Our History

Generalities:

Rulmenti S.A., Barlad is a bearing manufacturing company located in Romania. The main shareholder is BERA Holding from Turkey. The company acts with approximately 1400 employees. Main activities are design, production, sales and service of different types of bearings.

Mission
To develop and implement strategies for global bearings solutions based on:
•    Enhancing customer benefit using our high quality products and services;
•    Promoting creativity and applying intellectual capital effectively;
•    Building business partner confidence and internal teamwork performance;
•    Attaining excellence through a strong organizational culture.

Vision

•    Achieving recognition as a first class bearings producer and solution provider into bearings world market
Basic Values
•    Skills and proficiency;
•    Quality of delivered products and services;
•    Knowledge and ideas sharing;
•    Focus on customer satisfaction;
•    Talent and creativity development of our people;
•    Leadership and teamwork;
•    Respect individuality and opinions;
•    Sincere and fair in all businesses;
•    Social responsibility.
We assure for our employees trainings with internal or external trainers in order to improve continuously our team members competences.

 Our History
In 1953, the company started to produce bearings. A continuous improvement process was developed through the actual design, production and control facilities. Numerous changes were implemented in order to raise the life expectancy, loading capacity and operating precision of the bearings.
We include the respect for clients and the satisfaction of their needs among our fundamental principles. Therefore we tried to respond better to the market requirements by offering, besides the bearings with standardized shapes and sizes, a large range of non-standardized bearings, specific to various utilization.
Tooling department is a competent business partner ready to offer advice, to help and solve problems. We have our own production capacity and can process parts and pieces under customer’s orders.
 RULMENTI S.A. BARLAD is a worldwide supplier of bearings and services in the rolling bearing business. The Company is among the biggest producers of rolling bearings from Europe and is known in the world market more than 65 years.
Today RULMENTI SA produces and distributes under URB brand a full range of bearings including: Radial Ball Bearings, Cylindrical Roller Bearings, Spherical Roller Bearings, Thrust Ball Bearings, Thrust Cylindrical Roller Bearings, Tapered Roller Bearings all well-known for their precision and reliability. All bearings are produced in accordance with the standards of International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and DIN standards.
RULMENTI SA is close to the customers through the wide distributor network in more than 40 countries, e.g. Romania, Germany, UK, Italy, Benelux, France, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Turkey, USA, South Africa, Brazil, Egypt, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, U.A.E. and other country.
The following steps describe the evolution of the company in the bearing production and bearing market:

Year

Activities

1951

Barlad Factory was founded. The planned production capacity was of 250.000 Pcs./year.

1951-1953

Construction and equipping of the first production capacity of 1.000.000 Pcs./year was realized.

1953

The first bearing was produced. Barlad Factory started production of four ball bearing types.

1954-1965

First capacity increase in Barlad was realized. Production capacity 2.500.000 Pcs. / year.

1956

Beginning of export activity

1959

Assimilation of technology for railway bearings production

1973

The forging technology from Hatebur and Wagner Germany was applied successfully

1974

Establishing of Deep Groove Ball Bearings Factory under KOYO license; production capacity 30.000.000. Pcs. / year)

1975

New production capacity for Special Machine – Tools fabrication (for bearings) was put into operation

1975-1982

Modernization of Turning and Grinding Workshop.

1985-1992

Technical endowment of various Workshops.

1995

Quality System Certification according to ISO 9001 / 1994, by TNO Certification Body from Netherlands.

1992-1996

Continuous modernization of different machinery and equipment

1996-1998

Improving of Ball Bearings Technology (KOYO license)

2000 

KOMBASSAN Holding bought the majority of shares.  KOMBASSAN Holding actual name is BERA Holding.

2001

Registering of KRS own brand. Certification of Radial Ball Bearings, KRS brand, according to the TS 6269 Standard requirements by TURKISH STANDARDIZATION INSTITUTE.

2006

A new production facility was founded in Anadolu Rulman, Turkey

2007

MGM Factory in Hungary was bought

2012

Starting to build the India Factory

Common research studies were developed with Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” from Iasi. Were developed and implemented new technologies for large bearings based on the last investments on machine-tools with production range till 1000 mm outer diameter and also on quality control machines for the same production range.

2013

The 60th year’s anniversary existence of URB Brand.

The sales networks were developed in order to cover almost the entire industry fields.

2014-2018

The development strategies were defined in order to improve the core competencies of our people. In this context some common projects were defined and implemented with technical universities from Galati and Iasi, focused on master studies of young engineers, in order to employee them in company. Our internal processes are developed within a strong network and also a strong multidisciplinary approach of our customer requirements analysis, products and process development.

Actual design, production and quality control capabilities R&D Capabilities

The ANSYS Mechanical software was implemented in 2014. The ANSYS simulation program can accurately predict the real mode of operation of the product. With the ANSYS Mechanical program, technical analyses can be performed for a wide range of properties such as stresses, deformations, vibrations, technical characteristics and durability.
With the ANSYS program, the company can carry out the following design processes:
- new reliable and high-quality products and processes;
- a flexible process of product design and development based on information which allows any design changes to be made in later stages;
The Mesys Rolling Bearing Calculation and Mesys Shaft Calculation are finite element calculation and simulation programs which take into account the internal geometry of the bearing and the actual operating conditions.
CreoParameter is an interactive 3D visualization design program and also AutoCAD is used in design activities. Visual XSel v. 12.0 is a Weibull analysis program for the accurate assessment of the lifetime during the laboratory.

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A new dynamic bearing testing stand was bought for Testing Laboratory. This stand has the possibility for multiple-post test for bearings with outer diameter up to 500 mm;

testing stand

Production capabilities
The heat treatment process parameters both for primary and secondary heat treatment processes are online monitorised with an integrated software based on APROL programs.

Heating Treatment

 

 The turning process for the bearing rings has been modernized with CNC turning lathes (PUMA, DOOSAN, OKUMA, Fuji, MURATA).

 

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The secondary heat treatment is carried out on hardening and tempering lines and has been equipped with process computers and continuous monitoring system (APROL) of the treatment process.
The online monitoring system it is used in heat treatment area in order to assure:
- traceability: the capability to verify the history of a product / processed part on all production lines;
- monitoring: the capability to check in real time the process parameters during the secondary heat treatment operations for each product / processed part;
- archiving: the capability to save the data / parameters of the heat treatment processes in order to access them when needed.

Heating Treatment

 

 The grinding process for bearing rings is carried out on lines of grinding machines or on individual CNC or classic grinding machine-tools. New grinding machines were bought from: TAYSEI – Japan; DOLBAN – South Korea;  OKUMA – Japan.

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The roller manufacturing process is carried out on press machines (SAKAMURA – Japan) or CNC lathes (PUMA, MURATA). The secondary heat treatment of the bearing rollers is carried out on hardening and tempering lines and has been equipped with continuous monitoring system of the process parameters.
The grinding process for bearing rollers is carried out on lines of grinding machines or on individual CNC or modernized grinding machines.

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Roller bearing sorting area

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The processes for manufacturing brass cages are carried out on individual CNC machines. The technological flow was improved  with new sand blasting equipment.

All bearings components are inspected before assembly activities by qualified quality inspectors.

Assembly Workshop

Laser marking machine 

All products are marked according to customer requirements.

Packed products before delivery

 Quality Control Capabilities

Our laboratories has the capability to measure chemical composition of the raw materials based on spectrometry method using a Quantodesk equipment and also the results of the secondary heat treatment process based on X-RAY method using a new Difractometer X- RAY.                                                                 

 Difractometer

The geometric measurement laboratories area has become one of the most important factor in our development strategies and were modernized and equipped with new devices and equipment’s in order to check parameters according to customer requirements and internal procedures.

For the final inspection of the bearing rings and rollers, new equipment was acquired for non-destructive ultrasonic checking , the TTPS ECHOGRAPH manufactured by KARL DEUTSCH – Germany and Eddy current testing equipment. The ultrasonic testing equipment is automatic and ensures a high productivity and a high accuracy of the measurements. Nondistructive control using visual testing, ultrasonic testing, magnetic testing and eddy curent testing methods are used. These types of control are performed by certified operators levels.

Inspection of Bearing

The dimensional checks of the assembled bearings are performed on the 3D coordinate measuring equipment.

3D coordinate measuring equipment

Quality Management System

The company has implemented and maintains an integrated management system including certifications according to Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety standards. The quality management system is also certified according to ISO/TS 16949 a specific standard for automotive industry. In case of  products which are delivered to be used in railway industry we are certified according to IRIS standard (International Railway Industry Standard).