RSB Transforms [Nov 2011]
RSB Transmissions manufactures a diverse range of automotive components and systems such as propeller shafts & components, a range of axles including front axle, trailer axle, tractor axle, dummy axle & banjo axle beam and fully finished gears & shafts for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, passenger cars, tractors and light commercial vehicles. The company also produces heavy fabrications and aggregates such as frames, arms, booms and buckets for the construction equipment segment.
RSB, headquartered at Pune, has grown into an organisation with 12 manufacturing plants spread over 6 locations in India, namely Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Pune (Maharashtra), Dharwad (Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Pantnagar (Uttarakhand), Cuttack (Orissa) and one each in Homer (USA), Tessenderlo (Belgium) and Silao (Mexico). The 13th and 14th plants are under construction at Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Cuttack (Orissa) in India.
RSB also has a wholly owned Indian subsidiary named i-Design Engineering Solutions Ltd., which provides services in the field of design, development, testing and validation of engineering products especially in the automotive segment. In addition to providing captive services, it also offers similar services to external automotive and engineering companies.
The company produces heavy fabricated aggregates of different frames such as main frame, track frame, and side frame. It also manufactures boom, arm and bucket for a host of construction equipment.
RSB is a vertically integrated propeller shaft solution provider, enjoying the largest market share in India. To enhance its in-house technical capabilities and overall productivity, RSB has developed a technical collaboration with Eugen Klein GmbH,Germany for acquiring technical know-how in designing, processing and testing.
The propeller shaft manufacturing program covers more than 65 unique part designations. RSB is focused on catering to the present and futuristic commercial vehicle power transmission requirements and meeting the stringent quality norms. The six manufacturing plants set up at 4 locations are functioning to assist Auto OEM’s for propeller shaft solutions targeted towards regular production as well as after market requirements.
- A range of new generation propeller shafts, offerings un-beatable value and reliability through:
- In-house component manufacturing with SPM’s for all critical machining
- In-house phosphate facilities and sophisticated paint shop
- Latest generation 3 Plane balancing machine with digital PLC
- Fully automated line for manufacturing cross & bearing cup with on-line SPC
- In-house metallurgical lab to ensure validated raw material inputs
- In-house testing & validation facility for the assemblies
RSB has designed and developed new propeller shafts that are lighter, more cost effective, achieving improved performance levels of torque transfer. It provides validated newer designs extended to cover several models of commercial vehicles, trucks, and buses by conducting extensive field trials under varied terrains and load conditions. RSB ensures competitive edge by providing re-designed roller bearings, fully enclosed seals, serration joints, RILSAN® surface coating treatment. The other features include:
- Heavy duty centre bearing assembly
- Cross assembly multi-lip sealing
- Increased deflection angle between forks
- Spline profile
- Metallic dust jacket with neoprene seal etc.
Axles are one of the most significant products offered by RSB. It has a staggering capacity to manufacture 2,00,000 axles/year. There are plans to enhance the capacity by 30 per cent to cater to the export market. Well-equipped manufacturing lines have been dedicated to develop a variety of axle.
RSB is efficiently producing trailer axles, dummy axles, LCV front axles, banjo axles, tractor axles. Initially the products were manufactured to suit customer designs, RSB now provides axle solutions with self indigenous design that can universally match the varied customer needs. The integrated engineering plant has been facilitated with state-of-the-art technology to design, develop and validate the axles. The facilities include induction heating, sub-merged ARC welding, flexible designed spm’s, CNC turning / vertical machining centres and painting.