp Systems supplies automakers in India and overseas as well as Tier 1 suppliers.