DriveRightData opens US wheel testing facility
DriveRightData, the wheel and tyre data provider, has established a new testing facility based in Fullerton, Los Angeles, which opened in July. According to DriveRight, the majority of the world’s wheel production is shipped via LA, meaning the establishment of a testing facility close to the port is an “ideal location”.
DriveRight reports that the initiative has been driven by demand from the wheel industry seeking an independent test facility. DriveRightData has over decade of experience in providing vehicle fitment data to manufacturers, distributors and resellers and has a built a successful consultancy service providing behind-the-spoke calliper clearance reports. Calliper reports provided a CAD drawing of the actual profile and overlaid suitable fitments for vehicles from the company’s database of over 100,000 vehicle fitments.
“Effectively we have become a “one-stop” outlet for technical reports for the wheel industry”, said Jack Karamian, DriveRightData’s vice president sales, North America. “The new testing facility includes the latest in wheel testing equipment enabling us to provide confidential reports on the integrity of wheels via lateral impact, dynamic cornering fatigue and radial fatigue tests.”
Manufacturers are able to send product to an independent testing facility and not only get a report on the wheel performance, but more by linking to the database to provide a list of vehicles the wheel will fit and to highlight any issues that may arise with fitment.
DriveRightData Testing Centre is capable of testing wheels from 12 to 26 inch diameter and will test to SAE and ISO regulation standards. The Testing Centre opened in July and reports a steady influx of enquiry and workflow and is expected to recruit further testing engineers in the immediate future to facilitate testing.