INDUSTRIAL VISIT TO SONA KOYO STEERING SYSTEMS LTD.
19th January, 2018
SAE India Student Chapter, Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurugram organized an industrial visit to Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. for the 1st year Mechanical Engineering students. Fifty-six students along with Dr. Jyoti Anand, Faculty Coordinator, visited the company.
Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. is the group's flagship company, and the largest manufacturer of steering systems in India, catering to passenger cars, utility vehicles and light commercial vehicles established in 1985. Sona Koyo has technical and financial collaboration with JTEKT Corporation, Japan (formally known as Koyo Seiko Co. Ltd.), the largest producer of passenger vehicles' steering systems in the world.
Sona Koyo's customers include major vehicle manufactures in India such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Hyundai, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, General Motors and Ford.
The students were welcomed by Retired Col. Dharampal Dhaiya. He introduced students to other management staff members and gave some important set of rules which is to be followed during the visit.
All the students were divided in two separate groups for the visit in plants of Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd.
The students were explained parts of steering systems and their manufacturing. The students have seen different materials and machines in the manufacturing industry. They had a great experience while learning from different technical terminologies, machine working, industrial workload and time management.
There were four plants in Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd. followed by three storage units.
The basic functionalities in the industry were in U form (means initial point and the final output points were parallel to each other and all other assembly was in U shape). Using this type of formation helps the workers in performing actions step by step.
There were different automated machines, conveyor belts used in the plant 1. Next students were guided to the plant 2 for description of the pre-process done on raw material. The second plant focuses on pre-heating the raw material for further manufacturing processes.
Each and every concept and technical terms were explained in detail. The students also liked the interaction with the industry’s staff members. They shared all the beneficial information about the day to day problems they faced during manufacturing. The third and fourth plants were basically for cleaning and packaging of the outputs.
The visit provided the students a salubrious opportunity for their enhancement of technical as well as conceptual skills.