We’ve all come across the concept of testing at some point when looking at industrial processes. Why is testing crucial for manufacturers, though? What happens if you skip the testing process? Testing is said to be a typical part of manufacturing, hospitality, aerospace, military defence and many other industries.
It is particularly important when developing products for compliance and certification. It helps manufacturers create dependable products within specific technical parameters. In this post, we’ll examine temperature and humidity testing and try to understand what would happen if businesses skipped these checks.
Why Should You Test for Temperature and Humidity?
Temperature and humidity control is crucial for efficient productivity in many sectors such as the printing, electronic, pharmaceutical, and food sectors. Such industrial applications share the need to maintain ideal temperatures and moisture levels because this facilitates the production process, helps in quality control, and safeguards workers’ health.
The aforementioned sectors as well as specialised markets like the textile industries and opulent hospitality sector must test their environments and products to create high-quality products. Testing helps manufacturers build dependable products within predetermined technological constraints. To put it another way, testing is a step that product development teams must take to create high-quality, durable products.
How Are Temperature and Humidity Tests Done?
Experts simulate real-world conditions to understand how a product would behave in certain temperatures and moisture levels. This aids in the creation of items that operate effectively in a range of humidity and temperature levels.
Such companies also test industrial environments to evaluate the moisture levels in the air, as well as temperatures to understand how much humidity and temperature levels affect the production process. After testing, they optimise the product and/or environment for the best results.
What Happens if You Don’t Test for Temperature and Humidity?
Environmental testing and control are vital not just for production areas, but within a production machine and for the product itself. Failure to conduct humidity and temperature could lead to any of the following:
Defects in the product
Damage from static electricity
Electric shock to the personnel and the machinery
Source of ignition or explosion
Issues with the work environment brought on by low humidity (sick employees) or static charges (electrostatic discharge)
Poor product performance and fast deterioration
Inability of the machinery or equipment to operate
1). Poor Quality Products
The stability of products in a range of temperature and humidity conditions must be understood for quality control in the manufacturing sector. This way, manufacturers can identify potential failures that may not manifest in the controlled industrial environment.
Consequently, sellers confirm that their products remain functional and durable against the full range of environmental conditions to which they may be exposed. Failure to do so would lead to poor quality products that frustrate buyers after failing in the real world due to the different environmental conditions.
2). Compromised Product Performance
Poor environmental control, especially with regard to humidity, can have several direct effects on the manufacturing process. Take the pharmaceutical industry, for example, low humidity (less than 45%RH) makes it possible for static charges to accumulate, which can have major implications where solvents are involved.
As if that’s not enough, high humidity could lead to moisture accumulation during production and packaging which can compromise the performance of products. It could shorten their shelf-life and even compromise on quality. In the drugs industry, if moisture is absorbed, some antibiotic pills will deteriorate and lose some of their potency.
3). Costly Repairs
Extreme temperature and humidity tests should be performed on equipment to ensure reliable functioning and spot any potential design flaws. Using progressively or quickly changing temperatures, test settings in the range of -60 °C to +180 °C and up to 99% humidity for extended periods can help assess these variables.
Without temperature and humidity testing, you cannot establish moisture levels and temperature levels, yet they could accelerate the deterioration of machinery. This could lead to unnecessary costs for product repairs, maintenance fees for malfunctioning equipment, costs for damaged goods that can’t be sold, risks to the safety of your employees and damage to brand reputation.
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