addvantage has passed an important milestone by obtaining Type Approval Certification from the UK Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). This is a very in depth and difficult process to complete and it is a crucial step in the development of any new vehicle or automotive product. It is official recognition of the addvantage’s safety and design integrity, and that it meets EU and UN standards.
The purpose of these certifications is to ensure that all vehicles and components are safe to be on the road. EU member states determined that the risk to people’s safety posed by vehicles is too great to allow the approvals to be carried out by industry, so instead third party government agencies carry out the testing and certification independently of the manufacturer.
The Type Approval certification for addvantage included a “Conformity of Production” assessment in which the manufacturing process of addvantage was determined to meet requirements based around established quality systems principles and certification to ISO9001, with appropriate control plans in place to deal with the specific approval aspects. This process included an inspection of the production facility at TT Electronics by VCA assessors.
TT Electronics’ world-class quality standards were instrumental in addvantage obtaining its Type Approval certification with flying colours. Thanks to this certification, addvantage can be rolled out around the world in the knowledge that it meets or exceeds many global standards.
TT Electronics PLC has been selected as the manufacturing supplier for addvantage.
TTE delivers high quality solutions to many of the world’s blue chip organisations. With a reputation for delivering high quality, end-to-end solutions for the aerospace, defence, medical, industrial and transportation sectors, TTE’s team of engineers develop products for harsh environments where rugged design enables functionality in extreme conditions.
With headquarters in Woking, Surrey and global manufacturing sites in North America, Europe and Asia, TTE provide the support mechanisms expected from a large service provider, with the tailored intimate approach of a specialty group.
Incorporating the latest technologies, methodologies and equipment, TTE’s manufacturing complies with and exceeds international standards for quality accreditation. With TTE, addvantage units undergo extensive stress testing to ensure maximum reliability and dependability. Tests include:
- Environmental Stress Screening
- Climatic Testing
- Vibration and Shock Testing
- Dynamic Testing
- Humidity and IP Testing
- Highly Accelerated Stress Screening
- Radio Frequency Testing
TT Electronics PLC quick facts:
- 4,100 Employees
- 27 Locations worldwide
- £569m Turnover (2016)
- 30 Years in the Auto Industry
TTE’s manufacturing sites incorporate the latest technologies, methodologies and equipment combined with continuous improvement and training of our employees. We develop products for harsh environments where rugged design enables products to function in extremes of conditions:
- TS 16949: Automotive quality management system
- ISO 14001: Environmental management systems
- OHSAS 18001: Occupational health and safety management systems
- Nadcap: National Aerospace and Defense contractors accreditation• IPC-A-610D: Electronic assemblies training and certification
- J-STD-001: Training and certification program
- SC21 Bronze Award: Supply chain excellence
- ISO9001, 9001, 13485