Automotive Components

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:

automotive component testing services

Belts and Hoses
  • Pressure Testing
  • Environmental Effects / Aging
  • Durability / Cycle Testing
  • Material Testing / Benchmarking
  • Fluid Compatibility
  • Failure Analysis
  • Burst Testing
  • Vacuum Tests
Overall Component Durability Testing

Cycle Testing of Various Components / Durability in Use

Polymer Based Components
  • Material Testing
  • Durability Testing
  • Aging
Product Packaging

We can ensure that component packaging is protecting the contents and not causing any damage or losses through the supply chain

  • Raw Material Analysis
  • Performance Testing
  • (Including Rolling Resistance, Tread Wear,
  • Force and Moment, Durability, Benchmarking,
  • Winter Traction, Burst)
  • NHTSA Compliance Lab
  • National Rolling Resistance Alignment Lab
  • VCA technical service
  • Tire approval to UNECE regulations
  • Conformity of Production
On Vehicle Winter Testing
  • Operate Winter Test Facility in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with Multiple Surfaces
  • Types and Track Configurations
  • Tire and Vehicle Handling System Testing
  • Cold Weather Product Testing
  • Fatigue Testing
  • Impact Testing
  • Overall Durability Testing
  • SAE, ISO and Customized Simulations
ISO Certification of Manufacturing Process

Our SQA group can certify companies to certain ISO standards.