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QPS

  • 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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ADAS, Reputation of safety

News

Jan 13, 2022

Why future vehicle differentiation starts and finishes with a reputation for safety

By Lenora Clark, Director of autonomous driving and safety technology at ESI Automotive

Picture the scene. It’s the age of true mobility. The automotive sector has transitioned from an ownership model to a vehicle leasing model, with the majority of vehicle purchases being made by large fleets. From a consumer point of view, choosing which vehicle to use to get from A to B has never been simpler – it’s the one that is nearest to them. Engine performance no longer matters, since engines are long gone. The price of the vehicle is irrelevant; they aren’t buying it. Aesthetics are arguably not so important if, they aren’t owning the car outright; it will never sit in their driveway overnight.

 

How can OEMs differentiate vehicle offerings in a market full of similarities?

When the vehicle takes over from human control, perhaps the most important concern from an occupant point of view is safety. This will be critical to the brand reputation: having a brand associated with high safety standards will be a key differentiator when so much else is equal. With most OEMs forming partnerships throughout the supply chain and sharing technologies, how can one really differentiate here?

The path to a safe autonomous vehicle starts with creating systems that work both individually and together to create a safer, more efficient driving experience. Today’s supply chains typically provide hardware and software that inform the driver of potential hazards. At higher levels of autonomy, these will also intervene in the vehicle’s operation to create a safer outcome. As the industry moves from level two to level three autonomy, the reliability of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) takes a central role in ensuring safety. Carmakers need to do all they can to avoid the severe reputational damage that can be caused by an ADAS-fault related vehicle recall.

 

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ADAS sensors

 

What’s the role of materials on the path to brand reliability?

One way to improve the reliability of ADAS is to take a systems-level approach to the design of such technologies. It is here where materials will play an integral role: specifying optimal materials will support the function and reliability of these systems. It is possible to aid reliability of ADAS by using unique substrates, which offer greater performance, while saving weight and space. Miniaturization will accelerate innovation and provide further efficiency savings. The use of specific chemical compounds will overcome typical performance limitations and improve durability.

Even when it comes to joining materials within ADAS hardware builds, there are choices to be made, which can improve reliability of the overall system. For example, using a high-durability solder alloy designed to withstand greater heat resistance within a printed circuit board assembly can also improve reliability, particularly since solder joint fractures are typically one of the leading causes of electronic failures. Our video explains some of the options that can overcome the challenge of solder joint fractures.

At ESI Automotive, we take a systems-level approach to ADAS design, working in partnership with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to create solutions aimed at advancing ADAS technology and reliability to help carmakers achieve next level autonomy. We understand the critical role that these systems play, both today and in the future, when it comes to vehicle safety and brand reputation. After all, no carmaker wants to have to suffer the financial cost and reputational damage of a failure-related recall, particularly when brand identity will play such a large role in future vehicle differentiation.

 

Keep reading about our innovative technology for ADAS.