Verify product limitations without waiting a lifetime

Life-cycle tests are run to evaluate and predict reliability and durability of a product using accelerated stress conditions for each life-cycle phase. A life-cycle test can be performed using a success-run or test-to-failure approach, and results can identify design weaknesses or evaluate performance at extreme operating conditions. Both approaches also help to determine the frequency and severity of various failure modes and mechanisms.

Reliability determines the support and maintenance cost over the lifetime of a product for both the manufacturer and the consumer. Life-cycle tests can be performed to quantify reliability metrics that inform important decisions about product design and warranty coverage that directly affect the bottom line.

Elite's engineers manage life-cycle test programs from start to finish. Our experts can develop a test protocol and design and assemble the life-cycle machinery. We execute the tests, analyze the data, and interpret the results.

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Life-Cycle Testing Process

Working alongside our clients, Elite develops life-cycle test programs to meet specific objectives. The goal of our rigorous process is to deliver valuable reliability data that can be used to improve product designs and help manufacturers plan for the future.

  • Collect data and inputs from Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Determine critical failure modes and mechanisms
  • Define test objectives
  • Select or test acceleration models
  • Develop a test plan based on a success-run or test-to-failure approach
  • Develop test automation
  • Execute test
  • Analyze results
  • Prepare and release report