MIL - Lighting Division
With an integrated vision of becoming the best supplier in technology, service & support for automotive lamps, Minda Industries Limited - Lighting Division is a well known name amongst the OEMs for its technical edge.
Apart from setting up the Taiwan Design centre, the self reliance strategy permeates all 'technology' decisions the lighting division makes; be it a constant innovation in product development, concurrent engineering concepts, customized and collaborative engineering, Seven Gate Project Management System or a stream of investments in upgrading machinery and manufacturing plants. Skill up gradation of people is another major component of this strategy.
The technology paradigm starts from the engineering arena where optical, thermal and feasibility studies are initiated at the conceptual stage. These then extend to Styling, Product designing, DFMEA (Design Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) and Prototyping.
Joint DFMEA and vehicle level analysis (PFMEA- Process Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) are conducted with customers to ensure a robust development process.
The development of the product involves an array of qualitative processes including Production Engineering, Tooling, Quality Engineering and Lab Management.
Collaborative engineering involves customers from vehicle design stage; concept development, Computer graphics, CAD Modelling, VA/VE Ideas, Simulations and Rapid Prototyping. The Value Analysis and Value Engineering (VA/VE) proposals to customers at the time of development, provide them cost effective solutions.
Minda Lighting undertakes many design processes, unique to India, viz. joint DFMEA and PFMEA processes, Multi color injection molding, Bezel metalizing facility and Prototyping soft tooling; not offered by any other auto lighting manufacturer in India.
The manufacturing assembly line includes many avantgarde machines like CNC Milling Machine (Deckel Maho), EDM Machines (Electronika), CNC Wirecut (Makino), Spark Machines (Electronika), Sealing Techniques through german machines and other conventional machines.
Product validation procedures are incorporated to maintain excellence benchmarks viz; Illumination Tests, Vibration Test Rig, Environment Testing, Endurance Tests, High Voltage Insulation Tests, Fatigue Test Chamber, Salt Sprays Tests and Photometric Testing.
Stringent Quality control processes like Poka Yoke and Red Bin Quality Review systems, Daily Review meetings at Gemba and Sendai checks are built-in, to ensure lowest defective parts per million.