Particulate cleanliness of components used in the fluid circuits of motor vehicles is essential to the life and dependability of the fluid system. Our experts provide cleanliness testing in accordance with ISO 16232 and VDA 19 to help you achieve reliable performance and fulfill the requirements of the automotive industry.

The presence of particulate contamination in automotive fluid systems is the primary cause of system wear, potentially leading to performance loss or sudden catastrophic failure. Accurate assessment of component cleanliness helps increase the life of your system, ensuring that it is safe and it performs as expected in its application.

With extensive expertise and modern cleanliness equipment, we provide expert laboratory analysis of your cylinder heads, engine blocks, axle shafts, rocker arms, radiators, fuel lines, injectors, and other engine components and transmission parts for the commercial automotive industry.  

ISO 16232 and VDA 19

Our testing help to make certain that your products are safe in their end application and comply with the most common cleanliness standards, ISO 16232 and VDA 19, applicable in North America and Europe for components of fluid circuits in road vehicles. 

Performing cleanliness testing of automotive fluid components and systems

Utilizing a state-of-the-art cleanliness cabinet, our experts subject the sample to a solvent-based spray in multiple directions at a specified pressure to remove contamination and collect the debris on a filter. The filter is weighed before and after the test to determine the weight of debris, and then analyzed with an automated microscope to evaluate specific particle features such as:

  • Particle count and particle-size distribution
  • Largest and second largest metallic particle size and image
  • Largest and second largest nonmetallic particle size and image
  • Overview of the filter
  • Largest fiber size and image
The Element advantage

We are dedicated to providing the support you need to keep your fluid system in top running condition. This is why we stay informed on standards changes and continuously update our testing technology, ensuring safe, durable products are brought to the market.

With experts for servo-hydraulic testing, engine, powertrain, and fuel components, we are your single-source provider for all of your transportation testing needs.


For more information about our cleanliness testing, or to speak with one of our experts, contact us today.

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