Does your product work properly – come rain or shine? Is it still safe under environmentally stressful conditions? Material and reliability testing is a must for many different products and components, as it verifies how a product or material responds to challenging situations. A device may not be designed to operate under water, for example, but you still want to ensure that the end user does not receive an electric shock. Similarly, products should not cause a fire or produce hazardous waste.
What is reliability?
The basic definition of reliability is, in the life cycle of a product, the probability of completing its normal functions under the normal use of environmental conditions. In brief, high reliability means the product has a high probability of properly functioning in its long life time.
In the era of product development process becoming shorter and shorter, the reliability test method could be quickly utilized for verifying that product has weaknesses in product design or not and to confirm whether it would function well under the challenges from future operating environment.
The core value of reliability is to uncover the potential defects during the product design phase, verify the production quality during production phase, reduce the possibility of customer returns, improve the product quality and enhance the value of the of the brand while safeguarding its reputation.
DEKRA iST Reliability Services
In 2015, DEKRA expanded its operations in Taiwan and mainland China through a joint venture with iST Group called DEKRA iST Reliability Services. The joint venture specializes in the environmental reliability and failure analysis of electronic systems used in automotive, IT, telecommunications, and LED lighting applications.
Integrated Service Technology (iST), headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, brings its specialization in the reliability testing and failure analysis of printed circuit boards (PCBs), printed circuit boards assemblies (PCBAs), electronic modules, and systems, serving a wide range of well-known companies from various industries.
At DEKRA, we classify reliability testing methods into four main categories: climatic environmental testing, dynamic environmental testing, industrial & outdoor environmental testing, and mechanical stress testing.