State government officials last week inspected car plants of Renault Nissan Automotive India, Ford India, Hyundai Motor India and asked them to follow the new guidelines.
Renault And Nissan India
The fight between Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd and its employee union Renault Nissan (India) Thozilar Sangam (RNITS) has intensified on Monday. The counsel for Hyundai Motor India Limited has sought a copy to have a look at the government inspection report.
Appearing for Hyundai Motor, his lawyer requested for a copy of the report recommending a uniform Covid-19 guideline for automobile units to maintain social distancing by the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health.
The court ordered an inquiry on June 8
The court had on June 8 ordered the Directorate of Industrial Safety to visit Renault Nissan Automotive’s factory and other passenger vehicle manufacturers located here to arrive at a uniform COVID-19 safety guideline. On 8 June, Renault Nissan’s lawyer told the court that the company was not being singled out as any of the other automotive units – Hyundai Motor, Ford India, BMW, Daimler and others – based here or in the country of Maruti. The way is to maintain a 3:1 empty pitch.
As a result, the court ordered a senior official of the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health to visit automobile plants to issue uniform guidelines for maintaining social distancing in factories.
RNITS President K. According to Balaji Krishnan, a 3:1 empty pitch means that after three cars in the conveyor belt, a slot will be empty so that a worker does not need to move to the next workstation to complete his work.
This guideline issued for inspection
State government officials last week inspected car plants of Renault Nissan Automotive India, Ford India, Hyundai Motor India and made recommendations that include…
– Shifting of jobs to different stations/sub-assembly areas will be implemented, reducing the speed of conveyors.
-Create new workstations to reduce the number of jobs per station.
– Reduce the number of jobs per station by converting some jobs into sub-assembly areas and may introduce pre-assembled modules into assembly lines;
– Secret work stations with more than two workers to be re-allocated jobs in two worker work stations.
– Location and order of jobs in workplaces will be adjusted to maintain social distancing;
– Provide face shields to workers;
– Overlapping of workers due to job carryover should be avoided by providing additional allowance by stopover of conveyor and necessary set up should be done to stop the conveyor.
Vaccination of all workers on the assembly line.
Renault Nissan Automotive gave this argument
The lawyer for Renault Nissan Automotive told the court that the company accepts all the recommendations and necessary changes will be made by July 1. Agreeing with this argument, the court said that on July 2, inspection will be done by the Directorate of Industrial Safety.
Renault wanted to cancel the order on maintenance of 3:1 empty pitch on the Nissan Automotive Conveyor Line as the inspection report also stated that it did not meet the social distancing objective. Along with this, the lawyer of the company also said that the jobs are being re-allocated.
Hyundai Motor is working in this way
Since the inspection report has recommended similar guidelines for automotive units, the counsel for Hyundai Motor wanted to take a look at the report and sought a copy. Whether Hyundai Motor will present itself in the matter will be known later but it seems that the issue has spread from one carmaker to two carmakers.
As per the inspection report, Hyundai Motor has a total manpower of 12,291, post lockdown 10,532 pre-lockdown. The company rolled out 2,535 cars per day before the lockdown and it was 1,816 cars per day after the lockdown. The total length and speed of Hyundai Motor’s two conveyors are: i-960 m, 4.8 m/min ii-1,891.5 m, 5.94 m/min. While there was no speed change in the conveyor line before and after the lockdown, Hyundai Motor has increased the number of work stations in the assembly line.
Ford India adopted this method
Similarly, Ford India has two conveyors – i-918m (assembling the EcoSport), i-75m (assembling the Endeavor model). During the lockdown, the speed of the eye conveyor was reduced from 3.4 m/min to 2.9 m/min, while the second line was operated manually. In both lines, the number of workstations decreased, while in line I the number of workers went down, in line II it went up after the lockdown.
In the case of Renault Nissan Automotive, the total manpower before and after the lockdown was 8,534 (production of 934 cars per day) and 8,432 (production of 540 cars per day). As per the inspection report, due to non-availability of sufficient time in some work stations, the unfinished work is carried over to the next work and causes overlapping.
The report states that a proper work study is to be done and based on the time and motion study, the respective jobs may be shifted to other workstations or given more time to avoid overlapping. The report states that the length of the assembly line and the speed of the conveyor are important factors.
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