Product testing is an important step before the commercialization or introduction of a new product. Put simply, it’s a process of measuring the properties or performance of products. Companies perform product testing for many reasons (and oftentimes requirements), including quality assurance, safety, regulatory requirements, and verification that the product meets specifications for its intended uses.
There are different types of tests used for evaluating different aspects of products. This includes Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) to determine product weaknesses in the design / development phase using vibration and temperature, Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) to identify potential defects during production, mechanical endurance testing to determine whether a product can withstand the processing load it’s expected to endure during heavy use over an extended period, and environmental stress screening to identify latent defects introduced during the manufacturing process using thermal cycling and vibration.
It used to be that product testing cells were very product specific. They were designed for specific products undergoing specific tests, using customized equipment and tooling. This worked well in the age of mass production, when manufacturers introduced few products in large volumes. However, with the increase in global competition and businesses under pressure to introduce innovative products more frequently, product testing has become a bottleneck for many companies.
To be fair, product testing is a rigid process – procedures need to be followed according to how they were written and results need to be accurately measured and recorded, as any deviations or anomalies might lead to a failed test. However, there are many reasons why testing plans might (and often do) change. It’s not uncommon for there to be changes in test strategy, requirements, and schedule – after the test plan has already been approved. Another common issue is for testing teams to discover limitations in their testing equipment, making the test they planned to perform difficult or impossible.
Dorna 2 provides a flexible and reliable platform for many types of product testing. It’s flexible in the sense that it can be easily programmed to perform basic and complex motions, by hand teaching the robot specific points then refining the motion parameters in Dorna Lab. It’s also an open platform that allows for low level control of the robot and controller via the Python API. Dorna 2 is reliable in the sense that it’s an industrial-grade robot with high repeatability (0.02 mm) that has undergone rigorous testing for a variety of use cases and conditions.
Teams from leading companies in industries such as electronics, life sciences, and consumer goods use Dorna 2 for product testing due to its strong/reliable performance, flexibility and competitive price. If you’re interested in exploring Dorna 2 as a flexible platform for your testing applications, contact us to learn more.