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There are 5 sta­tions in the as­sem­bly line op­er­a­tions. In sta­tion one, hous­ing of these com­po­nents and sub assem­blies of worm shaft and rack pis­ton take place. The sec­ond sta­tion takes care of sec­tor shaft and side cover as­sem­bly. The third and fourth sta­tions take care of the wall house as­sem­bly and fi­nally the as­sem­bled com­po­nents will go for leak test­ing. Leak test­ing is done with spe­cially im­ported Ja­panese ma­chines. Sim­i­larly with the ma­chines im­ported from Aus­tralia the bal­ance test­ing is per­formed be­fore de­liv­ery.

For hous­ing, a com­po­nent has to be mea­sured for its di­men­sional ac­cu­racy. When it con­forms to the specifications it is tagged ‘go ahead’. The pro­file pro­jec­tor is used to mag­nify the com­po­nent on the screen as the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is sen­si­tive to di­men­sional ac­cu­ra­cies. Sim­i­larly with the help of video mea­sur­ing ma­chine in­ter­sec­tion an­gles and the cur­va­ture mea­sure­ments are taken care.

Sur­face fin­ish­ing is manda­tory for all the com­po­nents and grind­ing op­er­a­tions takes the lead in that.

In 2007-08, only 2-3 mod­els were be­ing man­u­fac­tured in the plant. But now there are more than 25 mod­els and the metrol­ogy calls for more in­vest­ment in equip­ment. As the im­port costs are alarm­ing in­di­geni­sa­tion has be­come a ne­ces­sity. Rane en­cour­ages the em­ploy­ees to in­no­vate. As it has lo­calised the pro­cure­ment, the com­pany is able to work on its lead time.

re­ceive ‘Dem­ing Prize’ in In­dia and that ex­hibits our qual­ity strength. We have come up with the ‘Rane Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Model’ and started giv­ing tan­gi­ble re­sults to the model. Train­ing is our ma­jor strength and we are able to sus­tain the TQM prin­ci­ples in our out­puts through high morale of the em­ploy­ees.”

The team that is driving the Vi­ral­i­malai plant of RTSSL

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