It's important for both aftermarket part suppliers and vehicle OEMs to randomly select and crash test both pre-production and regular production parts and vehicles to verify that materials, components and the process itself yields a product that meets industry standards.
Historically, manufacturers with overseas, technical centers, would ship parts and vehicles back to their technical center for verification. This took considerable time and money.
That changed in 2018 when Calspan opened its new, state-of-the-art and highly secure vehicle crash test facility. A facility with the same exact equipment as OEMs, which eliminated any concern with variability.
Plus, being that this lab is in the U.S.A, it enables manufacturers more latitude to audit product more often, and to be provided with mission critical data in a much shorter period of time. This window of time is extremely critical when manufacturing is attempting to evaluate countermeasures and supplier changes.
Calspan is an approved CAPA-approved laboratory for conducting CAPA 501 Full Part Dynamic (FPDT) Tests on steel bumpers, reinforcements, brackets, and energy absorbers.
For these tests, Calspan’s engineers follow a regimented ISO 17025 process that yields repeatable and consistent results. This methodical approach starts with understanding a customer’s needs, following industry best practices that establish ownership and accountability and they also include secondary quality checks to make sure everything is just right.