MGA offers the Automotive Industry the largest range of innovative capabilities related to quality issues. Quality from an automotive perspective is driven by a number of factors primarily related to the appearance, functionality, and durability of a particular system or component. Issues can arise due to either design shortcomings or problems in the production plant. MGA provides key services throughout our North American network of labs that supports the industry from a quality perspective.
Examples of the types of approaches which are used to address quality related issues include:
- Life Cycle applications – Cycling a component through its normal range of motion for an accelerated length of time to evaluate its functionality
- Durability applications – Subjecting the component or system to loading or vibration characteristics to see how it performs and holds its structural integrity
- Environmental applications – Conditioning a component through an extreme range of thermal, humidity, and infrared profiles
- Fit and Finish – Evaluation of major interior systems from an aesthetic/visual perspective after exposures.
- Squeak and Rattle – Evaluation of major systems in regards to unwanted noises during vibration or other mechanical load conditions.
- Materials – Evaluating coupon level materials utilizing industry or custom methods will reveal how suitable the material is for a particular application.
The scope of automotive interiors validation can be used to describe any number of the hundreds of tests that are required to ensure that all of the components in your vehicle work properly and will continue to function for its intended life. Generally these types of tests would be performed on components such as car seats, instrument panels, center consoles, door panels, overhead consoles, etc.
Here are a few examples of some common types of tests:
- Seats: Track adjustment, recliner adjustment, head rest adjustment, seat heater functionality, ingress egress evaluation, materials evaluation on the fabrics, etc.
- Instrument panels / center consoles: Vibration performance, squeak and rattle, glove box door cycling, rigidity testing, etc.
- Door panels: Arm rest load applications, environmental aging, etc.
Exteriors’ testing generally includes the evaluation of components that work outside the vehicle. This would generally include car doors, hoods, decklids, liftgates, etc. The overall durability and functional performance of these types of components is crucial to the overall quality of a particular vehicle.
Examples of these types of tests may include:
- Doors: Accelerated life cycle, window cycling, hinge/door check evaluation, etc.
- Hoods, Decklids, and Liftgates: Life cycle testing, strut evaluation, etc.
- Roof tops: Durability load applications, vibration testing, etc.