Products are required to perform their intended functions in dynamic and adverse conditions. Environmental testing will significantly enhance product reliability by identifying the root cause of product weakness in the design stage.
What is Environmental Testing?
Environmental Testing involves exposing a package or product to a variety of stresses in order to reproduce the conditions that the package/product is expected to survive in its transportation, storage and operating life. This is often done with the use of an Environmental Test Chamber.
This will result in reduced field failures, minimising the high risk of warranty costs and improved customer satisfaction. The environmental tests outlined are tailor made to detect most if not all of the potential failure modes and to achieve optimum results.
Why do Environmental Testing?
It is vital to know how your products will perform under these conditions in order to:
- Increase the reliability of your product
- Minimize risk from warranty and damage claims
- Quickly identify root cause of product / package problems and failures thus getting them addressed and to market faster
- Reduce field failures and improve your customer satisfaction
Anecto offers a full suite of Accelerated Stress Tests (AST) and accelerated life testing which review the long term reliability of your product or equipment. Anecto’s ISO 17025 accredited test facilities use modern environmental test chambers which test for a wide range of environmental factors which typically cause products to fail from infancy to End of Life. These include:
- HALT Testing
- Temperature and Humidity Testing
- Thermal Shock Testing
- Water Ingress – IP Testing
- Salt Corrosion testing
- Sand and Dust / Solid Particle – IP Testing
- Altitude Testing
- Hi/Lo Temp. Cycling
- High Temperature Testing
- Low Temperature Testing
Combined Environmental Testing
Transportation testing provides a very effective basis for evaluating in a laboratory setting the ability of shipping units to withstand the distribution environment. This is accomplished by subjecting the units to a sequence of anticipated hazards that may be encountered when distributed around the world. The key methods of testing are outlined as follows:
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