Webinar: Ensuring Hose Quality in a Changing Automotive Market

Webinar: Ensuring Hose Quality in a Changing Automotive Market

Original Run Date: February 18, 2021 | download below >

The automotive hose industry is constantly changing. Hose manufacturers are striving to balance the evolving needs of fluid transfer systems for ICE vehicles and the growing global demand for electric vehicles. Product development cycles are speeding up, the number of hoses in an assembly is growing, lightweighting and other cost-saving practices are becoming more common, and supply chains have been affected by COVID-19 and other unpredictable factors. Hose manufacturers and suppliers are adapting quickly to keep up with these changes while upholding the automotive industry’s unshakable dedication to quality.
In this 45-minute webinar, Smithers expert Jeff Andrasik will discuss quality validation for automotive hoses. He will review recent trends and shifts in the automotive hose market, including the impact of COVID-19, and discuss how these changes impact the journey from R&D to production. He will give a detailed overview of common laboratory testing methods that can be used to predict field performance of automotive hoses, including pressure, vibration, temperature, and material tests. Finally, Andrasik will explain the benefits of periodic quality audits for hoses and discuss the elements of a successful auditing program.
There will be a live Q&A session with Andrasik at the end of the webinar.

About the Presenter

Jeff Andrasik is General Manager for Product Testing in North America. Since joining Smithers in 2002, he has developed an executed a vast range of test programs for hoses and fluid transfer assemblies for the automotive, industrial, aerospace, nuclear, and consumer products industries. He is a member of the Hose Safety Institute Advisory Council of the National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD). He has a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical polymer engineering from the University of Akron.

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