You could have an innovative product that checks all the consumer’s boxes sold by the greatest sales and marketing team ever assembled – but if it doesn’t pass compliance testing and certification, it will never make it into market. This is why, whether you manufacture smart devices, medical tools, IT equipment, or anything in between, finding a test laboratory that fits your needs and delivers a quality experience is no longer optional, it’s mandatory.
All test labs are not created equal. Specialties, scope and experience vary considerably meaning finding a lab that has the capabilities to adequately test and certify your product can be a challenge within itself. Once you find an accredited test lab that meets your expectations, the standards to which you hold that lab should not vary.
Your time is important. Your money is valuable. Your lab should be using the latest, innovative and efficient practices available.
Your lab should be utilizing parallel testing rather than the more traditional serial practices.
There are a number of factors that can set one lab apart from another – and you should hold your lab accountable to all of them – but in this blog series, we will focus on four specifically:
We live in a rapidly changing world. Your lab should always be on the cutting edge, using the most efficient method and implementing more streamlined processes. Your lab should continuously refine their internal processes to ensure the best results and the best client experience.
Parallel testing is a relatively new concept that requires thinking differently. Your lab should embrace such an opportunity for improvement.
Most test labs have a ready-made, assembly line type of process. You should check to see if your lab utilizes automation to the benefit of their clients as manual intervention is becoming a thing of the past. Automation triggers the appropriate testing and results will be automatically generated, significantly reducing delays in testing and reporting phases.
Parallel processes in conjunction with automation ensures that your program is complete on schedule, with time to spare.
Differing technologies, varying operating modes, and unique product requirements will alter the length of time it takes for a test program to be completed. Manufacturers must make the right choice in selecting a proper test lab to ensure their project is completed in a reasonable timeframe as speed to market still reigns supreme in a global marketplace.
Time is money, and efficiency is key. Are you making the most of your valuable time and resources spent on regulatory compliance?
It goes without saying that you must seek the best return on investment, rather than simply seeking the lowest cost. The lowest bidder could cost you significantly more in the end as they may lowball the cost just to get you through door. This is just the nature of the business, but always do your due diligence and research to guarantee you are getting your money’s worth. By speeding up the process and systematically avoiding rework, parallel testing saves you time, which indirectly saves you money.
The Parallel Difference
Just because something has been done a certain way for a long time doesn’t mean it’s the right way. It’s time for your test lab to leave their comfort zone and get creative, finding ways to make the process as pain free and efficient as possible for you , the customer.
In the coming weeks, we will explore the difference between serial testing and parallel testing. Additionally, we’ll explore the parallel process and detail all of the advantages it offers. Parallel testing is the future of compliance testing and certification. It’s time for your testing lab to catch up or step aside.