Farm mechanization is the key success factor in agricultural sector and the contribution of tractors towards this is significant. The Government of India has initiated a lot of measures to improve the return on investment for farmers in the competitive market scenario. It is one of the vital points which has made the Indian tractor industry as one of the largest in the world in its class.
SAEINDIA is a national association of more than 8200 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and off highway industries. SAEINDIA is the largest affiliate of SAE International which is having foot print in 113 countries.
SAEINDIA Southern Section (SAEISS) initiated a Tractor Design Competition (TDC) for the undergraduate engineering students in India. TDC exposes young student engineers to understand the customer requirements, design, build and test the 17 hp tractor. TDC was launched by SAEISS in the presence of Mr.Cuneyt L. Oge, SAE International President in October 2016. In TDC the engine and rear tyre size were specified. The engineering students had to design, manufacture, assemble, and prove their tractors before a team of technical experts.
SAEISS TDC was sponsored by TAFE, a leading tractor manufacturer and Simpsons which is a leading engine manufacturer for Tractors in India. Engineers from TAFE and Simpsons conducted three workshops on various aspects of the tractor design. Each TDC team submitted their design report which was evaluated by chief judges Mr. C.Varadarajan and Mr.S.Nakkeran. Both of them visited the colleges of the 22 registered teams in March 2018 for preliminary inspection and gave feedback which made many teams to enhance their tractors substantially.
The finals of TDC – 2018 event was hosted by SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) at their Kattangulatur campus, Chennai from the 21st to 23rd June 2018. This competition included design report presentation, technical inspection of the tractor both for safety and performance. Out of the 22 teams registered, 16 teams demonstrated their tractors in maneuverability and durability tracks.
This tractor design competition is the first of its kind in Asia. The primary objective of this event was to induce interest in the design of tractor and to improve students employability skills. In addition to building technical competencies, student engineers learn to prepare business cases for the project, behavioral competencies like communication, team work and leadership skills.
TDC 2018 was inaugurated by Mr.S.Sriraman, Chairman, SAEISS and Senior Vice President (R&D), TAFE on 21st June 2018. He appreciated the hard work put in by students and their faculty advisors to reach the TDC – 2018 finals. He told students to make use of the opportunity to discuss various aspects of design with the Industry experts during the course of this event. Dr.D.Kingsly Jeba Singh, Dean, School of Mechanical Engg., SRMIST, was also present.
The chief guest for the valedictory function was Mr.P.S.Rajamani, Whole Time Director, Simpsons, Chennai. He spoke on the need for giving hands-on experience to engineering students in their college days and this will make them “Industry Ready” on completion of their degree. He awarded cash prizes to all the winning teams. Team from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore was the overall champion. SAEISS TDC – 2019 was launched during the valedictory function. Mr.C.Sivakumar, Champion TDC – 2018 proposed the vote of thanks.