Historically, this customer had conducted, using well established procedures and facilities, its own in-house durability and validation programmes.
Historically, this customer had conducted, using well established procedures and facilities, its own in-house durability and validation programmes. Whilst making the best use of the available facilities and resources, it was evident that significant inefficiencies in the overall process were leading to unreliable results and expensive delays in completing the work.
Millbrook responded to the challenge by approaching the customer to offer an alternative and more reliable process but in addition, offer new facilities to achieve better correlation with in-service operating conditions.
The Millbrook Approach
Using the extensive experience of commercial and military vehicle durability, the Millbrook specialists examined the existing schedules and results and with further analysis of the end customer requirements developed a new set of procedures. The key elements addressed were:
As part of the procedure development programme, Millbrook invested in new facilities to both meet the durability simulation requirement but also to illustrate the flexibility and commitment in which Millbrook works with it’s clients.
Along with the improved repeatability, 50% saving in overall test time, the customer benefited from the development of new facilities specifically to meet his own requirements. The success of the initial programme led to the customer expanding the project to include a total of 20 vehicles which were evaluated over a period of 2.5 years. Millbrook was again able to demonstrate it’s flexible and innovative approach to solving customer problems leading to an ongoing established and trusted partnership.
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