London, UK – May 22 , 2018 – Element has made a series of investments at its laboratory in Warren, Michigan to extend its Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) testing capabilities for its automotive customers.
As OEMs focus on improving the cabin of the vehicle to make it more comfortable, Element Warren has expanded its Buzz, Squeak and Rattle (BSR) testing capabilities by acquiring one of the largest silent shakers in the market.
The five feet wide and six feet deep shaker has a 700lbs weight limit which allows for vibration of components that would typically be too large or heavy for a silent shaker system to be tested. The shaker is used for the standard BSR testing of individual components such as consoles, instrument panels (IP), doors and front seats. However the increased weight capacity now allows for complete rear seats or IP with console to be tested as full assemblies. This table allows for multi-axis vertical pitch and roll testing, as well as sequential four-axis testing. In addition, the Group has appointed an experienced principal test technician to lead the BSR laboratory at the Warren facility.
John Nelson, EVP, Transportation & Industrials, commented: ‘This latest investment means that Element is one of the very few independent testing houses in North America that has the capability of testing full components, such as instrument panels and consoles, together as one system, ensuring the most accurate test results for our customers.
As the market leader in North America for automotive testing, we continue to lead the industry in innovation and providing technical solutions to meet the changing requirements of our automotive clients and their supply chain partners.’’
Element operates 19 laboratories in North America that support OEMs and their suppliers to deliver lighter and increasingly autonomous vehicles to the market, whilst also improving the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, by delivering more electric and hybrid vehicles. Services include testing of materials (both metallic and non-metallic); interiors and seats; exteriors; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); fluid and fuels components and systems; electronics and electrical systems; lighting; glass; batteries; engines; powertrain, chassis and suspension and full vehicles.
In June 2017, Element Materials Technology acquired Exova Group Limited to create one, world-class global testing services partner. Element specializes in providing a comprehensive range of materials and product qualification testing, consulting, certification and calibration services to the global Aerospace; Fire & Building Products; Infrastructure; Oil & Gas; and Transportation & Industrials sectors.
Element’s expanded network of 6,200 Engaged Experts operate out of nearly 200 laboratories in more than 30 countries and are trusted by organizations to test and advise on the safety, quality, performance and compliance of their products, systems and operations.
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Devan LaBrash, Pagoda Porter Novelli
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“We continue to lead the industry in innovation and providing technical solutions to meet the changing requirements of our automotive clients and their supply chain partners.”
John R. Nelson
EVP, tRANSPORTATION & iNDUSTRIALS