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  • Meeting directives, such as ELV REACh and RoHS continues to be essential requirements. QPS delivers on all of these needs. QPS complies with the conditions set forth in the ISO 9001: 2015.

     

    QPS helps automotive engineers to specify the right products in a sustainable world. The steady evolution of the program has enabled many global OEM’s to specify ever-higher performance standards and represents:

    • Approved applicators: Applying these products to a common audited standard ensures the same coating performance throughout the applicator base.
    • High performance: Exceeding the high demands for corrosion resistance and exceptionally consistent torque and tension characteristics.
    • Global consistency: Wherever ZinKlad, DecoKlad or XMAPP standards are applied, applicators know they are using the same high-performance products.

    What do we do?

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    QPS flow chart

    We supply and develop QPS standards that meet and exceed OEM specifications. We validate applicators processes by conducting audits, carrying out inspections and testing the production output to make sure they meet pre-defined QPS standards and agreed technical requirements.

    We monitor and report results on a global scale to be able to service and continuously improve performance. 

    Why do we do what we do?

    We believe that we are able to assure a global consistent performance at a local level meeting the global OEM requirements with a select number of world class applicators.

    How do we do what we do?

    ESI Automotive has developed a unique Quality Performance System called QPS that tackles the challenges for high-performance automotive coatings. OEM’s can be confident that the same coatings and consistent performance are available worldwide.

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System-level approach

Insight

Jan 20, 2022

Carmakers urged to consider hardware reliability to avoid ADAS-related recalls

[Waterbury, CT, USA, January 20, 2022]

Automotive OEMs are being urged to take a systems-level approach to vehicle safety and confirm the reliability and inter-compatibility of hardware materials, as US regulators continue to shine a spotlight on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The message comes at a time when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing an investigation into ADAS systems following an alleged autopilot failure affecting certain vehicles.

While the investigation is primarily focusing on ADAS software, ESI Automotive stresses the importance of hardware reliability in enabling the overall systems function. Something as small as a solder fracture in the PCB assembly materials can carry the risk of vehicle recalls and potential reputational damage for OEM brands. Carmakers must therefore pay as much attention to ADAS hardware as they do to software if they are to deliver continued reliable and trusted safety in future systems.

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ADAS circuit board

Lenora Clark, Director of Autonomous Driving and Safety Technology at ESI Automotive, explained: “ADAS systems are not only critical in today’s vehicles, but will grow in importance as carmakers move towards level three autonomy. For this to be achieved, the supply chain must work together to create systems that work both individually and together to create a safer, more efficient driving experience.

Lenora Clark
Director of Autonomous Driving and Safety Technology

“To ensure required function and reliability of these systems, optimized material choices need to be made. This can only be done by specifying materials at a systems-level, understanding how different materials interact with each other and perform in challenging environments. As ADAS systems become more crucial to vehicles, their safety is already being tested rigorously and major industry bodies are involved in material assessments. OEMs must be confident that their materials pass the most stringent reliability tests – every single time.”

ESI Automotive claims that carmakers can achieve their design goals of integrating high levels of electronics systems for ADAS, by innovating for miniaturization and using unique substrates whilst still continuing to deliver the highest level of hardware reliability. It points towards other industries where electronic materials are constantly being pushed to increase function and maintain high reliability, such as consumer electronics and aerospace, as examples where lessons can be learned by automotive OEMs.

Clark continued: “At ESI Automotive, we take a holistic view of hardware. This perspective provides solutions that give carmakers greater design freedom through enhanced reliability and increased performance. As OEMs continue to work with the supply chain to innovate ADAS on the road to full vehicle autonomy, it is critical that hardware materials can cope with high operational cycles and challenging environments.”

For more information about ESI’s materials for ADAS hardware, click here