Original Date: 05/19/1992
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : In-House Test Capability
(equipment: LING Vibration System Model DCS 7000 SR ESPEC Temp/Humidity Chamber Model: WC-H15-7.6- 7.5 ESPEC Temp/Humidity Chamber Model: WC-T-15-05-0 5)
CONAX Florida Corporation made a corporate decision to bring necessary test equipment in-house as a means of addressing problems associated with outside test houses. These outside service providers often set their own schedules and quality standards, and these standards may not be in line with CONAX Florida Corporation needs.
By maintaining an in-house test capability, CONAX Florida Corporation can develop test procedures and acceptance test procedures around both the product and customer requirements, as well as the capabilities of the test equipment. A logical test order sequence can be determined, equipment and procedures can be approved, and acceptable test tolerances set. The specific needs of the production schedule can also be addressed, and priorities can be resolved according to specific, current requirements. In addition, tests can be constantly monitored to ensure required test quality, and no additional travel expenses are incurred when a test witness is required.
CONAX Florida Corporation maintains an in-house test facility occupying almost 6,000 square feet. Current test areas include an environmental test lab, pressure test lab, x-ray laboratory, salt fog/rain chamber laboratory, and a gas purity/particle detection laboratory capable of measuring in the parts per billion range. These capabilities have resulted in substantial savings to both the company and its customers. For example, in 1991, the cost of two temperature/humidity/altitude tests performed by an outside test house was $31,000. CONAX Florida Corporation purchased a test system to perform these tests, and the system has paid for itself in less than two years. The company has already realized cost savings in excess of $400,000 due to the in-house test capability, not including less tangible benefits such as quality improvement, reduced schedule impacts, and shortened delivery cycles.
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