The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global automotive sled testing system market for 2017-2021. Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources.
The market is expected to show a downward trend starting from 2018 because of the increasing use of crash simulation software for testing, which further reduces the cost of testing and development for the OEMs. The simulation software can even analyze the human muscle reaction during a collision, which cannot be done by physical or sled crash testing. Virtual crash test simulations provide the automotive OEMs an opportunity to test the performance of various designs and materials right from the beginning of the development phase.
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Technavio analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global automotive sled testing system market:
- Players introducing economical upgrade packages to keep sled equipment updated
- Development of heavy-duty sled systems, adding to the versatility of sleds
- Multiple simulation capabilities using a single sled
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Players introducing economical upgrade packages to keep sled equipment updated
Sled systems are expensive and require a considerable amount and space for installation as well. This makes it difficult for the system to be upgraded. For instance, upgradation of pitch simulation requires building an entirely new sled system, which is difficult to justify in terms of time and money. Various players in the market have come up with a solution to this by providing certain add-ons to the existing sled systems. Seattle Safety developed an innovative Dynamic Pitch upgrade, which is an economical add-on accessory, for its existing sleds.
Amey Vikram, a lead automotive services research analyst at Technavio, says, “The add-ons are made such that they can be added or removed within an hour, which makes them easy to use as and when needed. They do not involve any fixed equipment that blocks camera views or access to the sleds. They make sure that there are no complicated or expensive changes required in the system to keep it up with the ever-changing safety regulations.”
Development of heavy-duty sled systems, adding to the versatility of sleds
Continuous changes in the test requirements and the usage of special sleds and fixtures have added on to the weights of the test specimen. This has resulted in the extended capabilities of many acceleration test systems. For instance, the HyGe 12-inch sled system has become an industry standard for decades, but its makers say that the newly developed 24-inch system would make it a perfect choice for bigger and more demanding test loads.
“Such development of heavy-duty sled systems, which are highly versatile and can easily handle the increased payload added by specialized test ﬁxtures, would increase the applications of sled systems in school buses, trucks, and even airplanes. Such systems also have the capability to perform the side impact test, which is not possible in the lighter 12-inch sled systems,” adds Amey.
Multiple simulation capabilities using a single sled
To comply with all the latest safety standards, such as FMVSS, ECE, and NCAP, the sled systems offer a number of advantages to help lab managers meet the demands of safety engineering. The players in the market are continually working toward the development of sleds with premium pulse accuracy, high performance, productivity, and quality.
Single sled system can be used for all kinds of simulations from vehicle level to seat and restraint system validation. For instance, Seattle Safety's ServoSled sled systems can be used for frontal, offset, and side impact tests, which are vehicle level tests. In addition, they can also simulate seats, child seats, seatbelts, and whiplash tests, which are component level tests.
- HORIBA MIRA
- MESSRING Systembau
- Seattle Safety
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