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MGA Meets the Needs of the Growing Automotive Industry in the Southeast

Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Since the 1990s, several major OEMs have taken up residence in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The South has seen significant automotive growth with an approximate 300% growth in automotive manufacturing in Alabama alone, based on employment, since the year 2000. As the automotive industry has grown in the region, MGA Research has been there to meet its testing needs. With great success in both the government and private sectors, MGA began facility expansion in 2008 in order to support the industry trend, which has seen rapid expansion of automotive manufacturing in the Southeastern United States. This expansion in the Southeast started with our facility in Greer, South Carolina followed in 2014 by our green field facility in Lincoln, Alabama.



Aircraft Testing Services beyond AS8049

Thu, Aug 22, 2019

In the age of stronger and lighter materials, the aerospace industry has been designing new products to promote comfort without sacrificing fuel efficiency. These innovations require constant testing to ensure the structural integrity, safety, and reliability of any new material/design.



Latest Updates in Pedestrian Protection

Mon, Jun 10, 2019

Globally, pedestrian protection is at the forefront of transportation safety. Citing consumer safety concerns, various committees, working groups and agencies have published their ideas of what pedestrian protection regulations should require. Last month several announcements (listed below) were published regarding current pedestrian regulations and newly developed test apparatus



Child Passenger Safety – Child Restraint Crashworthiness

Thu, May 23, 2019

MGA has over 16 years of experience performing dynamic tests that adhere to Federal standards governing child restraint safety. Our customers work with MGA because of the breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Holding the compliance contract for FMVSS 213 allows us to remain close to both the industry and its regulators. Our flexibility allows us to accommodate our customer’s needs during their product development, and remain current with the newest technologies as they emerge.



Industry Challenges in Evaluating Vibration/Shock

Tue, Apr 23, 2019

Mechanical Vibration and Shock issues pose significant challenges to many industries including automotive, aerospace, defense, and military fields. The development of robust products that can be exposed to long term vibration exposure or periodic shocks without degradation is critical to the overall performance of any system. As is the case with many product design approaches, the ability to evaluate parts or smaller systems on a component level basis is vital to a successful development process.



Investing in the Future – Crashworthiness Expansion

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

MGA Research Corporation, as a privately owned company, is dedicated to the crashworthiness and safety industry. Since the company was founded over 40 years ago, we are constantly re-investing to make sure that our associates and operations are ready to meet the needs of our customers.



News Articles

OMDB and the Future of Crashworthiness

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been developing a new crash test procedure with the purpose of reducing fatalities and injuries in small overlap and oblique crashes. Their crashworthiness research shows a higher risk of injusry in crashes where the occupant is moved in an oblique manner.



Expansion of Rollover Capabilities Continues at MGA

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

MGA has provided innovative solutions to the auto industry for crashworthiness development for many years.  As frontal, side, and rear impact procedures were advanced and implemented, MGA has added capabilities and additional facilities to help the industry in meeting these requirements.  Currently, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama are actively working with customers to evaluate vehicle crash performance.  Over the last decade or so, rollover protection has been a particular focus for the auto industry and specific capabilities have been developed to assist OEM’s in this area.



Commercial Airliner Landing Gear Testing

Sun, Jun 16, 2019

Hydraulic frameworks are key factors in the aerospace industry and they are of no exception when it comes to testing. Through years of expertise and in-house equipment, MGA’s facility is able to provide structural, vibration and environmental testing designed to ensure the landing gear system can tolerate extreme conditions and load/vibration stress, all while maintaining accuracy to the consumer specification (RTCADO 160). RTCADO 160 is the standard for testing of avionics hardware.



Mine Blast Simulation

Mon, Jun 3, 2019

MGA is proud to offer test equipment manufactured to simulate a variety of mine blast scenarios. Through the use of these devices, vehicle manufacturers are able to evaluate and improve designs that help reduce the risk of injury and death to our armed forces.



Pyroshock Expansion in Texas

Thu, May 16, 2019

Over the last 20 years, MGA has grown to become a leader in pyroshock simulation testing utilizing our specially designed pyroshock systems. During this time, MGA systems have set the standard in the industry. Numerous MGA pyroshock machines have been installed at leading aerospace organizations throughout the country.



Aircraft Industry R&D Assistance

Fri, May 3, 2019

For the past 25 years, MGA has been invested in serving the Aircraft Industry and providing them with creative solutions to complex problems. Our service portfolio has expanded from running dynamic sled tests, to running the entirety of the AS8049 scope, as well as a big portion of the DO160 scope. Throughout this advancement, MGA has been developing new methods of testing to help our customers improve their products and lower developmental costs at the same time.



MGA Continues Battery Testing Expansion as the Automotive Industry Cranks Up the Dial on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Thu, Apr 18, 2019

As the automotive industry is putting a greater emphasis on vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, MGA is further expanding our New York facilities to support the industry’s battery testing needs. MGA plays a vital role in the testing of cells, modules, and packs for major automotive manufacturers. We are making continual additions and upgrades to our battery testing facilities to perform innovative testing of real world situations related to these vehicles. 



MGA Leads Sensor Development in Rollover Events

Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Rollovers are one of the most challenging issues for safety development.  The detection of a rollover event is particularly complex.  MGA has been performing rollover sensor evaluations for almost 20 years for a wide range of customers for global applications.



Automated Airbag Deployment System

Wed, Mar 20, 2019

MGA has supported airbag deployment testing for decades. In order to further support particular specifications which call out a timing limit on deployments being conditioned, MGA developed an Automated Environmental Airbag Deployment System (AEADS).  With a single command, the chamber doors open, the track system removes the test sample from the chamber, and guides it to the specified location.  Once the sample is in the deployment position, the test is automatically performed.


21″ Sled

Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Industry Challenges Drive Innovation within MGA

As vehicle safety continues to advance, the industry is seeing a push for more energy in sled testing. In response to this shift in the industry, MGA has installed a new sled facility housing both a traditional 12” bore thrust column as well as a more powerful MGA designed 21” bore thrust column. The combination of these two columns will support the full range of challenges displayed by the industry: