India’s Automat Irrigation Announced Winner for Technology Innovation Award for Filter System Using DuPont™ Zytel® Nylon

DuPont Advanced Material Science Helps Automat Capture Cost and Weight Savings While Improving Product Performance

16th April 2014, New Delhi: Automat Irrigation Pvt. Ltd. successfully redeveloped the hydrocyclone for drip irrigation systems by replacing metal with DuPont™ Zytel® nylon resins. Automat is India's leading irrigation company and one of the largest manufacturers of irrigation products globally.

This unique offering “Plastic Hydrocyclone Filter for Micro Irrigation” has been selected as winner for the 4th National Awards for Technology Innovation in the category of Polymers in Agriculture and Water Conservation. The National Awards for Technology Innovation in Petrochemicals have been institutionalized by the Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers, Government of India, with a view to incentivize meritorious innovations and inventions in various fields of petrochemicals and downstream plastics processing Industry.

“Weight, performance and cost are critical in our components and systems,” said Vijay Warke, vice president of operations at Automat Irrigation. “We have a long history of working with DuPont and find that working with them early in the development opens more possibilities to meet those critical challenges. The national award is the testimony of this great collaborative effort.”

Zytel® nylon was selected to replace metal because it retains rigidity at high temperatures and offers a better resistance to corrosion. With its adoption, the plastic hydrocyclone filter application offers multiple benefits including greater service life, enhanced robustness and lighter overall weight by 8 kgs. The reduction of the overall weight of the unit has resulted in reduced operator installation effort and reduced transportation costs for export sales.

Amandeep Singh Cheema, business leader, DuPont Performance Polymers, said, “We are really happy that “Plastic Hydrocyclone Filter for Micro Irrigation” has been selected winner for this national award. This innovation is a great example of plastic surpassing metal and producing multiple benefits for both the original equipment manufacturer and the consumer. We look forward to more collaboration opportunities to provide innovative light-weighting solutions in irrigation products through DuPont’s market driven science and technology and application development expertise.”

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Automat has proved its credentials and has emerged as a leader in manufacturing customized high precision parts & irrigation products. Started its operations in 1972 with a philosophy to offer quality products, today Automat manufactures top of the line irrigation products for varied clientele at multiple locations in India, for customers globally. Automat is a leading product manufacturer in the irrigation industry. The biggest strength of Automat lies in its ability to integrate knowledge, skills & resources from different fields of engineering to develop reliable products and come up with cost competitive solutions.

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