Technical

Our reputation for quality and safety puts us at the forefront of international safety standards. Trusted across the world by passengers, their families and safety professionals, we deliver crash tested solutions for your vehicle.

 

Quality Standards

BraunAbility is a leading provider of passenger safety products and as an ISO 9001:2015, quality standards, company, we have a strong commitment to safety. We aim to meet, or exceed, all regulatory requirements and Codes of Practice, on all products, which we manufacture and supply.

It is our objective to give customers and end users complete confidence in the ability of our products to offer safety during travel, provided they are installed and used in the correct manner.

BraunAbility carries out a stringent testing programme on all products, both at established external test-houses, and also at our own extensive in-house testing facilities.

 

We use a number of accredited test houses for specific and general testing.

Many tests are being been witnessed by VCA, UTAC, RDW, TÜV and other authorising bodies depending on the test parameters and other local requirements which may vary from country to country in some instances.

 

Dynamic Laboratory

We are the first UK manufacturer of wheelchair safety systems to have its own dynamic laboratory for crash tests as well as its own static testing facility. We work closely with UK and International Test Houses to ensure our products meet current international standards and regulations.


Through these close working relationships, we are able to offer both in-house dynamic testing for development work and witness testing for approvals to European regulations.

We carry out tests on our own products to the requirements of ISO 10542 and we can also perform dynamic tests on vehicle specific floor sections for individual customer specifications. We have a dedicated engineering team who understand UK and European legislation and work closely with customers according to their needs. We believe in 100% customer satisfaction.

We are also able to construct bespoke fixtures to suit individual customer requirements.

Equipment Used:

  • Deceleration Sled with a maximum payload of 800kg.
  • Robust drive system producing repeatable in-bound velocity accuracy
  • High speed camera with 1400 frames per second
  • Advanced Data Acquisition Unit conforming to SAE J211
  • Hybrid II and Hybrid III 50%ile dummies

BraunAbility wheelchair safety products have been tested to the requirements of ISO 10542 using this facility and have been witnessed by the Vehicle Certificate Agency (VCA). All the results are supported by independent test reports.

 

Industry Standards

The performance requirements of our products are specified by either European Directives, UNECE Regulations, European Standards (CEN) or International Standards (ISO) according to the product type and application.

1. Wheelchair tie-downs and occupant restraints “WTORS”.
Minimum requirements for WTORS are laid out in ISO 10542 (parts 1-5). All WTORS are required to pass a simulated crash test at 20g/48kph using an 85kg surrogate wheelchair and 75kg ATD occupant. The BraunAbility range of wheelchair tie-down products comply with or exceed the minimum requirements of ISO 10542, with proven systems capable of securing 100kg to 200kg powered wheelchairs.

ISO 10542 compliant WTORS satisfy requirements for European Whole Vehicle Type Approval for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles under the Special Purpose Category, The European Bus Directive 2001/85/EC, UNECE Regulation 107 and the UK Public Service Vehicles Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) 2000.

2. ISO 7176 Part 19 – Wheeled Mobility devices for use as seats in motor vehicles.
ISO 7176 Part 19 provides wheelchair manufacturers with minimum design, performance requirements and associated test methods for both manual and powered wheelchairs intended for use as a forward-facing vehicle seat in a road passenger vehicle.

The test method exposes an occupied wheelchair to the worst-case vehicle crash event – a 20g/48kmh crash simulation using ATD occupant of an appropriate mass as stated by the wheelchair manufacturer.

3. Vehicle Seat fixtures
BraunAbility removable seat fixtures allow service providers to achieve a flexible floor plan for maximum vehicle utilisation throughout a working day. The seat fixtures form an integral path for the loads of seatbelt anchorages and are tested following the requirements of UNECE Regulation 14, or Directive 76/115/EC, as amended by 2005/41/EC. Both Directive and Regulation specify seatbelt anchorage load requirements by vehicle category:

M1 Vehicles: Vehicles for the carriage of passengers comprising no more than 8 seats in addition to the driver.

M2 Vehicles: Vehicles for the carriage of passengers comprising more than 8 seats in addition to the driver’s seat and having a maximum mass not exceeding 5 tonnes.

M3 Vehicles: Vehicles used for the carriage of passengers comprising more than 8 seats in addition to the drivers’ seat and having a maximum mass exceeding 5 tonnes.

4. Seatbelts
BraunAbility supplies seatbelts that comply with the design and performance requirements of UNECE Regulation 16 and the Directive 77/541/EC, as amended by Directive 2005/40/EC.

5. Floor and Anchorage Systems
BraunAbility Innotrax bonded floor systems, Low Profile, Surface and Heavy Duty Rail have been used in conjunction with our  products in a wide range of vehicle models and types.
When used as a part of a system, BraunAbility floor and rails systems are compliant with the requirements of UNECE Regulation 14 and the Directive 76/115/EC as amended. All our Innotrax and rails meet the M1 level for a single seat, and M2 level for a double seat.

6. Solo
The patented Solo Anchorage System has been rigorously tested as an anchorage device for wheelchair tie-downs and exceeds the requirements of ISO 10542.