MGM Brakes parent
company, Indian Head Industries, Inc. (IHI), unveiled a new
Technology Center in 1995 at the company’s headquarters.
This facility is responsible for on-going R&D of MGM Brakes
spring brake actuators and service chambers. This is where
it all begins when we say our products are "Designed
with Quality, Made with Pride."
The Technology Center is staffed with Experienced
Personnel including test engineers, CAD designers and test
technicians. Equipment includes CAD work stations, fatigue
testing stands, a corrosion chamber, an environmental chamber
(-68°C to +177°C), presses, microscopes, etc. New
equipment is constantly being added.
A sophisticated Data Acquisition System is
used to electronically collect data on components undergoing
testing. This data can then be stored for future reference
or manipulated and processed for development into statistical
information, design standards and performance levels.
Finite Element Analysis, an advanced mathematical
modeling and structural analysis, is also used. This technique
evaluates the component’s design feasibility through
mathematical computer modeling prior to actual physical prototype
building and testing. Later, real prototypes are made for
Weibull Analysis is also used to conduct
statistical reliability predictions on product fatigue performance
based upon limited fatigue testing.
Individual Test and Quality-Control Labs
also exist at the MGM Brakes manufacturing plants located
in Cloverdale, California and Murphy, North Carolina, ensuring
that components already in production always meet the highest