TÜV SÜD has been commissioned to perform non-destructive testing on car-body parts on behalf of Tesla Motors.
These tests are designed to ensure that the parts made in Italy are of consistent quality. Testing will be performed in the laboratory of TÜV SÜD subsidiary Bytest in Torino. Bytest is one of the leading providers of non-destructive test services for materials in Italy.
Testing by TÜV SÜD covers the safety-relevant impact protection and bumper components of the Tesla models S and X, which are made by an Italian foundry supplier, 2A Spa . “Testing is carried out as a 100 per cent test, which means all parts produced are tested using a non-destructive method”, explains Gennaro Oliva, Managing Director at the TÜV SÜD subsidiary Bytest. In addition, samples will be taken from ongoing production operations and subjected to destructive testing. The combination of non-destructive material testing and destructive tests ensures end-to-end control of production and a consistently high level of quality for all parts.
“Tesla Motors is known for its high quality requirements”, says Dr Boris Gehring, Industry Service Division TÜV SÜD AG. “We are therefore very happy about the confidence shown in us by Tesla by placing this contract with us.” The acquisition of Bytest in 2012 brought TÜV SÜD the status of one of Italy’s leading providers of non-destructive material testing. The experts specialise in non-destructive testing during production and laboratory testing of materials, as well as in non-destructive material testing on site in production facilities. Further services include the training of NDT staff and performance of audits and inspections of welding processes.