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NEW DELHI: Aerospace is going to be one of the key growth verticals for the recently listed Tata Technologies. The company is in talks with several air taxi makers abroad to collaborate on the tech front. It is also providing solution to airlines and maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) firms for speeding up the process of making grounded planes fly again and for using AI to identify the fault lines in airframes, respectively.

Aloke Palsikar, Tata Tech EVP and head of aerospace & industrial heavy machinery sales, told TOI Monday: “We are in touch with some of these new age companies abroad in the air taxi space for a range of services, especially electrification. This is a nascent industry.”

Tata Tech has three major verticals — automotive, industrial heavy machinery and aerospace. “Our parentage comes from automobile and aerospace is one of the strongest spinoffs for us. We are extremely excited about (aero) sector because that’s where we see a lot of potential for future of our growth of our company,” he said. The company works with airlines, MROs and big original equipment manufacturers (OEM) including Airbus, GE, Air India group airlines and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL).

“We engage with OEMs as well and their suppliers on a variety of things. We work on the parts and subsystems of aircraft which then gets integrated either at the design, or manufacturing or after service stage. Tata Tech provides the tech for frame which holds the aircraft together and electrical wiring. Most of the big aerospace companies are running huge backlog. We help increase throughput from current levels through tech like robotics,” Palsikar said.

The company says there is increasing demand for its passenger aircraft to freighter (P2F) tech. “The whole aircraft has to be stripped apart, remodelled and then it again runs for 10, 15 years as a freighter. We have at least 5-6 P2F flying here today, including the first A320 (to be converted in India). We had a role to play from the engineering side.”

The company is currently focussing on providing tech to airlines to have their planes that were kept in storage during Covid back in the air quickly. While almost all single aisles are back in air, some widebodies are still on the ground. “When an aircraft comes to a hangar, there are people who will look from the bottom to the top. But if you use artificial intelligence algorithms you can just quickly get through it. Smart inspection tools reduces the time taken to physically inspect an aircraft.”

Tata Tech is working on inventory management f aircraft spares as the next few years will see many more airports and matching the part where it is to where it is required will be the key to minimise an aircraft remains on ground awaiting that.

  • Published On Feb 28, 2024 at 12:59 PM IST

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