No product can ever be launched without approval. Various health and safety companies that have been tasked with ensuring every product on the shelves and online is safe, will want to test your product. Just showing the results of your own test isn’t enough. They will come to your company and have a look at themselves. In other words, they’ll want to see your product pass the tests first hand. For those that have never experienced it, watching your product be judged on its performance by industry guardians is incredibly nerve-wracking. It’s unlike any other experience a CEO will go through. It’s not just a fear of failure but the reputation that it will leave behind with those governing bodies. Rumor spreads quickly in the world of business, and any business that keeps on making products that can’t make it to being certified will be looked down upon in the industry. So here’s how not to fail.
Correct testing conditions
There’s nothing worse than not having the right testing conditions when trying to pout your product through its paces. You need to check with the governing boards and sanctioning bodies to see what the correct testing conditions are for your product type. Every kind of product has its own set of laws. It’s a good idea to have your lawyers research what kinds of prohibiting laws exist for the kind of product you’re developing. A certain type of plastic might have various pressure requirements for it to be used. Some plastics are very brittle and they can’t be used for things like load-bearing. On the other hand, some metals and their finishes become toxic over time. Once you have the right test conditions you’re ready to rock and roll.
Acquiring certain materials
When you’re testing a product, there’s an almost 100% chance that you’ll want to try out different designs, materials, temperatures and challenges. So, you need to be ready to order all different types of materials at the drop of a hat. To make things simple, you should use something like eflow procurement software whereby your inventory manager and supply manager can work together to procure anything they need for the tests. The thing about testing is, you never know what kind of special requirements and special requests you’ll make. Therefore, being able to quickly order new and different materials while the tests are ongoing, it’s deep within your interest.
Study the failures
Not everything will run smoothly. In fact, it’s kind of a given that you will see some catastrophic failures. But rather than press on, you should devise a team that immediately begins to study the data and see the route cause of the failure. So many small businesses will do all the testing first, and then study where it went wrong. But this stop-start method costs time and money, so it’s best to have a team of your best people from each department relevant to the tests, on standby, ready to dissect what the data says.
Product testing is something you have to go through. Every single thing you see in stores has gone through rigorous tests and so will your product.