Using Product Test Standards to Develop a Test and Evaluation Program
There is a seemingly endless amount of product test standards and specifications. These documents set criteria for compliance, provide guidance for evaluation, and sometimes assist in the development of analysis and test programs of both commercial and military products. They are all constantly evolving as new revisions are released periodically.
Not all Product Test Standards and Specifications are Equal
Some product test standards offer very clear and concise parameters for product evaluation. Other product test standards can be vague in the details of their requirements. The quality of writing and organization can also greatly vary. Many have annexes and appendices full of extremely in depth information that can clarify a test’s methodologies and intents.
Each product test standard should be treated by the reader as unique as to its perspective and purpose. MIL-STD-810G change 1 for example places a huge emphasis on tailoring parameters of a test to reflect the environmental stresses the product to be tested will encounter throughout its life cycle. This perspective is not as applicable to standards for compliance where strict parameters and procedures are required.
This can present a challenge to managers of test programs, especially those who are working with a product that is being released to new markets. Allocating the time and resources to grasp the entirety of required test procedures can be daunting. Test laboratories can provide guidance but it is beyond their scope to advocate management strategies to best establish programs fit for your product. Test laboratories cannot give recommendations on product test standards and still remain an independent evaluating body.
Regular attendance of seminars can greatly aid in developing the required insights into a standards intricacies. Engaging a competent third party to develop product test standards and evaluation programs would be of great value when entering into new markets, especially if a company is transitioning from commercial to military applications.
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