Atlas Copco undertakes a lot of field trials and more than a year of R&D before launching any products.
A customer always sees the value he will get from the product he is buying. So, other than launching new products, technology advancements are always in our pipeline,' says Nitin Lall, General Manager, Atlas Copco India, Power Technique Customer Center. He shares more...
What's new: At Excon, we launched the new HiLight V5+ LED light tower which as a full unit is compliant to CPCB II (Central Pollution Control Board II) norms. We have designed a strong patented HardHat TM canopy specially designed to withstand tough conditions in tough terrains. This light tower can be used to illuminate a cricket ground, in the pharmaceutical industry for movement of logistics at night, and at airports for luggage handling besides other applications.
Technological innovations: From our compressor range at Atlas Copco Power Technique, we are focused on small and medium air compressors, which are used for applications such as quarrying and dimensional stone, which are on the increase right now. We also offer power drills with which you drill rock, which is a key ingredient for all infrastructure projects. A large part of what we sell in compressors also goes for drilling for water. And, that is used for irrigation primarily and for home consumption. In any industry, people like to have two technologies: Focussing on how fast drilling can be done and how much less energy can be consumed. A portable compressor can be powered by a diesel engine or an electrical motor using electricity. So, in both cases, it is some form of energy. And, Atlas Copco always wishes to consume less energy while rendering higher output.
Another product we have launched is the XRHS650 dual pressure compressor. Strata with higher depths of drilling need more pressure, which can sometimes mean higher consumption of energy. If you go deep 20 bar from the first meter, you are actually burning extra diesel. That's what customers don't need - rather, they need that when you go shallow depths you do 17 bar pressure selection and when you go deeper you do 20 bar. We are working on two to three different electric models as well; we are constantly working on different concepts and innovations.
Big opportunity: I am buoyant that this year at Excon is good overall. Right now, infrastructure is playing a key role for everyone. In general, there is an increased focus in this segment, driven by roads and partly from railways and metro-rail as well.
There is some action happening in every segment of infrastructure: Flyovers, roads, sea links, ports. I am bullish about the industry growing at 15-20 per cent in the next two to three years. And, I expect Atlas Copco as a company to grow faster than the industry. We will launch advanced technology products to grow faster than the industry; for that, we will continuously innovate.