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Life Cycle, Reliability, and Durability Testing

Life Cycle, Reliability, and Durability Testing Services

Within manufacturing, having an accurate understanding of the lifecycle of a product is a crucial aspect of the research and development process. If you’re the manufacturer, it’s your job to make sure the product you’re producing is as defect-free as possible and market-ready. Not having an accurate understanding of lifecycles or defects can lead to costly and time-consuming fixes.

Life cycle testing puts a product through a range of motions and functions to collect data on durability for both manufacturers and end-users.

Manufacturers are able to use life cycle testing to learn the potential strengths and weaknesses of their product. It can be used to verify product life predictions and accurately measure a product’s reaction to stressors. That way, manufacturers can be confident they’re providing a high-quality product to consumers.

End-users also benefit from durability testing. When a product is proven to be reliable, end-users are able to buy or operate it with confidence. This leads to greater user confidence in both the manufacturer and the product.

Cross Durability and Lifecycle Testing Capabilities

All products are different. That’s something we get. So we don’t approach reliability and durability testing with a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Granted, there are some tests that many different products can benefit from. But our approach to carrying out those tests is dependent on often-unique parameters and the nature of the product itself.

Because of this, if a product calls for a unique test, we’re able to construct custom rigs. That means we can perform the test exactly to the specifications of individual manufacturers or customers. Whether it’s OEM standards, industry standards, or any other metric, we can design a custom rig to meet your testing needs.

Our testing facilities are able to monitor and control parameters like force, frequency/cycle time, and speed of actuation. This repeated actuation (or force) is then used to determine the durability of a part or product up to the specifications provided to us. Being able to measure variables like force, speed, and frequency of cycles allows us to create an accurate report reflecting product durability.

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The Benefits of Life Cycle Testing

At Cross, we utilize robot or custom test rig facilitated testing to monitor and control parameters to determine reliability, durability, and life cycle. These factors together are what allow us to understand the reliability of the product.

These product reliability tests are what ensures the reliability and durability of your product throughout its lifecycle.

Repetitive motion over time (facilitated either by robotics or custom test rigs) can be one of the most reliable predictors of future product durability. Incorporating life cycle testing into research and development has many benefits beyond just knowing durability, however.

Increased Brand Confidence

When a product has been thoroughly tested it can lead to increased brand confidence. When a product, manufacturer, or brand has a reputation for thorough and reliable testing, consumers take note. Don’t let your brand or product fall into a bad reputation due to a lack of testing.

Reduced Manufacturer Costs

Knowing the most efficient way to manufacture can, in the long-term, also be cost effective. Having to recall a product can be a very expensive endeavor and also reduces public confidence in the product itself. Avoid costly durability problems with reliable testing.

Improved Future Design

Gathering data about which parts of a product work and which parts don’t is an integral part of durability testing. But it’s also important for research and development for the manufacturer of the product. Knowing potential problems now can save development time and money.

Accelerated Life Testing Capabilities

Often, a manufacturer may want to know a product’s natural life cycle but the time required to gather that information makes it infeasible. When that’s the case, we typically recommend utilizing accelerated life testing.

An Accelerated Life Test (ALT) utilizes a controlled application of accelerated stress conditions in order to simulate future product failure. This may subject the product to stressors that it would never encounter in the real world or accelerate the rate it encounters them.

Through performing these tests, we’re able to measure product life cycle without having to just observe it in real time. ALT can provide useful, actionable data that can be vital to future production, research, and development.

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Why Cross Life Cycle, Durability, and Reliability Testing?

Life cycle, reliability, and durability testing are key ways of providing insight into your products and production. However, gaining these benefits is only possible with a reliable testing company able to create the tests your product needs.

Cross testing engineers can work with your team to develop customized testing methods to find the data you need. You need a reliability testing company with the ability to provide the tests you need when you need them.

Contact Cross Company Testing today to schedule a test.

Find Life Cycle, Reliability, and Durability Testing Near Me

Offering a range of testing services from our testing laboratories in the U.S. and Mexico. Learn more about the expert testing procedures performed in our state-of-the-art facilities. We can provide you with actionable data about your parts or materials so that you can make the best decisions for your product, your production process, and your end users. We can also provide calibration services, inspection services, and metrology products through our network of ISO 17025 accredited precision measurement labs.


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Did you know… Cross Company is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Our ESOP started in 1979 and as of 2006, we are 100% employee-owned! Learn more about our ESOP and how that benefits both team members and our customers.
Did you know... the precision measurement group at Cross was founded in 1939 by our current CEO's grandfather, Jim King. That's a whole lot of calibration!
Did you know... A fingerprint weighs about 50 micrograms. We know, we weighed it! The residue left from a finger can actually make a difference in weight results which is why we wear gloves when we calibrate weights. For reference, a sheet of paper is about 4.5 grams, that’s 4.5 million micrograms.
Did you know… Cross Company has grown significantly since our start in 1954. Over the years we've acquired 26 companies! Today, our five groups have expertise in everything from industrial automation to precision measurement, and industry knowledge going all the way back to 1939.