“The research result not only give us confidence in the expected result from actual rollover test, but it also saves time and reduces production cost. In addition, if there were unforeseen problems with the test result, we can use that information to improve the bus structure. In the long run, it can be used for further research.”

Mr. Sriwat Trichakraphop
Manager of Phanthong Machinery Co., Ltd.

Phanthong Machinery Co., Ltd. is an associated company of Srithepthai group. The company’s main business is design and assembly of various vehicles, such as 6-12 meter length air-conditioned buses, both single-decker and double-decker, all-purpose vans and large vehicles such as mobile homes, x-ray medical vehicles, mobile libraries and mobile office vehicles.

The company focuses on improving the quality of products, services and personnel to enhance its competitiveness at international level. Thus, an emphasis in placed on design and production to build customer trust and confidence in the strength and safety of the company’s bus structure.

Mr. Sriwat Trichakraphop, Manager of Phanthong Machinery Co., Ltd., recounted the work with MTEC. “Since the market of assembled bus and modified vehicle have become more competitive and Department of Land will put the law for the standard test of the bus structure into effect in 2019. Thus, the company would like to assess the strength of vehicle body structure using computer-aided engineering before the whole bus assembly is subjected to the rollover test.”

“The company has manufactured a standardized structure but does not possess computational facilities for automotive engineering analysis. So the company chose to work with MTEC because MTEC is well-equipped with advanced tools and possesses research team with required technical expertise.”

“The research result not only give us confidence in the expected result from actual rollover test, but it also saves time and reduces production cost. In addition, if there were unforeseen problems with the test result, we can use that information to improve the bus structure. In the long run, it can be used for further research, for example, improvement of bus structure with lightweight materials, new design for parts material replacements, new welding techniques and development of electric vehicle. Moreover, MTEC also has researchers with various expertise which meet the company’s interests. This enables us to establish a collaboration in the future.”

“For future project planning, it would be wise to add spare time in the plan schedule, just in case; in this way, we will have sufficient time to analyze the assembled structure and do the rollover test.”

“I believe that if government agencies responsible for standardization have a policy that they would accept the analytical results from government research agencies, this will help gain more service demands from private sector.”, said Mr. Sriwat.

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