Automotive

Alongside tires and wheels, we also provide testing and consultative support for a range of automotive components. We operate five ISO 17025 accredited product test laboratories around the world to serve our clients.

Smithers Rapra offers a wide range of product testing, materials testing and chemical analysis services for the automotive industry. We operate five ISO17025 accredited product test laboraties around the world including Akron OH, Ravenna OH, Lansing, MI, Shawbury UK and Suzhou, China. Our clients range from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's) to Tier 1 and 2 system and component suppliers and materials producers. Smithers Rapra supports key suppliers in the supply chains to many of the leading North American, European and Asian car manufacturers.

Smithers Rapra has extensive experience in designing and building test jigs and developing test protocols. Our technical support services are world leading and include failure diagnosis, design and process optimization and material analysis.

Our services cover a wide range of performance evaluations on virgin and recycled plastics, rubber, sealants, specific parts, wheels and tires. Our test evaluations range from abrasion, resistance to UV and light, chemical, general physical properties through vibration, environmental cycling and stress analysis.

These are the most common test areas for our automotive clients:

BELTS & HOSES

TIRES

WHEELS

  • Fatigue Testing
  • Impact Testing
  • Overall Durability Testing
  • SAE, ISO and Customized Simulations

ON VEHICLE
WINTER TESTING

OVERALL COMPONENT
DURABILITY TESTING

POLYMER-BASED COMPONENT TESTING

  • Smithers Winter Proving Grounds (Brimley, Michigan, USA)
  • Types and Track Configurations
  • Tire and Vehicle Handling System Testing
  • Cold Weather Product Testing

 

Cycle testing of various components / durability in use

  • Material Testing
  • Durability Testing
  • Aging

PRODUCT PACKAGING

ISO CERTIFICATION OF MANUFACTURING PROCESS

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The team at Smithers Pira can ensure that component packaging is protecting the contents and not causing any damage or losses through the supply chain.

Smithers Quality Assessments can certify companies to certain ISO standards.

Want to know more about our Automotive Testing Services? Contact us.
Accreditation

Smithers Rapra Accreditation - UKAS and A2LA