TAFE sponsors SAEISS Tractor Design Competition - 2018
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TAFE and SAEISS inspire young minds to design tractors

Nurturing young minds is an essential part of TAFE’s journey of Cultivating the World. With the significant increase in the tractor industry’s growth, it is evident that farm mechanization is a key factor in the success of our country’s agricultural sector. Encouraging the youth of the country to take more interest in farming and empowering them with knowledge on the industry is essential to accelerate this growth.

SAE INDIA Southern Section (SAEISS) has been organizing a Tractor Design Competition (TDC) since October 2016 for the undergraduate engineering students of India. The competition was launched by SAEISS in the presence of Mr. Cuneyt Oge, SAE International and gives engineering students an opportunity to understand the customer requirements, design, build and test various tractor models, including a 17 hp tractor. The engineering students have to design, manufacture, assemble, and prove their tractors before a team of technical experts.

This year, the SAEISS Tractor Design Competition was sponsored by TAFE, and Simpsons, and engineers from both TAFE and Simpsons conducted three workshops on the various aspects of tractor design. Each team submitted their design report which was evaluated by the chief judges Mr. C. Varadarajan and Mr. S. Nakkeran. The judges visited the colleges of the 22 registered teams in March 2018 for a preliminary inspection and gave feedback which significantly helped the teams enhance their tractor designs.

The finals of the competition was hosted by SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) at their Kattangulatur campus, Chennai from 21st to 23rd June, 2018. The competition included design report presentation, and technical inspection of the tractor for both safety and performance. Out of the 22 registered teams, 16 teams demonstrated their tractors in maneuverability and durability tracks. The team from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore was the overall champion and SAEISS TDC – 2019 was launched during the valedictory function.

This tractor design competition is a first of its kind in Asia with a primary objective to encourage interest in the design of tractor and to improve students’ employability. In addition to building technical competencies, student engineers learn to prepare business cases for the project, behavioral competencies like communication, team work and leadership skills.

Tractor Design Competition 2018 was inaugurated by Mr. S. Sriraman, Chairman, SAEISS and Senior Vice President (R&D), TAFE on June 21, 2018. He appreciated the hard work put in by students and their faculty advisors to reach the finals and told students to make use of the opportunity to discuss various aspects of design with the Industry experts during the course of this event. Dr. D. Kingsly Jeba Singh, Dean, School of Mechanical Engineering., SRMIST, and Mr. P. S. Rajamani, Whole Time Director, Simpsons, Chennai also attended the event as guests.

Venkateswaran K, Elango. R, Bhagwat Nagalwade, from TAFE R&D COE participated and presented a technical paper in the Fluid Power Technical Seminar (FPTS)
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TAFE R&D presents paper on enhanced new product development

Fluid Power Society of India conducted the Fluid Power Technical Seminar (FPTS) in Bangalore on June 19 and 20, 2018. Venkateswaran K, Elango. R, Bhagwat Nagalwade, from TAFE R&D COE participated and presented a technical paper in the seminar.

The paper presented was titled “Methodology Adapted in Hydraulic System Simulation to Enhance New Product Development” was well received by the audience and committee members, and awarded a certificate and shield for the paper.

This paper focuses mainly on simulation driven product development as one of the methods to reduce lead time for concept creation, concept optimization and to reduce the product development cost. It is detailed into three major categories:

1) Overview of model based system engineering in product development

2) Simulation methodology demonstration of a hydraulic system through AMESim software, and

3) Challenges faced by OEM

This paper presents the methods used in modeling of a tractor hydraulic system with assumptions and meeting the performance requirements. It elaborates the modeling of each sub system and validation of subsystem. The paper also explains the identification of critical factors, sensitivity study and Design of Experiments (DoE) on performance parameters and its ability to size for the given product specification through simulation.

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TAFE TRIBE – Original TAFE Merchandise

A brand new way of life. 
A legacy. Your identity. 
Welcome to the TRIBE.


TAFE TRIBE – The Original Merchandise portal of TAFE – Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, offers a range of interesting, high quality products to choose from, each with their own unique identity. 

Every product embodies the essence of TAFE’s brand and its globally renowned standards of design, quality and efficiency. Many are directly inspired by the design language of our machines while others celebrate TAFE’s rich heritage. 

With a wide range of collectibles, toys, shirts, T-shirts, caps, jackets, ties, sweatshirts, sippers, mugs, USB / pen-drives, wallets, key-rings, backpacks, travel bags, pens, accessories and lots more in store, you will never out of options. 

Gear up with authentic TAFE Merchandise. Live the Brand. Join the TRIBE.


  • International Security Standards (EV-SSL Certified)
  • Secure, reliable and easy payment gateway
  • Responsive and device friendly
  • Pay via credit / debit card or net banking
  • Free shipping across India (on orders above Rs. 500)
  • Promise of TAFE
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Cultivating safety measures

Mr. Karunanithi M, the Chief Security Advisor at Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited – TAFE, is a retired police veteran with 39 years of experience. Apart from overseeing the security protocols for the TAFE Group, he plays a key role in raising awareness among employees about important security measures and vigilance  for all walks of life.

He has appeared in several leading regional television debate programs discussing pertinent issues regarding law & order, and society. He also actively engages with the student community delivering a lectures and being part of panel discussions raising awareness about the need for personal vigilance. He has written articles and columns for newspapers and magazines, with one of his latest articles appearing in the Dinamalar magazine from Tamil Nadu.

Actively engaged with the community on various safety issues, Mr. Karunanithi has shown tremendous spirit and zeal to educate people. We are proud of his efforts and hopes he continues to inspire people.

S. Ravikant - Principal Member, presented a paper titled "Prospects of IoT on Tractors – Farming solutions"
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TAFE’s R&D is ‘Future Ready with IIoT’

The Fluid Power Society of India (FPSI), established in 1973 is a body that promotes fluid power knowledge and technology. TAFE participated in a recently conducted seminar by FPSI on the topic “Future Ready with IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) – applications in Fluid Power”. Part of TAFE’s R&D Hydraulics team, Mr. S. Ravikant – Principal Member, presented a paper titled “Prospects of IoT on Tractors – Farming solutions” at this seminar. He spoke about the importance of IIoT with regards to tractors and how it is revolutionizing the tractor and its capabilities.

He was accompanied by Mr. R. Elango – Senior Member and Mr. V. Vijayakumar – Member from Hydraulics Team. The seminar was well attended by engineers from component manufacturers and end users interacting with fluid power. The seminar also featured focused sessions on “Fundamentals of IIoT”, “IIoT application for Fluid Power Components” and “IIoT application by Fluid Power End Users”.

Congratulations to the Hydraulics team for its continuous efforts in learning and development in their journey of ‘Cultivating the World’.


A fresh convert to the world of dancing

Tejeswini Siddharth is the daughter of Mr. Siddharth N. C. from TAFE’s Legal Services department can be seen above showcasing her new found passion in dancing at her School Annual Day Diamond Jubilee function held at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai. A student of Dance and Music for the past 18 months, she has really taken to the art form and has shown great dedication in practise, honing her skills within a show period of time. Studying in standard IV of Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mylapore, Tejeswini is also interested in painting and crafts. These accomplishments have not come at the cost of academics as she is a merit card holding student which is a source of great joy for any parent.



International Youth Day 2015

This International Youth Day, we dedicate to our young fans,
the ones with the wind in their wings,
the game changers,
the ushers of tomorrow,
the future cultivators and providers,
the assurance of the world.


Once in a Bloom Moon

Most of us till date were unaware of the largest flower in the world. Today in Tokyo, Japan the ‘Amorphophallus Titanum’ flower bloomed at the Jindai Botanical Garden after five years. It is the largest flower but in the category of unbranched inflorescence – a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. It grows upwards of six feet and this particular flower towers upto 6.5 feet.

It is also called the ‘corpse flower’ due to the rotten meat like odor it emits for the 48 hours that it blooms. This smell is a ploy to attract insect pollinators. A native to the rainforests of western Sumatara, Indonesia, it classified as a ‘vulnerable’ species. The swollen underground storage stem (tuber) of the flower can weigh more than 75kg. It is also known to reach about 10 feet high.


Peeling off banana facts

An insightful infographic about the production, import and export of Banana. They are regarded as the most consumable fruit all over the world. Incidentally, India tops the list as the largest producer of Bananas and 26 out of the 29 states here produce it.

fao.org | theindianvegan.blogspot.in


Wheat the most famous crop

Did you know that today, wheat is grown on more land area than any other commercial crop and continues to be the most important food grain source for humans. These stats give an insight into this superstar crop…


Source: fao.org