Gates with solution-oriented technology week

Gates India conducted a technology week from September 16-20, at different locations of its top clients like JCB, Ashok Leyland, John Deere, Caterpillar, M&M and CNH. During these meetings, the Gates global experts teamed up with local application and technical engineers to arrive at solutions to customers’ product issues. Gates presented the technological advancements in motion technology in-line with its vision of being partner of choice for its customers.
On day one, Gates team conducted technology workshop at JCB, Ballabgarh and the teams shared the best-in-class benchmarking. As a truly global supplier, Gates is working with JCB to benchmark its machines to reach same aesthetics, performance and reliability levels as anywhere in the world by keeping local conditions in mind. Progressive improvement in FPM, hydraulic cleanliness levels and prototyping capability to support new global platforms were discussed and is under implementation.
Day two was reserved to allow interaction between Gates team and executive team of Ashok Leyland, Leyland Deere and CAT in Chennai. Latest technology in rigid tubing, quick lock and flexible, compact design features in hose assembly were discussed at length. Gates is present directly or through its distribution at these customers, and strengthening of ties through direct participation was discussed to improve the quality, speed and performance of the hydraulic system.
On day three, a day-long Technology Day was conducted at Mahindra & Mahindra at Mahindra Research Valley, Chennai. In addition to presentations and exhibition of automotive technologies, some technologies on industrial side were also presented. Breakout sessions were conducted to discuss specific issues and possible solutions in-line to the latest in technological advancements. Both Gates Global as well as India team were a part of this Integrated Technology Day. Around 240 technical employees of M&M participated and increased their knowledge on Gates technologies. The seminar presentations included ECVT for GIO, hot oil belt, electrical water pumps, belt-tensioners/idlers synchronisation, engine hose, clamps, hose and tubing technological advancements.
Day four was spent at customer plants of Eicher Motors, Pithampur, JCB Talegaon and MVML, Chakan where Gates team “walk around” and shared feedback with customers. Discussion at Eicher Motors expanded from AID, hot oil belt to start stop for smaller tonnage vehicle to power steering applications. Gates will offer system efficiencies analysis and will partner with them on new technology fronts (QuickLok, Sentry IQ, and tubing). Gates plans to strengthen its presence in Pune and it was shared and was welcomed by customers.
On September 20, automotive expert team visited Tata Motors in Pune, and industrial expert team visited CNH, Pithampur to conduct a technology introduction workshop. While discussions at Tata Motors were centered around QMT, AID and Start Stop for low horse power engines, Gates superiority on products, new technologies, applications and capabilities were shared at CNH with team from sourcing, design and product support. CNH put forth their expectations of Gates in technology, product assurance and cost competitiveness. Opportunity in farm equipment as well as construction equipment were discussed in details and path forward agreed.

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