GE strengthens its impact test capabilities
With the installation of a new Pedestrian Impact Test System in its Moka Technology Center, in Tochigi, Japan, GE Advanced Materials will help automotive manufacturers and suppliers validate new material technologies for front-end safety systems to help better meet new regulatory obligations around pedestrian safety. GE expects its upgraded test capabilities to help accelerate the development of thermoplastic energy absorber systems, particularly in vehicle components such as bumper beams, fenders, hoods, grilles, garnishes, and wiper systems. The center now can test vehicle pedestrian head and leg impacts, in addition to performing pendulum tests; barrier tests for both the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) regulations; and pole and angle barrier tests for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The center also has the capability to test vehicle interior head form impact tests and knee protector impact tests.