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Full-Service Test Lab

Our extensive testing ensures enduring quality and performance across all GSS components and assemblies and across all vehicles we serve.

Product Performance Testing

Ensuring lasting quality

Design Verification Testing

Steering columns and components are safety critical. Rigorous and extensive testing ensures the long-term safety, quality, and performance of all GSS products. We consistently upgrade our test equipment. We implement critical safety procedures at the start of every project. We also test the materials, performance, and safety of all components and assemblies at every step of the process in our state-of-the-art full-service test lab. The result? Products that not only set the benchmark for strength, safety, and durability, but also align with the most modern and rigorous industry standards, marketplace trends, and user demands.

Steering Performance Testing

To support design and development activities, GSS engineers have extensive in-house testing capabilities at each of our facilities. GSS is continuously testing to support R&D, new program development, and production validation to ensure that our uncompromising standards of performance, quality, durability, and safety are achieved.

  • Strength (yield and ultimate)
  • Durability (rotational and axial)
  • Fatigue (static and rotational)
  • Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) characteristics
  • Environmental extremes
  • Materials analysis
  • In-house cyclic corrosion testing

Materials Analysis Capabilities

  • Sectioning
  • Mounting
  • Polishing
  • Etching
  • Hardness testing
  • Optical
  • Hot acid etching

Safety Standards and Testing

  • AIAG standards
  • Motor vehicle safety standards: Although not tested directly by GSS, our products are designed to assist our customers’ ability to meet motor vehicle safety standards including, but not limited to, FMVSS-201, FMVSS-203, FMVSS-204, FMVSS-208, FMVSS-302

Production Testing

Qualifying manufactured products

Quality assurance at every step

Ongoing performance testing

Assurance that all products meet performance, safety, and durability requirements

A test stand showcases the lab technology at Global Steering Systems as it tests four intermediate shafts at once in the full service test lab. The ME-190 test bed is capable of producing real world conditions for rigorous testing.

Real-World Conditions Duplicated

GSS employs a state-of-the-art, 4 specimen, Intermediate shaft test stand capable of duplicating Column EPS application conditions. The flexible computer controlled system can be programmed directly or via imported customer test profiles to ensure accuracy and the ability to duplicate exact conditions.

Continuous monitoring by this system provides accurate, real-time data to help strengthen and improve product development as demanded in an ever-increasing performance environment.