PRODUCT TESTING FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS
If you’re a manufacturer of a consumer product, you’re already keenly aware of the costs involved if your product goes to market and fails to live up to consumers’ expectations — or worse, if it needs to be recalled. Beyond the impact on your bottom line, there’s also the negative publicity and adverse impact on your company’s reputation.
For these reasons and more, manufacturers of consumer products typically make the prudent decision to conduct some forms of product testing. But when do you perform these tests? During the design phase, during production — or both? And what about the types of tests to conduct? Do you know which tests are most likely to give you the feedback you need to make any necessary modifications?
On top of all this, if you’ve ever worked with large testing laboratories in the past, you may have experienced limitations and long wait periods. Fortunately, with Quality Testing Services, LLC, you never have to worry about that. Our more than two decades in the business of supplying standard and customized testing services to a wide variety of industries — from consumer electronics to medical device manufacturers — has only made us more creative, flexible and attentive to each of our client’s needs. We don’t just supply testing services — we give you and your product the utmost attention.
HALT Testing for Consumer Products
HALT — or Highly Accelerated Life Testing — is a popular test choice for consumer product manufacturers for many reasons. First and foremost, HALT testing is employed to reduce the risk of going into production — or worse, to market — with an undiscovered weakness or flaw in your product that can cost your company millions of dollars in recalls and redesigns.
Instead of more time-consuming tests such as Design Verification Testing and Environmental Stress Screening, HALT testing puts a workpiece through gradually increasing stress levels of a specific nature to uncover points of weakness in a short period. By discovering where a piece fails in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks, a manufacturer can make adjustments while still in the design phase and as a result produce a best-in-class product.
Because HALT testing isn’t a pass/fail test but instead an experiment designed to find the weakest links in a product, it’s an extremely popular option for manufacturers that are still developing their product but already dealing with tight deadlines.
At QTS, we use state-of-the-art testing chambers specially designed for the temperature, vibration and combination of stresses that HALT testing subjects workpieces to — including the following steps:
- Hot thermal step stress
- Cold thermal step stress
- Rapid thermal cycling
- Vibration step stress
- Combined environment
HASS Testing for Consumer Products
As consumer products graduate from the design phase and go into the manufacturing and production processes, new and separate risks are involved. If defects due to supplied materials or assembly procedures are not discovered during this stage of a product’s lifecycle, the resulting consequences could be disastrous if the product is allowed to go to market.
This is why HASS — or Highly Accelerated Stress Screening — serves as an integral testing procedure for products as they go into production. With literally millions of dollars on the line, manufacturers get to see if their products are living up to their expectations. Through the use of incrementally increasing thermal and vibration stress testing designed to eventually exceed a product’s specifications but remain within any earlier HALT testing parameters, this form of Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) can uncover product weaknesses at one of the most crucial stages of the manufacturing process.
Why Choose Quality Testing Services, LLC?
When the pressure is on to deliver, you want a testing lab that gives you and your product the attention and respect it deserves. That’s why ever since Quality Testing Services was formed by the former head of the HALT/HASS testing labs at Qualmark, we’ve built a superior reputation by supplying each client with superior attention, guidance and value.
If you’d like to learn more about our consumer product testing capabilities or request a quote, contact us today. We’re always happy to help.