Understand the Process of Product Testing
It is entirely impossible to use products in their raw nature and as a result of that they have to go through industrial processing. Examples of products we use in our day to day lives made from industries include drugs, foods, cosmetics, electronic goods, hardware among many others. To make these products, the manufacturers use different raw materials. Unknown to many are the effects of the products when they are exposed to the public or the environment. This reason has made it necessary for al consumer products to be tested before use.
The other names of product testing are comparative testing or consumer testing. Before products can make it to the market, the manufacturer is supposed to perform a series of tests. A representative sample of the goods in production is what the manufacturer does the tests on and not on every product they manufacture. The results obtained are then taken as the overall representative of the other products. Any product you see in the market has already undergone a number of tests before it was allowed into the market. Let us see some of the tests performed on consumer products before their release for use.
The first test is that done on foods, drugs and cosmetics. These products are first of all tested on animals before any trial on human subjects. A manufacturer testing any product on any animals has to give an assurance of protecting the test animals. The other assumption made is that effects of the product on the animals will be similar to those exhibited by humans. An animal will then be given both oral and dermal tests of the product. Oral tests are for testing the effects of the product on humans and animals when ingested. The other tests are dermal tests which are performed on animals to test the effect of the products on the skin of the users. If a product passes animal tests, it can then be done on human subjects.
For products that we do not consume, the tests are not done on animals. Examples of products in this category include vehicles mobile devices, televisions, utensils and many more. Based on the uses of these products, the tests done on them vary from item to item. How these tests are done is by replicating real-life use environment of the products with a similitude of an environment. Stresses and all other dynamics that are bound to face the product in real life scenarios are created artificially and imposed on the product. These stresses and dynamics for testing these products include light, wind, noises, vibrations and many others.
Finally, a product has to be subjected to environmental tests before its release. Environmental tests are done to assess the effects of the product or its resides on the environment. How quickly the product decomposes and the chemicals it releases to the environment are tests that have to be done on any product before release. No product is allowed into the market if it fails the environmental test.