Diamond Standard Brand Parts Group has issued a statement regarding the recent focus on and growing use of aluminum by auto manufacturers.
“Diamond Standard Brand Parts Group has been working extensively with aluminum for bumper reinforcements and body panels since 2003,” said Michael J. O’Neal, president of Diamond Standard. “The differences in these alloys is quite dramatic, and to my knowledge we are the only aftermarket manufacturer of 7000 alloy reinforcements.”
There are currently two series of aluminum alloys used in reinforcement bars: 6000 alloys with ultimate tensile strength of 45,000 psi and 7000 alloys with ultimate tensile strength of 83,000 psi. Diamond Standard says it is important to be cognizant of this when sourcing replacement parts. The company has 49 exclusive applications of the 7000 alloy currently available.
Diamond Standard Brand Parts Group tests steel and aluminum reinforcement bars at its ISO 17025 approved test lab (DSTL) and then submits to MGA Research Corporation in Burlington, Wis., for comparative testing and then on to certification.
Diamond Standard Brand Parts can easily be identified in any estimating system by a combination of Partslink Number plus the trademarked suffixes DS, DSN or DSC.