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Key Standards for Your Automotive Testing

The automotive industry is an incredibly complex one. Today’s cars are incredibly powerful and also have intricate electrical systems as well as new technology, like sophisticated driver-assistance systems that enhance driver experience and safety. With so many varied components to consider, there are also a high number of safety standards to bear in mind – here are some of the most vital.  

Essential automotive standards

There are a few essential standards that must be met by automotive manufacturers.  

IATF 16949 

This is the basic global automotive industry standard for quality management systems. It was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), with support from AIAG, and companies who want to supply products to the Automotive Industry must be IATF 16949 registered.  

ISO 14001 

The automotive industry is one that is very aware of sustainability and this key standard requires manufacturers to manage and control aspects of their environmental footprint.  

Standards for automotive electronics

The components embedded in automotive electronics systems must be reliable, rugged and built for longevity. That’s why there are some strict quality standards around them, such as: 


These signify the standard tests for active components in automotive electronics systems,  such as switches and power amplifiers (PAs). 


These cover the series of tests for passive devices, for example RF filters used in Wi-Fi and cellular communications. 

Automotive testing standards

There are also many different testing standards to take into account when it comes to assessing the raw materials, bonds, coatings and much more when it comes to automotive testing. Just a few things to consider are: 

Hardness testing 

This determines a penetration measurement and complies with ASTM E-18  and  ISO 6508. Our Tru-Blue II Rockwell Hardness Tester is a reliable option here. Also useful is our Tru-Blue Micro VT which is a microhardness tester that complies with the following standards: ASTM E834, ASTM E92, ISO 4546, ISO 6507 and ISO 9385. 

Melt flow testing 

It’s also essential to know about the integrity of polymers used in car manufacturing and melt flow testing will let you see how they behave at various temperatures. For example, our MFR100 Manual Basic Melt Flow System meets ASTM D1238 and ISO 1133 standards. 

Impact testing 

Knowing how materials will react on impact is particularly essential when it comes to the automotive industry. Testing standards like ASTM A370, which is the accepted standard for the technical testing of steels, stainless steels, and related alloys, are incredibly useful. The standard also covers tension, bend, hardness, and impact tests and is widely used in the automotive industry. Solutions like our Falling Weight Impact tester also complies to ASTM D2444, ISO 3127, ISO 6603 and UL 651. 

Automotive testing with Industrial Physics

We know that test and inspect solutions need to fit seamlessly into your process, that’s why reliability, speed and ease of use are all top priorities. Our engineers can help you choose, install and implement your testing machines and our wealth of knowledge about the automotive industry means we can get right to the heart of your needs. Have a look at the huge variety of solutions on offer in our automotive testing range.