Testing electronic components allows you to save money by finding and isolating problems with the design before production begins. You can find flaws like electrical overstress, circuit layout problems and poor thermal design. If you skip the testing, you may be liable to consumers who buy your product and experience problems with it.
Electronic component testing provides diagnostics and specifications for your products. Not only does this help you sell your product to suppliers, it also gives consumers the information they need to determine whether your product is the best product for them to buy.
Before you decide to perform your own testing of electronics components, consider the following:
1. Evaluate your skill at electronic testing and determine whether you need to hire an outside expert to assist you during this component of the design process.
2. Inventory your tools, and factor in the cost to buy the equipment you need to complete the testing.
3. Keep in mind that consumers appreciate companies who use third-party or independent testing companies.
Rent electronic testing equipment for your businessRenting equipment often costs less than buying the equipment new. If you have a problem or a machine malfunctions, you can return it to the company and get another machine to complete your tests.
Buy electronic components testing and measurement equipmentIf you plan to do a large quantity of electronic testing, it may benefit you to purchase the equipment. Authorized dealers or distributors often carry a larger line and offer guarantees that non-authorized dealers don't. Usually an authorized dealer must meet expectations for the manufacturer to remain authorized.
Hire a company to perform electronic testing for your designProfessional companies know how to test electronic components for a wide array of specifications, including circuitry, continuity, failure analysis, resistance and sensitivity. These companies have all the equipment necessary to test electronic components, which means you won't have to purchase the equipment.
- Internet guides offer insider tips and techniques to help you test your own products. Before you pull out your credit card, evaluate the guide to ensure the author has expertise in the field. It's also a good idea to look for a money-back guarantee.