PRODUCT TESTING FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY
The numbers are in, and they don’t lie. According to Ward’s Automotive Reports, for the third year in a row, the U.S. automotive industry experienced light vehicle sales of more than $17 million. Also, the vast network of OEM and other auto parts suppliers that make up the industry’s extensive supply chain currently supports more than 600,000 domestic jobs.
Of course, while these statistics paint a picture of a large and healthy industry, the truth is that with increasing consumer and business demands, the automotive sector has never been under more pressure to produce safe, fuel-efficient and durable vehicles. As a sign of how competitive the industry is, it’s interesting to note that out of the more than $100 billion spent worldwide on R&D in the auto industry, nearly a fifth — or $18 billion — was spent in the U.S. alone.
Put it all together, and it’s clear that companies need reliable product testing for automotive applications if they hope to remain profitable, in compliance and good favor with the public. Now, consider the fact that electronic components are contributing more and more to the cost and operational capabilities of new vehicles. Because of this, it’s also vitally important that every part used in sophisticated auto assemblies is up to the mechanical and environmental challenges it will face once in use.
This is why working with an experienced testing lab like Quality Testing Services, LLC is such a prudent business choice. Since we possess the ability to offer a host of Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) services in a timely and affordable manner, the risks you face in bringing a product to market are significantly reduced.
Protect your profit margins, as well as the lives of your customers, by choosing from our popular product tests associated with the auto industry:
- Vibration and shock
- Temperature and humidity
- Life testing
- And more
HALT Testing for the Automotive Industry
Auto manufacturers and suppliers working on everything from traditional to hybrid and electric vehicles and parts find incredible value in HALT — or Highly Accelerated Life Testing. While a product is still in its design phase, HALT testing is capable of detecting 30 percent more design flaws and weak points than more traditional tests can spot. By submitting a workpiece to incrementally increasing levels of thermal, vibration and combined environmental stresses, the test can push that workpiece to failure in a matter of hours, instead of taking days or weeks as other tests require.
HALT testing for transportation purposes is proven to be one of the most useful tests to conduct while a product can still be modified before going into production. You don’t have to be a reliability engineer to appreciate that when you can make a change to a part in pre-production, it can result in quite possibly preventing a costly recall — and avoiding any negative impact on your bottom line, as well as your reputation.
HASS Testing for the Automotive Industry
The other half of AST is HASS — or Highly Accelerated Stress Screening. HASS testing for transportation applications serves to check products for material failures and manufacturing issues that can diminish their expected performance and reliability. In essence, HASS testing puts a workpiece through increasing levels of stress to go beyond its product specifications — yet without exceeding its pre-determined HALT parameters.
At its core, HASS testing is a valuable way to check on the quality of materials from upstream suppliers while also ensuring that all assembly and manufacturing processes are occurring safely and productively.
Quality Testing Services, LLC Means Testing Results You Can Trust
At Quality Testing Services, we have more than 35 years of engineering and testing experience in-house. This means we can give each of our clients the attention, guidance and value they deserve. Unlike larger labs that often have cumbersome red tape to navigate, we offer personalized service to meet your needs.
Discover the QTS difference. To request a quote or learn more about our product testing for transportation applications, contact us today. We’re always happy to be of assistance.