Element’s new testing capability, located at its state-of-the-art laboratory in Plymouth, MI, is aimed at globally-recognized manufacturers in the automotive industry, providing them with more accurate data and visual results.
To develop the service, Element’s Engaged Experts innovated a propriety testing system. The integrated air bag testing system uses high-speed video imaging, with up to three camera views simultaneously capturing images of the air bag deployment. This allows for evaluation of deployment times, including first seam rupture and time to full deployment, and highlights any anomalies that may occur, such as debris release and resultant trajectories.
Additionally, the system provides two-stage adjustable squib pulse controls, ensuring accurate squib firing and integration for repetitive testing operations, and monitoring of all facility safety equipment, such as emergency stop switches, door sensors and locks, exhaust fans, and warning lights.
About Element:Element is a global network of laboratories with experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil and Gas and the Transportation and Industrial sectors. Their team of 1,500 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 42 facilities located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For complete Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit www.element.com.
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“The development and addition of this service is a critical step in cementing our partnership with some of the region’s leading automotive brands.”
EVP, Transportation & Industrials