Building on the experience gained during the development of the U.S. Department of Defense Military Specification ATPD 2354A to qualify friction materials for military vehicles, Link Engineering Co. launched a laboratory testing program for police brake components. Police fleets around the county face challenges similar to the military regarding the demand for robust friction materials and brake rotors. In addition, with limited availability of test vehicles, police fleets will benefit from comprehensive and repeatable laboratory test procedures with stringent technical requirements and be using the Original Equipment performance as the main criteria to select and validate safety-related replacement brake parts.
Leveraging its comprehensive testing and engineering capabilities for both vehicle and inertia-dynamometer testing in Los Angeles, Arizona, and Michigan, the Police Declaration of Conformity program uses standard laboratory test procedures (duty cycles replicating police driving patterns and SAE recommended practices) and engineering assessments and comparisons to the OE to qualify friction materials and brake rotors. The program includes vehicles for all the main police fleet applications in the field: Ford (Crown Victoria, Taurus Interceptor, and Explorer), Chevrolet (Caprice, Impala, and Tahoe), and Dodge Charger.
The Declaration of Conformity program has three levels: brake pads only, brake rotors only, or brake kits with both and uses AMECA as the independent program registrar.
As part of the strategy to ensure a third-party evaluation and assessment as well as allowing purchasing personnel and technical staff to confirm the availability of products meeting the above requirements, the AMECA.org website will host a listing of suppliers and products on this program.
Link Engineering Co. is a premier testing system and service supplier since 1935. With more than 300 employees, corporate facilities in Plymouth, MI, and testing facilities in Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Brazil, China, Germany, and Korea, Link serves the automotive, commercial vehicle, aircraft, and rail industries. Vehicle manufacturers, tier-1, tier-2, and aftermarket customers from around the world use Link systems and services as part of their regular testing activities.
The Automotive Manufacturers Equipment Compliance Agency, Inc. (AMECA) was incorporated in late 1994 to continue providing the same safety equipment services to the states that the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, (AAMVA) had provided since 1967.