DTC Dynamic Test Center AG

Company history

A potted history of the company’s major milestones

09.2015: Acquisition of a Bosch CDR system for reading out crash-related vehicle data from control units with data recorder functions

03.2015: Installation of a test facility for load-securing equipment in line with EN 12640 and EN 12642

06.2014: Opening ceremony for the DTC test track as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations

12.2013: First successful dynamic simulation of a crash barrier collision with the help of LS Dyna

07.2013: Launch of the DTC test track

04.2012: Expansion of the servo-hydraulic system to 100 kN. 6 test cylinders can now be operated synchronously using a state-of-the-art control system (Inova)

12.2011: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 7 million
40th employee appointed

10.2011: Expansion of our accreditation as a testing laboratory in line with ISO 17025 (cableways, ADR, bicycles, sound power)

06.2010: Acquisition of the extended office and workshop building, launch of the test bench for belt anchorage tests and underrun protection

06.2010: Accreditation as certification and inspection body for RRS (crash barriers)

12.2009: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 6 million

09.2009: Acquisition of a 3D laser scanner to measure vehicles, accident sites and aircraft seat deformations

06.2009: 15 years of DTC (open day)

12.2008: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 5 million

10.2008: Expansion of the sled system for field tests

01.2008: Accreditation as a testing laboratory in line with ISO 17025 (noise, brakes, belts)

12.2007: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 4 million

10.2007: Construction of acceleration ramp with TSR Engineering to analyse road restraint systems (crash barrier tests)

08.2007: Expansion of the sled system to simulate mine explosions

12.2006: Introduction of “in-dummy” measurement technology

09.2006: Expansion of the 2x 25 kN servo-hydraulic system with test cylinders and joints

06.2006: Expansion of the crash facilities for corkscrew rollover

01.2006: 30th DTC employee appointed

12.2005: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 3 million

08.2004: Expansion of the sled system for impact shock tests up to 250 km/h and pulse lengths up to 100 ms

06.2004: 10 years of DTC (open day)

02.2004: Expansion of the 63 kN servo-hydraulic system with test cylinders and joints, using the CARLOS TC test setup

12.2002: 20th DTC employee appointed

04.2002: Expansion of the crash facilities in order to launch 2-wheeled vehicles and dummies (e.g. skiers)

12.2001: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 2 million

04.2001: Official recognition of the aircraft seat tests by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation

12.1999: Annual turnover exceeds CHF 1 million

12.1999: Cover installed at the acceleration area of the crash facilities to enable standard-compliant crash tests all year round

03.1999: ISO 9001 certification for the entire company

12.1998: 10th DTC employee appointed

06.1996 Official opening ceremony for the DTC test building and launch of the crash facilities. First crash for a special MTW (Menschen Technik Wissenschaft) broadcast on safety research in Switzerland

01.1996: Founding of DTC Accident Analysis with our own company regulations and establishment of an expert commission

09.1995: Expansion of the 16 kN servo-hydraulic system with test cylinders and joints

06.1995: Ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the DTC test building and crash facilities

06.1995: CHF 75,000 increase in share capital – to CHF 1,290,000 Approval of the company regulations and assignment of powers

03.1995: Appointed as the official testing centre for modifications to road vehicles by the Federal Office of Police

11.1994: Putting a uniaxial 40 kN hydropulser system into service

09.1994: Founding of the DTC Dynamic Test Center with a share capital of CHF 1,215,000