The approximately $1.5 million investment by Fras-le distinguishes the company as the first friction manufacturer to own a dynamometer with a test chamber of that size, which allows Fras-le to fit a full axle of a pickup truck inside for testing, whereas only corner axle testing is possible with smaller dynamometers.
Fras-le's new dynamometer, for light- and medium-duty vehicle testing, is designed to reproduce actual vehicle road conditions and will test for durability, wear, performance, and NVH. The new large chamber also enables Fras-le to test for environmental control by reproducing many different humidity and temperature differences and to conduct enhanced noise testing. The new dynamometer is located in Link Engineering's Dearborn, Mich. facility, which is near Fras-le's North American headquarters in Northville, Mich.
"Fras-le produces original equipment and aftermarket friction materials with the quality required by the major vehicle manufacturers worldwide," said Rodrigo Meirelles, Fras-le North America's vice president and general manager. "The new dyno, with the larger chamber, continues Fras-le's efforts to expand and invest in our U.S. operations and gives us greatly enhanced capabilities to better serve the needs of our customers."
Fras-le's new brake dynamometer complements the company's increased commitment to friction manufacturing in the U.S. at its plant in Prattville, Ala., which recently announced an $11 million investment in friction manufacturing equipment.
Besides its lab in Prattville, Fras-le has an advanced research and development center in Brazil, where the company has multiple dynamometers and one of the best-equipped labs in the world. Fras-le houses chemical, physical and pilot labs that enable it to develop premium high-performance products. In addition, the company has a state-of-the art proving grounds in southern Brazil that allows Fras-le to certify a diverse range of products and to develop and test products in accordance with the most advanced technological standards.
Fras-le brake pads and linings, known for their quality and performance features, are available in the North American OE and aftermarket, as well as in more than 80 countries. All of the company's friction products are comprised of application specific formulations, are made from top-quality raw materials and are asbestos-free.