Diamond Standard, which currently owns the industry distinction of being the first manufacturer to receive independent certification on automobile bumper reinforcements in both high-strength steel and high-strength 7000 alloy aluminum, has announced that it will apply for CAPA certification for this category.
“Structural parts is a serious category which requires the diligence of the manufacturer to make certain these parts are built to a standard and tested to the performance characteristics of the OE production or service part,” said Michael O’Neal, president of Diamond Standard.
Extensive comparative dynamic and quasi static testing versus OE parts has been conducted since 2002 by MGA Design Research at its facilities in Burlington, Wis. Parts submitted for independent certification are required to meet the test standards established by those organizations.
“This is only my personal opinion, but it’s past time that the industry got on the right track and reject manufacturers of low-end structural safety parts, not just the cheap parts they make,” said O’Neal. “Under Diamond Standard Quality Management System Protocols, we only make a high-quality tested product for the North American market. We don’t get caught up in the price game.”