SMP’s engineering and design capabilities are second to none. We have a large, dedicated professional engineering team utilizing the most advanced processes and methodology.
And our passion for quality and testing is unparalleled. We have a large, dedicated professional engineering team that utilizes the most advanced processes to ensure that our products will always meet or exceed the original and more important, perform to our demanding standards.
SMP has five fully equipped design centers with a technical staff of more than 120 people. A significant portion of our capital commitment is earmarked for engineering initiatives. In fact, since 2010 we have increased our engineering staff and resources by 50%. Recent vertically integrated, bolt-on acquisitions include Continental® emission sensors, BLD® emissions products, Visteon® canister vent valves, CompressorWorks®, Advanced Automotive Design® MAP sensors, and our interest in Orange Electronics® TPMS sensors. These efforts support our strategic commitment to increase manufacturing capabilities and our basic footprint.
Our engineering teams design our products from the ground up using 3D design modeling of product componentry, tooling, and the complete manufacturing process. Every component is scrutinized, no matter how small. CAD electronic circuit design allows us to meticulously simulate and analyze every detail. Our engineering methodologies also include FEA modeling, stress analysis modeling, finite elemental analysis, fast prototyping – SLA stereo lithography analysis, and digital performance analysis. You get the idea.
Along with our engineering practices, our products go through extensive testing and product validation to ensure that there is 100% consistent product reliability. This regimen includes end-of-line and product lifecycle testing as well as the following:
Of course with 40,000 parts in the line, we can’t make everything. But we do have the resources and experience to provide the engineering and quality control to ensure that every product we pack is always of the highest quality, ready to perform with outstanding reliability. Our Asian sourcing office supplements our U.S. purchasing group and both offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan have engineering expertise. They also receive significant headquarters support with a dedicated Director of International Sourcing, a 20,000 sq. ft. laboratory and test facility, a dedicated staff of engineers and engineering technicians to ensure stringent adherence to OE fit, form, and function and excellent quality control.
These are a few of the reasons that SMP brands are synonymous with quality, and enjoy tremendous satisfaction at the installer and by the motorist. SMP is the automotive standard of excellence!