January 24, 2014

How important is reliability testing?

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Yesterday a very important concept was discussed known as reliability testing. In my opinion this is the most important aspect of the product excellence module. Why I say this is that without which it would be hard to determine,

  1.  Whether a product meets the certain configuration
  2.  Whether the configurations are optimum with respect to performance.
  3.  Whether the item being tested meets the requirements of performance and reliability.

Testing is highly important in almost all industries but in some it is more significant than the rest. One example of such an industry is the pharmaceutical industry. Every raw material that comes in has to be tested and compared to the required specifications. If the raw materials don’t met the standards set will be rejected by the quality control department of the company. Every new product is tested for reliability and performance. Mostly generic products have a lifetime of an average of two years. It is very time consuming and costly to keep a product in testing phase before launch. Hence the QC departments of pharmaceutical companies use HALT extensively. The products are run much faster than the normal cycle. The two-year testing phase is shortened to six months in order to save time. This does not in any way impact the results as the products are placed in areas where temperature and humidity are controlled. In addition, some pharmaceutical companies also test their products at the normal testing period. Before the products are dispatched into the market for consumption, the product batches are also tested for reliability.

Why I say that testing is vital in the pharmaceutical industry is because the drugs produced are consumed by the customers either orally or injected. The formulation of the drugs have to be precisely followed as a little variation may result in extreme side effects on the consumers that in some cases may result in death. Human life is really a very serious matter and if any mistake by a pharmaceutical company may have dire consequences. Hence, it is extremely important for the industry to be very careful and conduct proper testing.

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