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Robert Bosch launches it's first ECU Reliability Testing Centre in India Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Tuesday, 01 September 2009
Bangalore: Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd (RBEI), the engineering and IT services subsidiary of Bosch in India, has launched the first-of-its- kind Reliability Testing Centre that will help enhance the reliability of automotive components like Electronic Control Units (ECU), in any environmental conditions.

Set up at an investment of Rs 8 crore, the centre is expected to have around 25 engineers. The new lab is located next to the Electronic Control Unit production facility of Bosch at Naganathapura, Bangalore.

"This test centre is filling up the last gap in our local product development processes. With the availability of this facility we are now able to develop products for our customers right from the concept stage to the delivery stage, completely localized in India" said Mr. Friedhelm Pickhard, Managing Director, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd.

The company will also invest Rs. 170 crore (40 crore in 2010 & 130 crore on setting up the center) on it's new facility in Coimbatore, which will employ 2,500 engineers by the end of 2010.

The content and complexity of electronics in cars have continuously increased in the past 50 years. In automotive electronics, an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is an embedded system that controls one or more of the electrical systems or subsystems in a motorized vehicle. Some modern cars have up to 80 ECUs, including Engine Management ECUs, Transmission Control Units, Airbag Control Units, electronically driven Window Lifter, etc.

While the international standards are mainly based on experiences from European, American and Japanese markets, special Indian conditions need to be addressed additionally. 

This will be achieved by gathering information on ECUs and the environment they are exposed to. For this purpose data on ECUs’ heat dissipation during operation, profiles for various thermal, vibration and spray/corrosion tests are collected. Based on this information, tests are adapted to local conditions and are performed in the RBEI reliability lab. Afterwards detailed analysis of the ECUs is performed to ensure that there is no weak point in the design of the automotive component.

"For this reason the RBEI test lab has been set up with the best technology available. Combined with the knowledge of our engineers, RBEI ensures the world leading quality of Bosch automotive components," said Dr. Detlef Zerfowski, Department Head of the RBEI reliability lab.

Based on the needs of the local emerging markets, the reliability engineers will use their technical knowledge for adapting and extending the tests to be performed. With the local domain expertise RBEI will influence the recent standards to cover the local applications for 2- and 3-wheeler, as well as passenger cars and commercial vehicles with respect to the local conditions (like climate, usage of vehicles and different road conditions) in a more suitable manner.

The tests conducted at RBEI, adhere to AEC Q100, IEC 60068, ISO 16750, SAE J1879, J2334, VDA Volume 3 etc., which define a subset of requirements and tests to ensure the reliability of automotive components.

 
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