Hero Inaugurates its Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT)

Achieving a historic landmark in its illustrious journey, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL) formally inaugurated its world-class ‘Global Centre of Innovation and Technology’ (CIT) in Jaipur, Rajasthan on March 7. 

The sprawling facility houses the best global technologies in product design & development, testing and validation. The CIT also boasts of world-class test-tracks within the campus. The 16 kilometre-long tracks have 45 different surfaces to simulate real world road conditions, both Indian and global.  

Home to over 500 automotive experts with global and regional expertise, the operations at CIT will be headed by Dr Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp. 

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Braunsperger said, “The CIT is the new home of our R&D team and the commencement of operations here is a major milestone in our endeavour to ramp up the product development competency to global standards at Hero.”

The CIT houses all aspects of R&D under one roof: including self-sufficient facilities for New Product Design, Prototype Manufacturing, Testing and Validation.  

Testament of CIT green efforts, is the Platinum rating granted to the Centre by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) with a rating of 91 points, making it the highest rated facility among the manufacturing sector in India. 

In just a few years since commencing its solo journey, HMCL has already established the credentials of its R&D function with the successful launch of Maestro Edge and Duet scooters.

Highlights of Green Technologies and Design Elements 

•The 11-storey ‘ICONIC TOWER’ designed in a manner that each floor has maximum view and light

•WATER & ENERGY OPTIMISATION through design innovations

•The orientation of the buildings aligned with the wind direction, thus ensuring NATURAL VENTILATION and reduced load on cooling systems

•Advanced & more efficient ‘BIG FOOT’ air handlers, which also cool the cafeteria with smart mode.

•22 PONDS created at site to ensure maximum recharge through rain water

•Special 'GREEN MACHINE' concept in the Boulevard area - Special Flex piping concealed within the Boulevard flooring and intergraded with Big Foot handlers, reduces the load on cooling systems. 

Highlights of Laboratories, Studios and Testing at CIT

•MULTIPLE LABORATORIES: Material testing | Components/system performance & Simulation | Part level durability | Vehicle Performance & Durability | NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) | Chassis/Transient/engine dynamo-meters | Anechoic chamber | Road simulator (two posture rig) | EMC (Electro Magnetic Compatibility) and ESA Lab

•CONCEPT DESIGN STUDIOS: Equipped with latest Design software and clay modeling/milling facility

•World-class TEST TRACKS to simulate all Indian and international road conditions

•Fully-equipped DESIGN OFFICE having latest simulation software.

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