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​​SABS Emissions testing going strong​

Vehicle Emissions testing at our automotive laboratory in East London is experiencing an upturn in volume, although we are still below our capacity of about 1200 tests per annum; this capacity depending on the export destination. The emissions laboratory currently has two cells, each climate controlled to 23°C (+/-1°C), RH 44% (+/-4%) and each run with 100%
fresh air (no recirculation).

The soak area, capable of storing around 30 vehicles, is climate controlled to the same conditions and the entire laboratory is accredited by the South African National Accreditation
System (SANAS) to SANS ISO 17025:2005 for the following procedures:

  •  SABS ECE R83:1993 & SANS20083:2007 (Euro 1 to Euro 4)
  •  SANS20101
  •  Regulation 83, to Revision 4 (up to Euro 6)*
  •  US requirements, FTP75 [ULEVII and SULEV], plus supplementary tests US03 & US06, and Highway Fuel Economy Test
  •  Australian requirements ADR79/00, 79/01 & 79/02 (based on European Regulations)
  •  Japanese requirements TRIAS23 (JAP11, JAP1015 & LTS05) and TRIAS60 (JC08C & HOT)​​
The lab’s Certificate and Schedule can be found on the SANAS website under “Accredited Facilities”.

* We expect to be able to test to Euro 6 by April 2017. The primary differences in test equipment associated with the change to Euro 6 deal with exhaust sample handling, particulate measurement and the headwind fan. Because of the general trend, in Europe, of switching to diesel cars (because of lower CO 2 emissions), there has been a greater emphasis on diesel emissions – specifically particulates and NOx. To reduce particulate emissions, diesel particulate filters are now mandatory, and the resultant low levels of particulates need special methods of measurement.​

Dynamometer controller, rollers, headwind fan and dilution tunnels at the SABS automotive ​laboratory in East London