The Importance of Product Testing
Testing is an essential part of developing a quality product. It helps manufacturers create products that are reliable within certain technical standards. In other words, testing is a necessary step for product development teams to go through to provide high quality products that last. Perhaps most importantly, product testing can ensure that an item is safe for general use.
Testing ensures that the products manufacturers bring to market hold up to even the most rugged and ruthless conditions, similar to those consumers may encounter or put their products through. Putting a product through extensive testing helps a manufacturer measure the effects of aging on products without waiting months or years. Accelerated life testing ensures products can withstand the rigors of everyday use. This testing typically includes subjecting parts to extreme temperature ranges or varying levels of humidity in an environmental test chamber.
Testing in a chamber is particularly important for new and innovative products which need to perform as expected without defects to gain market share. To stand out against established competitors, new products must exceed expectations of quality and performance. Testing in an environmental test chamber can help companies introduce new products and technologies to the marketplace without concerns regarding safety or performance.
Testing in the Automotive Industry
Testing is essential in the automotive industry. Depending on how you count the individual components, a single car can contain up to 30,000 parts. Each of these parts, from gears to latches, must prove to be durable for tens of thousands of miles. State-of-the-art testing helps guarantee quality performance and safety over the entire life of individual components and the assembled product.
Automotive electronic components are commonly tested to ensure proper function and safety, measure durability and corrosion resistance, assembly safety and feasibility, and overall quality. Auto manufacturers test nearly every component of your vehicle –even the key fobs undergo rigorous testing. Modern key fobs contain electrical components that can fail under certain conditions, potentially leaving consumers out in the cold. Testing automotive key fobs in an environmental chamber ensures durability against extreme temperatures, humidity, altitude and more.
There are many types of environmental testing chambers used by the automotive industry. A temperature test chamber with humidity can subject products to extreme hot and cold temperatures in addition to environments with increased humidity. These various scenarios allow product development teams the ability to check for possible environmental effects such as corrosion, warping, electrical, or structural failure of vehicle components.
Tenney, a division of Thermal Product Solutions, is a leading supplier of environmental test chambers for many industries including automotive. Tenney manufactures a wide range of temperature, temperature/humidity, thermal shock, vacuum, walk-in and drive-in chambers that industry leaders use to test components. Tenney chambers can provide steady-state, shelf-life, thermal-cycling, stability, temperature testing, humidity testing, and altitude testing for products.