Consistency breeds success, and this philosophy has guided many businesses to the top of their industry, setting them apart from their competitors. Dran Engineers Pvt. Ltd (Dran Engineers) is one company that lives by this principle.
In 1982, the automotive components manufacturer started its operations by handling small assemblies for the automotive industry in Pune, India. Fast forward to today, the company now has branch offices in Delhi and Chennai, and largely focuses on delivering turnkey projects for major automobile clients, including Tata Motors, Mahindra, Baja, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, and Royal Enfield. The delivery of consistent quality over the course of the last 30 years has brought Dran Engineers success, allowing them to grow, evolve, and excel as a one stop solution provider today.
A choice partner for automotive companies in India, Dran Engineers fulfils the entire planning and production process – all the way from outlining the project’s operational framing to execution – for its clients. This includes obtaining a brief with given parameters from clients, engineering the entire turnkey process, evaluating the equipment list, designing the plant layout, providing tool design and manufacturing expertise, assembling the complete set-up after inspection, and finally, shipping the end product to its client’s site.
The manufacturer credits its success today to its strict stance on consistency. “When we started to tackle more complicated processes like assembly inspection, welding fixtures, CNC machining fixtures, and measuring precision machined components, we immediately considered FARO’s measurement solutions,” said Mr. Sachin Nagpure, Director at Dran Engineers. “With FARO, we were assured that each measurement and scan would be accurate and consistent, and those were important factors for us.”
12 years ago, the company expanded from handling small assemblies to manufacturing jigs and fixtures. Along with that move, Dran Engineers realized they had to replace their inspection methods as well – giving up conventional measurement tools like vernier calipers, height gauges, and cantilever CMMs for FARO’s advanced portable 3D measurement solutions – to achieve better accuracy, precision, and productivity in its operations.
The manufacturer has since invested in a total of three FaroArm devices – the FARO Platinum, FARO Prime, and the FARO Edge. These coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are advanced portable metrology solutions that enable manufacturers easy verification of product quality by performing tasks including 3D inspections, tool certifications, computer-aided design (CAD) comparison, dimensional analysis, and reverse engineering.
Dran Engineers use the portable FaroArm right on the shop floor.
At the beginning, Dran Engineers tried to apply its conventional measurement tools to inspect the fixtures in its turnkey projects. However, it was not long before the team noticed that the results were inaccurate. At Dran Engineers, component sizes can vary from 1 to 10 meters, and weigh between 5 kg to 50 kg. In fact, fixtures can even measure up to metric tons in weight, which makes it physically challenging to conduct manual measurements. The conventional tools were unable to provide accurate measurement recordings, and the process was often time-consuming, which was a major inconvenience for the manufacturer.
Inspecting fixtures with the FaroArm helped Dran Engineers reduce the time spent on measurements by 50%.
Since adopting FARO’s solutions, the team at Dran Engineers has experienced a complete change in the inspection process, as FARO now satisfies their measurement needs. The FaroArm devices provided the manufacturer with vital measurement support in important application areas, including calibration, inspection, dimensional calculations, quality control, and free-form component inspection. Used up to 16 hours daily in the production zone, the FaroArm is constantly relied on for fixture inspections, and it provides operators with accurate measurements in half the time that the manual process used to take.
Mr. Nagpure shared, “All fixtures are inspected by our FaroArm devices and results have been consistent. The best thing is that the entire measurement and inspection process now takes us just 5 hours!
Years ago, it took us 10 hours to complete our quality checks, and it was much more tedious. However, with FARO’s metrology solutions, we’ve been able to acquire accurate data in a shorter time. A 50% reduction in inspection time has been most advantageous for us, enabling us to deliver automotive fixtures on time.”
With FARO, Dran Engineers has continued to achieve precision measurements in its fixture inspections, allowing the manufacturer to deliver high quality automotive components to its clients. By constantly designing fixtures of high caliber, Dran Engineers soon became one of the most sought after automotive providers for its turnkey components, thus, increasing its references. The company refused to compromise on the quality of its fixtures even during busy peak periods, and has continued to deliver quality work by outsourcing measurement and inspection tasks to service providers who also utilize the FaroArm technology.
An employee carries out inspection checks with the FaroArm, completing his task to high standards.
Mr. Nagpure elaborated, “India is a major automotive hub with domestic and international competitors, and we have to constantly prove our capabilities to retain our edge in this market. We take pride in our work, and emphasize on producing quality work at all stages. Other providers are also manufacturing fixtures, so it’s essential for us to deliver high quality components to stay competitive. Since we are using FARO’s solutions in our operations, naturally we will outsource to service providers who employ FARO’s measurement devices to keep the entire process consistent. This is extremely important and is a non-negotiable for us.”
By upholding its motto of working towards perfection and delivering projects on time, Dran Engineers continues to secure year on year orders from OEMs and automotive suppliers such as JCB, TVS Motors, SKH Metals, Badve Engineers, Ashok Leyland, Renault, Honda Cars India Ltd., John Deere, SML Isuzu Ltd and SKH Metals.
Components manufactured by Dran Engineers are of a high quality, and they are delivered to clients on time.
Apart from servicing its clients in the Automotive industry, the manufacturer is also active in the heavy engineering sector, and has supported clients such as JCB and Caterpillar. Through it all, Mr. Nagpure maintains that the company would not have been able to achieve success in both industries without FARO, and he cites the metrology expert as critical in its future export plans.
Referencing Dran Engineers’ growing variety of components designed for two- and four-wheeler OEMs, Mr. Nagpure shared, “We’ve utilized FARO’s solutions faithfully for more than a decade, and the FaroArm continues to satisfy our needs, even as we expand our range of components. We’ll continue to leverage on FARO’s technologies as it has worked well for us, giving us consistent and accurate measurements. We’ve also recommended FARO to our clients and suppliers, and we hope that they can enjoy the same benefits.”
Established in 1982, Dran Engineers first started its operations by handling small assemblies for the automotive industry, before expanding its services to include the manufacturing of jigs and fixtures, specifically on welding fixtures and special purpose machines. Dran Engineers specializes in turnkey projects, and its in-house facilities comprises of an engineering design center, a fully equipped tool room, an assembly and trial area, and an inspection facility. The company is based in India, and has a total staff strength of 200 spread across its headquarters in Pune and two branch offices in Delhi and Chennai.
For more information, please visit: www.dranindia.com
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