Mumbai: Till even six years back, R.S. Thakur, who was then the managing director and chief executive of Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd, harboured one niggling grouse. Despite having 18,000 employees, he was finding it increasingly difficult to get “employees to man certain positions that were slightly (थोड़ा सा) on the dangerous side”. To address the issue, he “did bounce the idea of making an industrial robot at a couple of board meetings”.
The concept, Thakur explained, was to take away “dull, dangerous and monotonous (थकाऊ) work like welding, etc., from workers who could then concentrate on higher levels of productivity”.
However, nothing firm materialized from those meetings.
A couple of years passed by and, in 2013, Thakur retired from Tata AutoComp and became non-executive director and chairman of TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd, a subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd.
Yet, the thought of making an industrial robot lingered. “After all, it was a subject close to my heart,” Thakur said.
Definitions of tedious थकाऊ
too long, slow, or dull: tiresome or monotonous.
a tedious journey