JOHOR BARU: Buses in Malaysia are expected to have better safety features soon with the launch of Vogel Industries Malaysia’s tensile testing system here.
Vogel Industries Group chairman Heiner Vogel said the tensile testing system would be the first testing system in South-East Asia and was built in accordance to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
“The engineering of the testing device as well as its software were made in Germany and the completion of the project took a total of nine months.
“The investment allocated for the testing device is RM1.5mil and we are planning to invest another RM1mil for more testing devices,” he said during the launch of Vogel Industry Malaysia tensile testing system.
He added that future testing devices that were being looked into included shaking testing device and long-term testing of stability of seat.
He added that the testing facility launched by Vogel Industries Malaysia would also be open for public use.
“We believe that safety comes first and for those who share the same value are welcome to make an appointment with our engineers for further discussions,” he added.
Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak said the testing system would benefit Miros as it could enable more researches on safety of buses to be conducted.
“Based on numerous in-depth and analytical studies and crash reconstructions conducted by Miros, many of our buses had superstructure issues that could lead to fatalities during an accident.
“Results from Miros’ research and investigation into crashes have led to the decision that all agencies must comply with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regulations,” she said.
She added that the technology which the company was willing to share played an important role in improving safety features of buses in the country.
Vogel Industry Malaysia managing director Tai Boon Huck said the company spent about 300,000 euro (RM1.41mil) to 500,000 euro (RM2.36mil) every year to send its products for tests in Germany.
“Vogel tensile testing system is designed to evaluate the strength of structures when subjected to test loads with specific standards.
“By bringing the technology home, we are able to ensure passenger safety more efficiently and with less manpower,” he said.