Johnson Controls Opens Crash Test Lab In Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Johnson Controls Inc. Tuesday announced the open of a new crash test center at its automotive seating headquarters in Plymouth.

The 6,000-square-foot center houses a Seattle Safety ServoSled that allows Johnson Controls to offer accurate, standardized safety testing of seats. Johnson Controls also has other crash test sites in Burscheid, Germany; Changchun and Shanghai, China; and Yokohama, Japan.

“The investment in this new North American crash test facility reinforces our commitment to innovation and technology as well as the safety of our products,” said Jeff Williams, group vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls Automotive Seating’s global Complete Seat and Supply Chain group. “There are only 44 ServoSleds worldwide and only 10 in the United States. Johnson Controls has one of the largest sled testing networks globally.”

The new lab addresses increasingly stringent and precise governmental seat safety specifications as well as customer expectations for a testing environment that meets evolving industry standards.

Johnson Controls says its global network of test sites allows it to consistently deliver global engineering, product development and validation to meet the needs of a globalizing industry. Global collaboration on validation methods and equipment ensures that similar results are achieved regardless of the testing location.

The new sled is a closed-loop system that allows Johnson Controls to monitor in real-time what is happening to the seat or seat component as a test is being run.

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