To ensure quality and reliability of a product, required testing should be set in place. Through product testing, manufacturers are able to set technical standards for their products in order to produce high-quality materials that are safe for customer use.
To stay ahead in the manufacturing industry and maximize your companies reputation and profits, it is important to have guidelines to follow to ensure your products meet customer expectations. If you’re unsure about your companies product testing methods, check out these four reasons why product testing is important for manufacturers.
Gives insight into system level functions.
While testing the functionality of your product on its own is beneficial, it is also wise to test your product in the type of system it will be functioning in. Your product is only as good as the sum of all parts working together.
To test how your product should function with others, you should first determine what the goal of the system is and if your product is working to meet this goal. It is important to ensure that the tested product does not inhibit any moving parts in the system and all parts will be able to work together in harmony.
Find out what your product can endure.
Stress testing should be an integrated part of product testing in order to figure out what types of stress your product can endure, whether it be temperature, weather, pressure, or other harmful conditions.
Through stress testing, manufacturers can introduce real situations that their product will face during their lifecycle, without waiting out the life of the product. For example, corrosion could occur over time if the product is consistently exposed to chemicals. In order to ensure this doesn’t happen, manufacturers should introduce corrosive materials, like salt water, to see how the product reacts.
Catch product defects early on.
It’s important to be aware of the durability of your product before it reaches the customer. To avoid any issues with customer dissatisfaction or product malfunction, testing before use is crucial.
In larger applications, product defects have the potential to cause serious injury. To protect users, your company reputation and integrity, it is important to minimize the risk of defects by thoroughly testing products before they are sold.
Assuring that your product meets specific standards is one of the central purposes of product testing. There are certain requirements that many products need to meet in order to be distributed and applied.
This is especially true in the medical industry. In order for products like o-rings and seals to be used in medical devices, the materials need to undergo testing to be classified as medical grade. Examples of the various tests that medical grade material must endure include USP testing and ISO 10993. Since these materials are critical in many difficult applications, ensuring that they are safe and up to the task is vital.
Building and incorporating product reliability tests should be integrated into every manufacturing facility. To ensure your products are safe, reliable and high-quality, various testing should occur before the product leaves the facility.
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