TÜV SÜD Czech has opened a new DYCOT test laboratory
TÜV SÜD Czech, a leading company in the fields of inspection, certification, testing and education in the Czech Republic, opened the new DYCOT test laboratory for the automotive industry on 30 November 2016. The investment, which also offers a physical simulation of dynamic loading of components and structures of vehicles outside the virtual simulation, recently won 3rd place in the Research and Development category of the Investor and Business Property of the Year 2015 competition promoted by the Czech agency CzechInvest. The DYCOT Project is an important investment of TÜV SÜD Czech and an innovation in the Central European automotive industry.
"The most important message of our DYCOT Project is that we strive to remain a long-term, competent and innovative partner for the automotive industry in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Oleg Spružina, CEO of TÜV SÜD Czech and manager of the Czech-Slovakia-Poland cluster within the global TÜV SÜD Group, when explaining the intention of the investment.
"The idea to build a new laboratory was the logical outcome of our thoughts about the trends in vehicle testing and of the current situation of the local and European markets," says Jiří Socha, director of the Auto Service Division of TÜV SÜD Czech, who added: "Increasing pressure to shorten the development cycle of a new car along with the constant strive for cost savings would lead to new non-destructive practices, including physical simulations of crash events, that the vehicles and their systems are facing in traffic accidents. While today the actual crash tests with the entire car are often performed by the large car producers in their own test laboratories, the area of non-destructive simulations of physical phenomena in a crash offers a wider utilisation for a more diverse range of potential clients."
The new DYCOT test laboratory was developed in cooperation with the Czech car-maker Skoda Auto, which, at the very beginning, was one of the key clients of the new project. “Car safety is one of the most important priorities which we employ in car development. We are therefore very pleased that we can take advantage of the expansion of testing our cars in this new laboratory which is really top notch and moreover, it is based very close to our development center in Mladá Boleslav," says Peter Kraus, Head of Car Safety Department ŠKODA AUTO.
Approximately thirty vendors were involved in the course of the project, who bid to provide services in many fields: from development activities, through the delivery of key technological units, up to the calibration of measuring equipment or services associated with the security of the building. The best ones then became project partners of TÜV SÜD Czech.
"The new testing facility provides us and our clients with newopportunities. In vehicle safety tests, we are moving from quasi-static simulations to physical simulations of processes that take place at high accelerations. It is a unique technology in the Central and Eastern Europe, and, in some parameters, it is even unique in the whole of Europe, which represents a significant enhancement of our services for the automotive industry,” says Jiří Socha. An important quality of the new technology is its inter-disciplinary feature: in fact, the dynamic simulations are also interesting for other fields, such as the aerospace industry. "So I think that the new testing facility offers some potential for development from the perspective of the whole TÜV SÜD Group. We know that if we want to remain an authorised and independent laboratory respected on the European scale, we need to be proactive in the development of test methods. That strategy would be positively remunerated in the fact that our homologation experts remain in close contact with testing laboratories and then become a competent partner for the final vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. Those parties could then rightly perceive us an authorised laboratory capable of testing by its own resources and able to cover a large part of their needs in the development and approval of new models,” Jiří Socha, manager of Service Division for the Automotive Industry at TÜV SÜD Czech, states in summary of the whole project.