R&D

Introduction

Our R&D Team consists of about 100 engineers of which 4 engineers have more than 40 years of experience and 40 engineers have more than 10 years of experience in the friction material area. They are extremely experienced and professional.  Our R&D Team have the ability to develop and produce advanced formulas according to the different needs of our customers and the market.

We particularly focus on formula development investment and the test unit capacity is improved every year. Two well-known international consultants from Japan and German were hired by our factory to develop the new formulas and to analyze how to improve the performance of our products and finally, deliver excellent goods to our customers. All these processes help us deliver advanced products at a very competitive price.
We have 8 Dyno test equipment which represents the leading position in the friction material industry. The Dyno test equipment allows us to study the brake action in an environment similar to the actual braking system. With this, we are able to identify any problems that may occur during the test process and find the best and effective solution. Additionally, we can apply this advanced equipment during new formula verification, production inspection, and testing of new products. This process enables us to deliver the best products to our customers.

Test Capability

We have the following 8 Dyno test equipment:
New formula verification: When a new formula is designed, we can use the Dyno to test if the formula meets the requirements of our customers in terms of its braking power, noise performance, working life and performance under various conditions. The Dyno is able to test the brake system as if in a real car environment.
Production inspection: This process tests the brake pad to ensure its performance is perfect.
New test procedure testing: When there are new standards released, we can check whether our products and equipment meet the requirement.
Brake action study: This process studies the performance of brake pads when braking under different conditions like different speeds, different temperatures etc. This is to ensure the brake pad has a good braking power, reduced noise, long working life and a stable performance.
All the Dynos have the similar functionalities that provide us the equipment to study the braking performance of our brake pads. Since the climate and road conditions are different from country to country, the imported Dyno gives us the opportunity to test brake pads under various conditions (different temperature, humidity, road condition etc.) and also test the noise performance. All these enable us to test the brake pads according to different testing standards.

Vehicle Test Equipment:

Before a new formula is introduced to the market and finally used by our customers, they must undergo this final process of vehicle test / road testing. This means the brake pad using the new formula would be installed in the car to test its performance. In this way, we have an understanding of the performance of the new formula and check if they can satisfy the needs of our clients.

We apply the incoming test, process inspection and finished products inspection to ensure quality products.

Incoming Test

  • Supplier material test: All the materials that arrive at our factory from our suppliers are tested before they are stored and put into production. This is to ensure we use good quality material.
  • Incoming inspection: All the materials that are used for production are inspected before using, in order to ensure everything used is qualified.
  • New material analyzing: If we change the supplier, then all the materials from a new supplier are examined and tested before using for production.

Process Inspection

Before mass production, the brake pads need to go through various physical and chemical testing to ensure the materials that were used meet the requirements and are qualified. During production, parts in each process are inspected.
Physical test: There are various physical test equipment to perform these tests. For example, the shear strength equipment is to test the friction material so that it does not fall off from the backing plate during braking. The heat swell & transfer tester would test whether the brake pad can work normally under extreme conditions such as very high temperature etc.
Chemical test: This is to test whether the brake power would not be affected even when the brake pad is exposed to acid or alkaline substances.
Dimension test: This is to ensure the size of brake pads in order to fit into the caliper perfectly.
Density test: This is to test the density of the brake pads and to ensure they work efficiently and properly.
Rockwell Hardness Test Apparatus: Used for hardness inspection of lining.
Strength Shearing Curing Over: This is to test the adhesive strength between the pad and back plate under a high temperature treatment.
T-Pull Test apparatus: For shim bonding force inspection or clip pull off force.
Compressibility Tester: To test the compressibility under high temperature.

Material and Formulation Research

We has a strong and talented staff base to run new product development at full capacity. Specialists from Japan and Germany come here to guide and train Asimco staff in their research and development which has further improved the product quality and technology.

Incoming Material Test

Raw materials or metal parts are inspected before using. This ensures the quality and stability of raw material processed.

Sample Test

Our R&D team performs a variety of tests such as CHASE test, constant speed test, porosity test, medium resistance test, T-pull test, corrosion resistance test, thermal expansion test and compressibility test to verify and ensure the new formula’s quality and performance.

Dynamometer Test

Our R&D team use the Dynamometer test to measure the performance of brake pads/shoes and optimize the selection of types and properties of friction material from the analysis of test data.

Road Test

Our R&D team use local vehicles for specific road testing of the brake materials to confirm if the brake material is perfect for a real-life application.