What’s in a name? Part#3; Test

Read the 3rd part to our series explaining what ATTA represents as an organization.

In our third installment of this four part series we’ll talk about the word “test” and what it means to us. If you missed it you can find part two here and part one here.

Test, testing (the action of the test), examination, measurement, verification. What do all of these words mean? Why are they important to the product? We all know our products are tested daily by the customer for their performance, their longevity, and their ability to do what they were advertised to do. So how do you protect your reputation and ensure the customer will receive a top quality product that will not be prone to premature failure? Testing, of course!

Testing can come in many forms. Of course we have the destructive testing to prove what the structural limits of the product is during initial development. During production, though, we perform non-destructive testing – a way to ensure the quality of the component but not push it to the designed failure point.

Therein lies the challenge: what stresses can we put on the product to ensure quality without losing some of it’s useful life due to the testing process? What variables are important here to ensure the customer receives a trustworthy and stable product? This is why we have industry-trusted standards on how to test the product. These standards are created by the product engineers at ATTA and years of experience from real world applications. We devise a test to ensure quality of the product.

Now that we’ve talked about the why and how of testing, let’s talk about the real world application of testing: the value added time to the production of a component. Testing any product is (and should be) driven by a standard process. It is our belief that automating as much of the test process as is reasonable will make the process safer, faster, and therefore increasing value added time to the component. Value added time can come by avoiding misplaced test data, incorrectly entered test criteria, manual operation of the machine, and test system components that do not perform as needed to name a few. Atta works hard to ensure these tests are fully functional and rewarding to the uptimes of your systems.

So, what does testing mean to you? We would love to hear your thoughts!


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