India lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries is set to introduce more robots to its manufacturing plants in a bid to improve quality control.
The first stage of the transformation from human to robot workers will be completed by the fourth quarter of this year using technology from US lead-acid company East Penn Manufacturing.
Starting at its existing 25-acre facility at Haldia in Bengal, the two-year, Rs 1,400 crore ($208.6million) project, will be rolled out into other exide manufacturing facilities, reports India news source DNA.
The news comes as Exide plans to use punch grid technology to produce next-generation high-performance long-life batteries primarily for the after-market.
“We would be using highly automated robotic machines where human skill would not be there. We are taking the human skill out of the manufacturing process and not leaving anything to chance,” said Gautam Chatterjee, managing director and CEO, Exide.
Meanwhile, the company’s board has appointed banker Bharat Dhirajlal Shah as its chairman.