Busi­ness ex­cel­lence model

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Dur­ing the plant tour, the Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent – Op­er­a­tions & TQM, K Sud­hakar said, “We are very proud to say that we have come up with the busi­ness ex­cel­lence model. The con­cept of ma­chin­ing is the same, but the pro­cesses are dif­fer­ent for each com­po­nent. We are the third to

In most of the op­er­a­tions, the com­pany has worked on weight op­ti­mi­sa­tion by us­ing dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses and raw ma­te­ri­als. RTSSL has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the weight of the com­po­nents it makes by us­ing cast iron with mod­i­fied spec­i­fi­ca­tion. With the help of Value Anal­y­sis and Value En­gi­neer­ing (VAVE) ex­cel­lent re­sults are ar­rived at. Around 30% of weight re­duc­tion is achieved in SUV steer­ing gears. The com­pany also gets in­put from its Ja­panese coun­ter­part and brought down 35% ma­te­rial con­tent in gears.

The RTSSL team has de­liv­ered fu­tur­is­tic prod­ucts sat­is­fy­ing the cus­tomer’s ex­pec­ta­tions. For in­stance, in trac­tors, it is work­ing on re­cir­cu­lat­ing ball steer­ing, but it re­quires mod­i­fi­ca­tion in the in­te­gral col­umn and to­gether with the cus­tomers, it has ar­rived on ‘col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach model.’

Qual­ity is the mantra for RTSSL and works round the clock to achieve ‘zero de­fects’. It also

pro­motes 5S (the key tar­gets of 5S are work­place morale, safety and ef­fi­ciency), sug­ges­tions, QC and kaizen pro­grammes. This gets the work­force to vol­un­tar­ily par­tic­i­pate to im­prove qual­ity lev­els. The com­pany has more than 175 au­tho­rised ser­vice cen­tres and they at­tend to com­plaints. The con­sol­i­dated re­port is re­ceived once in a month from them and War­ranty Man­age­ment Sys­tem (WMS) works on the com­plaints on­line. The com­pany cur­rently sup­plies to Tata, Mahin­dra, Renault, Ashok Ley­land, Nissan, Isuzu and Ford.

In­no­va­tion is a fo­cus area for RTSSL. It has de­vel­oped a special pow­er­ful gear for farm­ing op­er­a­tions. In­te­gral power steer­ing in trac­tors with a com­bi­na­tion of hy­draulic and hy­dro­static mech­a­nisms is what the com­pany de­liv- ers to the farm­ers. It has also come up with one gear to drive 2 axles (front axles). It is cost ef­fec­tive and will be launched in a year. Once this is suc­cess­ful in the mar­ket, bag­ging a busi­ness of 4000 gears a month would be phe­nom­e­nal, the com­pany looks for­ward. For rear axle gear­ing, it gets in­quiries from Tata De­fence team and the steer­ing man­u­fac­turer plans to trial-run it in De­cem­ber this year.

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