autotechreview 11December 2013 Volume 2 | Issue 12
RSB TRANSMISSION | WINS DEMING PRIZE
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS | EXPANDS DLP TECHNOLOGY TO ENTER NEW SECTORS
VOLKSWAGEN GROUP | ANNOUNCES FURTHER INVESTMENTS IN INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY
RSB Transmissions Ltds automotive division has won the prestigious Deming Prize awarded by the Union of Japanese Scientists & Engineers (JUSE) for Total Quality Management (TQM). RK Behera, Chairman, RSB Group received the award from Masahiro Sakane, Vice Chairman, Deming Prize Committee, JUSE in Tokyo recently. RSB is the only Indian company to win this award in 2013.
The Deming Prize is an annual award given by JUSE to organisations for successfully implement-ing TQM practices. Accepting the award, Behera said that implementation of TQM at RSB Trans-missions has resulted in significant improve-ments in all performance indicators. At RSB, he said, TQM is thoroughly institutionalised, and em-bedded into the gene of every employee.
In a few years from now, the company will vie for the highest Deming Award The Deming Grand Prize. RSB has no finish line when it comes to
quality, and it will continue to enhance its quality, technology and management practices, said SK Behera, Vice Chairman & Managing Director.
RSB is a leading global manufacturer of pro-peller shaft systems & components, an array of axles, fully finished gears, shafts, hubs & sleeves. It also produces transmission components like differential cases, yokes and carriers for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, passenger cars, tractors and light commercial vehicles.
Texas Instruments (TI) recently announced the expansion of its DLP technology to new sectors such as industrial, automotive and medical. This technology is based on an optical semiconductor called the DLP chip. A series of development toolkits grant direct access to the DLP chip for new innovation possibilities and light steering applications beyond traditional projection, the company said.
DLP is the most flexible display technology and possibly the most flexible semiconductor in the world, said Kent Novak, Senior Vice President & General Manager, DLP Products, TI. He added that DLP has potential to enable new applications in industrial, automotive and medical sectors.
In India, DLP currently powers nearly 99 % of the 7,000 digital cinema screens across the
country. DLP is also poised to deliver instant, big screen experiences to mobile phones. It currently holds approximately 60 % marketshare in front projectors that are widely deployed in classrooms and office conference rooms, Novak said. He added that TI sees potential for new application areas in the Indian market.
TIs solutions for the future of in-car info-tainment with augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD), digital dashboards and centre console systems are enabled by DLP technology, marking its entry into the automotive industry. They bring a notable move towards higher reso-lution and brightness, expanded field of view, tactile feedback, distraction-reduced functional-ity and interior design flexibility, which break design barriers of existing technologies, said a release issued by the company.
The speed and accuracy of DLP technology, combined with infra-red cameras and other TI components, allow consoles and dashboard dis-plays multipoint, touch screen interactivity and scalability to any size and shape. DLP continues to experience notable growth and adoption in India across its more traditional application such as projection for cinemas, office and class-room settings.
In what Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group be-lieves will give the group extra power on its way to the top, the Supervisory Board of the company ap-proved fresh investments to the tune of 84.2 bn in its automotive division over the coming five years between 2014 and 2018.
Over two-thirds of the total announced invest-ment will continue to flow into increasingly efficient vehicles, drives and technologies, as well as envi-ronmentally friendly production, a statement issued by the company said. This is significant consider-ing the uncertain economic environment that exists across markets, but Winterkorn believes this will significantly boost the Groups competitiveness and safeguard its future.
Of the committed investment, 63.4 bn will go into investments in property, plant and equipment in the automotive division, of which almost 60 % will be made in Germany. Average annual invest-ments in property, plant and equipment will be around 0.5 bn less than in the planning approved in 2012 for the period from 2013 to 2015. Among other things, this is due to the postponement of construction projects and capacity optimisation. In-vestments in products and technologies, nonethe-less, remain unaffected by the decline.
The committed investments do not include VWs joint ventures in China, as they arent consolidated. The Chinese JVs will invest a total of 18.2 bn in new production facilities and products in the period from 2014 to 2018, and these investments will be financed from their own funds.