Economic Times: December, 2016
Bangalore: Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI), today, inaugurated its new reliability testing laboratory in Naganathapura, Bengaluru. The lab houses state of the art infrastructure, equipment and resources to deliver hi-quality ECU testing solutions.
Electronic Component Units (ECUs) is the umbrella term referring to the electronic systems present inside automobiles, aircrafts, home appliances and the like. The facility will be used to test ECUs before being deployed in the corresponding machines.
The testing lab which extends over 5000 sq. ft was built at a cost of $3.5 million dollars. The center hosts a climatic test chamber in which products are subject to extreme conditions in a simulated environment. The test centre can simulate extreme temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 115 °C.
“We have developed core competence in testing for India-specific conditions. We believe that this expertise, coupled with our uncompromising focus on quality can deliver product excellence for our customers. It is in line with the Make In India vision as it supports local development, manufacturing and testing.” said Vijay Ratnaparkhe, Managing Director and President, RBEI.
The laboratory does a multitude of tests -humidity test, vibration test, shock test, drop test and other visual inspections. The tests check the endurance of the product.
The expansion is in line with RBEI’s objective to diversify their services and solutions portfolio into non-automotive domains which include aviation, telecommunication, home appliances and Internet of Things devices.
“With driverless cars being rolled out there is a push in ECU tests for connectivity,” said Christian Koitzsch, VP Engineering for automotive electronics and steering, adding that the Bangalore facility supports connectivity testing for autonomous cars.
“Earlier the testing happened only in engine control ECUs. Now we are increasingly going into power steering and braking systems,” said Dattatreya Gaur, VP and Head Area Business Engineer BBI Bosch.
In addition, the services of the laboratory can also be availed by external organisations who want their ECUs tested for reliability.'