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February 9, 2016

Ford Uses Materials Ready for the Long Haul (w/ Videos)

Throughout a vehicle’s lifetime, it’s inevitable that the materials inside a car show signs of wear and tear. Imagine the frequent sitting on car seats, leaning on arm rests, gripping the steering wheel and fiddling with the instruments. So what does Ford do to help make sure all vehicles are up to this challenge?

To help guarantee the durability of these fabrics, leathers and plastics, Ford engineers subject every material used inside Ford vehicles to a series of meticulous and unrelenting tests where they are stretched, scratched, snagged, sniffed and even splashed with the likes of grease, dirtand hot coffee, to see how they will stand up against the test of time.

These tests are done to help ensure it takes a lot more than a spilled cup of coffee, the graze of a sharp edge or any accidental scrapes and scuffs to break down these materials. Some of the unusual ordeals Ford materials need to go through include:
  • The Five-Finger Scratch Test, which is used to scratch samples of different plastics to see how much abuse they can take;
  • The Soil and Cleanability Test, which splashes different substances on seat fabrics to evaluate how well they can be cleaned afterwards, testing their overall stain resistance;
  • The Resistance to Dye Transfer Test, which rubs materials of different colors (i.e. those dreaded new blue jeans, long-term destroyer of white leather sofas the world around) against the leather used for car seats to see if any stains are left behind;
  • The Mace Snagging Test, which spins seat fabrics on rotating rollers roughly 600 times while they’re repeatedly struck by a spikey iron ball to test how strong they are
In addition, a team of examiners smell various samples of materials used inside Ford vehicles and rank them to help the engineers achieve interiors that are free of disturbing odors.

The meticulous nature of these tests is a testament to Ford’s unwavering commitment to delivering quality vehicles to customers, and going the extra mile to ensure standards of comfort and durability, plus an environment that will last, ensuring quality vehicles remain at their peak throughout the long cycle of their lives.

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1 comment:

  1. ford lang ata ang may anti bacterial materials sa car interiors. Proven ko na ito sa 2-ford focus. the interiors smells clean kahit 4 years na yun fancy air perfumes, car perfumes etc., this should be a benchmark among other car manufacturers..


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