CURT Manufacturing, a manufacturer of USA-made towing products, has developed new testing capabilities at its engineering facility in Wixom, Mich., the company said in a news release Friday (Nov. 2).
This multi-faceted, three-axis, real-time test allows us to prove the safety of our hitches like never before and is setting a new standard in the towing industry in North America.
Based on testing developed by European manufacturers called the Carlos TC (Car Loading Standard, Trailer Coupling), this new test is designed to simulate towing in the real world. It does this using three actuators and varying loads. While many tests today apply load pressure up and down, we are able to simulate actual driving conditions by pushing, pulling, lifting and pressing at the coupling point. These forces are applied in varying combinations and degrees, to mimic the behavior of a real trailer in tow.
“It is important that we are testing our products to the state-of-the-art, and the Carlos TC test and our latest North American industry work are important steps in furthering that goal,” Robert Krouse, director of R&D and Testing and Wixom Engineering said.
To learn more about testing capabilities in Wixom, check out this video.