Instrumental Reliability Test Kit

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The Instrumental Reliability Test Kit contains detailed test definition, setup, and instructions for a wide variety of reliability tests. There is something new to discover in this test kit for everyone from reliability test professionals to engineers who are just starting to contemplate what testing will be required for a new product.

We used our years of experience working with top manufacturers and familiarity with other published regulatory testing requirements to create this kit.  It not only provides details on best practices on specific test setups but also includes commentary and suggestions throughout the kit for taking this baseline and extending it to your own product with its own unique reliability requirements.

What can I find inside?

The Instrumental Reliability Test Kit includes instructions for common environmental, mechanical, and coating testing. It includes detailed descriptions of the equipment needed, the setup, the testing conditions (including heights and orientations), some initial pass-fail criteria, and what to document in the event that there are failures.

Test definitions are applied to fictional devices, cable accessories, and part level coated enclosures.  Each test is highly detailed, with diagrams and straight-forward instructions that are factory-ready.

What types of reliability tests are in this kit?

The documentation includes a thorough set of environmental, mechanical, and coating tests. We’ll walk you through how to conduct tests that cover, among other areas:

  • Heat soak
  • Chemical resistance
  • UV
  • Controlled and uncontrolled drop testing
  • Button and connector cycling
  • Cable tug and lateral loading
  • Adhesion
  • Abrasion

Do I just follow the instructions in the kit?

While this test plan could easily be factory-ready, it’s very important that you customize your plan to the product you are building. Instrumental’s kit provides frameworks for building well-designed tests. It also discusses how to extend or customize tests for your product in addition to the level of of specificity you’ll need to get actionable results. 

Our advice: Take a look at the tests, then decide if and how your particular product can benefit from each one. Determine whether you need to make modifications to make the tests more suitable for your product — or which tests might be missing. Review our post on how to plan for success when developing your reliability testing process.

How do I know what makes for a good reliability test?

The best reliability tests are repeatable and yield actionable results. You’ll find instructions on how to conduct tests that do exactly that—while saving both money and time. One approach included here demonstrates how part testing can replace unit testing, an approach that makes the testing process more time- and cost-efficient.

What other considerations do I need to make in my reliability testing process?

It’s important to set up these tests on a schedule that allows for remedial action, including tooling modifications and a buffer zone for big issues. Think ahead to the results you’re expecting, and to what you’ll be able to do in the best- and worst-case scenarios. We wrote more about how to conduct a solid reliability testing process here.

If you already have a reliability test plan, our kit is still useful. Take a look at our testing guidelines and see if your company adheres to the best practices we’ve outlined, or if there might be a relevant test scenario you haven’t considered. If you have feedback, feel free to get in touch!

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Best practices for choosing, setting up, and conducting reliability tests.