DriveRightData, the leading independent supplier of automotive, wheel and tire data have established a new testing facility based in Fullerton, Los Angeles, facilitating the ability to provide the industry with wheels tested to international standards.
The company has recently undertaken a programme of global expansion into new markets in Europe and the Americas. As the vast majority of the world’s wheel production is shipped via LA, the establishment of a testing facility close to the port is an ideal location for the company to base operations.
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.
The benefits allow manufacturers to adjust wheel specifications ahead of production to suit a larger range of vehicles, and open up more markets for product.
The new wheel testing facility is an ideal catalyst for the existing range of products and services DriveRightData had offer.
“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 we can enhance the report by linking to our database to provide a list of vehicles the wheel will fit and to highlight any issues that may arise with fitment. We can also back reports with calliper clearance CAD drawings.
Resellers and distributors are also able to verify the product they are importing is fit for purpose. We offer our services to ensure wheels manufactured in different markets conform to SAE and ISO standards”.
DriveRightData Testing Centre is capable of testing wheels from 12 to 26 inch diameter and will test to SAE and ISO regulation standards.
Wheel information can not only be mapped to DriveRightData’s own database of 100,000 vehicles, but also AAIA – the US standard in vehicle descriptions or any other data base that we hold information on globally.
DriveRightData 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.
“The level of interest we have seen to date has exceeded initial expectations” reports Jack Karamian, “We are already engaged in contracts with substantial entities in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, and surprisingly our HR Department has been dealing with strong enquiry from engineers and technical staff”.