Blog: Introduction to Types of Testing

Products on the market today have gone through long overall development cycles to turn that new idea into a top-notch product, prior to being in the hands of consumers. Testing plays a key role in the many stages of successfully getting a product on to the market, and we have broken it down into the three main stages below.

Development Testing:

This happens during the research and development stage of any project. Development testing is usually conducted on prototypes or even subcomponents to provide early-stage assurance that a product will not have any catastrophic failures further into the development cycle. This early-stage testing provides important data, sometimes for USP critical components, that can help give developers key insights when finalising designs and systems. These tests generally are of a shorter duration or lower severity and require less detailed reporting in the case that redesigns, and additional development tests may be required.

Qualification Testing:

With a final design in place, it’s time to think about fully qualifying your product. Depending on intended users and markets, a large suite of testing may be required to demonstrate your product’s compliance with international standards, country specific regulations, end user requirements or all of the above. Qualification testing can be conducted at the unit, subsystem, and system level on production items and is usually the final hurdle before the final full scale production decision can be made. These tests are usually the most extensive and require very detailed reporting to satisfy all regulators and customers.

Acceptance Testing:

Now that qualification testing has been completed, your product has demonstrated it is ready for the market by passing the rigorous qualification tests needed. It’s time to start manufacturing your units and get them in the hands of your customers. Before the units leave your care though, it’s important to consider a final test to ensure that your unit will survive transport or verify that no manufacturing defects have sneaked in. This is where acceptance testing comes in as a final sanity check that high quality goods are on their way to the customers.

At Resonate Testing, we have the testing capability and capacity to support you throughout your product’s design lifecycle. Our test laboratory features several mechanical, climatic and fire solutions that can test to a wide range of conditions across a broad spectrum of severities.

Our testing services are unique to the island of Ireland and can provide organisations that have any testing requirements, the opportunity to utilise our innovative capabilities and testing expertise with a high-quality service for development, qualification or acceptance testing.  Our services are available to customers locally in the UK and Ireland, as well as internationally and with the installation of high-quality live stream testing, you don’t even need to leave your office to see the testing process taking place.

Our testing capability includes:

  • Six controlled environmental chambers.
  • Temperature range from -90°C to +180°C
  • Humidity range 10% RH to 100% RH
  • Altitude range up to 100,000 ft
  • Sinusoidal vibration including resonance tracking and dwell
  • Random, Sine-on-Random and Random-on-Random vibration
  • Classical shock, complex shock pulses, shock response spectrum analysis
  • Up to 36 channels of measurement using state-of-the-art vibration controllers and signal analysers
  • Electrodynamic shaker capability up to 54kN and 100mm displacement range across three shaker systems
  • Bespoke shock testing solutions and test rigs including pyroshock capability
  • 16 channel vibration monitoring in the field which can be recreated in the lab
  • Kerosene oil burners – including a standard modified gun oil burner and the new NexGen Sonic burner, both of which meet the FAA and EASA test requirements
  • Multi-purpose flammability test cabinet
  • Blow torch
  • Wooden crib and straw testing
  • Bespoke mechanical test solutions such as push/pull, high-tension force loading, and strain gauge monitoring are also available.
  • Combined test conditions featuring the above equipment.
  • Salt Spray (Fog) corrosion testing (Coming Early 2021)
  • IP Enclosure testing (Coming early 2021)

Resonate Testing has a proven track record of development, qualification and acceptance testing in a number of industries including, but not limited to, Aerospace, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Medical Devices, Consumer Goods, Telecommunications and even Space Launcher hardware.