Product failures are often due to the inherent variability of manufacturing processes. In fact, even a well designed product can have early failure rates, but such failures are not detected and fixed before the product is marketed off and sold to customers. This is why HASS testing or Highly Accelerates Stress Screening was developed to determine any manufacturing and production process induced defects in electronics and electro-mechanical assemblies, prior to being released in the market. The screening process has been widely sought and preferred by many businesses because of their ability to help improve product reliability, while reducing warranty costs and finally boost customer satisfaction.
The Benefits Of HASS Testing
This screening process is available in many testing agencies and laboratories that are commissioned by businesses to test their products. In the beginning, not all businesses took advantage of this process, but as the need for business to reduce expenses and liability and produce quality products, more and more businesses have begun making sure that their products undergo the testing process during its early stages aside from its final stages.
Here are some of the benefits businesses can experience with HASS testing:
Businesses depend on the quality of raw materials to produce quality products, where product testing takes place only when the product is completed. Unfortunately, it takes time, effort and money to go through the entire product all over again when a defect has been detected in the final stages. As such, the testing process allows businesses to determine product defects during its early stages and support it throughout the remaining stages of prototype testing, production and warranty, thus reducing costs yet increasing product reliability.
Eliminate Manufacturing Defects
Defects can be detected during the manufacturing process with the help of the testing design features. Accelerated stress testing is done to verify integrity of process when quality is desired.
Design Verification Time And Expense Reduced
The design verification stage of a product is considered as one of the longest and costly processes before a product can be marketed. When a product is sent for HASS testing, the earlier design defects can be detected before the final verification testing and the earlier it can be fixed. As such, it can help get the product be marketed and sold earlier than expected.
Product Design Reliability
Since multiple flaws or defects can be easily detected during the testing process, they can be addressed together to save time. Design engineers are also given the opportunity to improve and even add more features to their initial design. As a result, the product design’s reliability increases and provides the basis for an enhanced and less costly warranty.
Less Warranty Costs
Businesses find HASS testing beneficial because early stage failures and corrections are minimized, design margins have been extended, flaws removed and the product improved. It is with the beneficial features that the testing process offers that the business faces less warranty service, claims, recalls, liability exposure and associated expenses.
Increased Sales Of Quality Products
When quality products are sent off to the market, sales will be expected to increase. The testing process ensures that a product is of quality standards from its early stages until its final stage. Thus, a product that performs well gives integrity and increased overall sales to a business along with customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Valerie Hanks is a freelance writer specializing in HASS testing and business management. She regularly contributes articles to various testing and business websites.