Pumping up collaborations

The world today understands that to achieve success, change is a necessary element. This fact has led to many industries constantly looking for the opportunity to improve. Nowhere is this more evident than in the automotive industry. As emission standards change, finding ways to upgrade systems across all platforms remains the best way to help create a better future. Learning from the past and building on its achievements represents one of these avenues to the future. Bosch exemplifies this idea, with the redesigned plug-in pump (CP4i-ME) for fuel injection that enables the system to meet BS VI norms.

PictographA project as extensive as planning the future can only be achieved by teams across the world working together. By exchanging information, common goals can be identified and solutions can be found much faster. The development of the plug-in pump saw Halesha Prakash Gowda, senior manager, and his team constantly interacting with their counterparts in Europe while they sought to design pumps that could meet similar requirements in both the regions. Bosch realized that the requirements of India and Europe could be achieved through a singular solution.

PictographAmong other tasks, a key challenge both teams sought to address during the development process was the separation of fuel from oil. The plug-in pump, developed by Bosch, avoids such a mix, thereby enabling the use of emission optimized nozzles and exhaust gas after treatment. Instead of working on their designs separately and duplicating the required effort, the teams combined their efforts to create a single design that could be used across all Bosch locations. This newly designed pump can now deal with more pressure in the engine and deliver increased hydraulic efficiency compared to current plug-in pumps for BS IV. What’s more, the knowledge gained from this project can be applied elsewhere to enhance all automotive systems and benefit the company on a whole.

About the author



Head, Energy business, Bosch India
Mr. CM Venugopalan is currently the head of Bosch India’s Energy business. He joined the Group in April 1999 and has since held various managerial positions in corporate and technical areas of Bosch in India and Germany. Mr. Venugopalan is a member of Indian chapter of ACATECH, the German science & technology forum. Prior to joining Bosch, he was associated with Defence establishments in many positions for 9 years. He holds a Masters in Software systems from BITS Pilani and has done Executive General Management Program from IIM-B.

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