Automotive Physical Testing

Gain a competitive edge in the motor industry by testing and selecting vehicle parts and materials that are safe, compliant and resistant to wear and tear.

Motor manufacturers need to produce vehicles that are safe for drivers and passengers, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and built to last. Numerous standards and regulations exist to help manufacturers achieve these goals. SGS automotive testing services include durability tests, as well as tests for cleanliness and fire safety.

Here are details of just some of our capabilities in appearance testing, thermal analysis, fire testing and fluid system component cleanliness testing.

Appearance testing

We have a multitude of equipment and test methods for assessing the ability of parts and materials to resist visible damage from:

  • Abrasion
  • Rubbing
  • Washing
  • Impact
  • Chipping
  • Falling sand abrasion
  • Shot blasting and gritting
  • Staining
  • Soaking or spraying with fluids including volatiles, fuels and oils

Please contact us for a full list of International and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards we test against.

Thermal analysis

We also help manufacturers test and benchmark materials for their thermal and physical properties. These tests include:

  • Fourier Transform InfraRed spectroscopy
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • Thermogravimetric Analysis
  • Melt Fluidity Index
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
  • Thermo Mechanical Analysis
  • Density
  • Ash content
  • Vicat Softening Temperature Point and deflection under load
  • Air permeability

Please ask for the full list of International and OEM standards we test against.

Fire testing

To be compliant with safety regulations, manufacturers must check the flammability of materials according to FMVSS 302 or EEC 118 as well as their own specifications. The horizontal combustibility test determines the combustion speed of materials. In addition to this test, SGS can perform vertical combustibility tests.

Please ask for the full list of manufacturers’ standards we test against.

Cleanliness of components

The cleanliness of automotive fluid components is essential if the system is to be reliable and durable. We offer cleanliness tests to ensure component parts for air circuits, coolants, fuel and oil are safe and comply with all necessary standards. The tests involve extraction by shaking or rinsing, after which impurities are filtered out and analyzed to determine the particle count, size and nature.

Please ask for the full list of ISO and manufacturers’ standards we test against.

Why choose automotive physical testing services from SGS?

We are the world’s leading testing and verification company, with laboratories, testers and industry experts located throughout the world. We are ISO/IEC 17025 accredited and approved to OEM standards, and test against an exhaustive list of International and manufacturers’ standards.

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SGS Headquarters

1 Place des Alpes
P.O. Box 2152
1211 Geneva
Switzerland