Automobile industry across the world is witnessing sweeping changes and the efforts for constant improvement of quality should keep in mind the ‘tsunami-like’ disruptive changes as the products undergoing improvement may suddenly become obsolete, said former Tata Motors Managing Director Ravi Kant.
“The automobile industry has to be understood in terms of scale in which it is growing, complexity of its dynamics with multiple players offering multiple products and the hard hitting changes that will shake the very basis of the approach to quality improvement,” Mr Kant said, citing examples of electric cars and underlining the shift from mechanical components to electronics and software content of vehicles.
Mr Kant speaking at a function to release “Auto components: Failure Analysis” – a book written by former Tata Motors vice president in charge of Quality Control S. P. Joshi.
City-based Inspire Multimedia has published the book. The release function was marked by the presence of automobile industry stalwarts including former Tata Motors Managing Director for India Business Prakash Telang, ARAI Director Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Tata Motors Chief Operating Officer Satish Borwankar, former executive director Ravi Pisharody, Sakal Media Group head Pratap Pawar and Sanjay Kulkarni, Chief Executive of Inspire Multimedia.
Mr Joshi, who served a long tenure as Quality Head for Tata Motors, has based his book on his experiences while holding the position and used technical information as well as case studies for a better understanding of the reasons for failure of components in automobiles and ways to rectify them. Mr Joshi said one has to keep in mind the time and cost of developing a solution to a problem with a part or system of a vehicle. The learnings picked during this process should be used when solving future problems, Mr Joshi said.
The book is under translation in Hindi, Tamil and Bengali languages for a likely release in early 2019. The function also saw the launch of website www.autofailureguide.com, which is the online version of the book. The proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Tata Cancer Research Centre, Kolkata.
Earlier, in a panel discussion speakers from diverse areas within automobile engineering field exchanged their thoughts on “Quality Excellence : Journey to Customer Satisfaction.” Senior President of ZF Steering Gears Chandrakant Dange, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department of Shegaon Engineering College Dr Trikal, Key Accounts Manager at ITAS Harshawardhan Joshi UNIDO national co-ordinator K Chandrasekharan participated in the panel discussion.
Mr Kulkarni proposed the vote of thanks. Yogini Gandhi compered the function.