Artav Stainless Steel maintains the highest levels in terms of product testing within the SA market for OEM parts. Our Product Engineering Department will run simulations involving Air bag Compatibility, Load Testing, Vibration Testing on Brackets and SABS Testing on Towbars. As and when parts have passed engineering simulations, we then move onto physical testing. This is often done in Australian due to the lack of test facilities in SA that specialises in these types of products.
Over and above the physical Air Bag Compatibility testing, we also run 100 000km endurance tests in connection with the manufacturer to determine that there are will be no defects to the product over the warranty period of the vehicle.
Please ensure your vehicle is compatible by checking if it is in the below compatibility list:
All Steed 5E Models & Steed5 MPi 4×2
Safety Critical Testing
We make use of 1st World Test facilities in Australia to test our Nudge Bars for Air Bag Compatibilty. This test is conducted by using a sub frame of a vehicle and running an actual crash test scenario to verify the bar and brackets will have no negative effect on the air bag systems. This type of testing is also backed up with a comprehensive liability insurance policy to cover any product defect / failure in the market regarding Nudge Bars and Towbars. Artav Stainless Steel is proud to boast that we have not had any insurance claims to date for the last 20 years of manufacturing these safety critical products. This is a true testament to our Engineering Division and comprehensive testing involved in each part before being approved for mass production.
Additional testing also includes Vibration Testing – This involves running simulations on mounting brackets that load specific weights and have to endure 1 million to 2 million cycles without any fractures.
Load Testing – This includes testing maximum load weights on brackets – We normally have this in place for our Side Steps which can comfortably pass over a 200kg load weight.
This is a comprehensive Test Document specifically for Ford to confirm testing, raw materials and components involved in the manufacturing of Ford Ranger accessories for local market. This test adheres to the standards required for Ford Licensed Accessory approval on a global level.
Download Technical Specs Document
View ISO9001 Document
View ARTAV Insurance Policy