Elaborate and optimize study plan by re-using know-how
Designing products requires defining their physical and functional characteristics but also the tests they must undergo to ensure compliance with functional, performance, environmental and safety requirements. Because the number and complexity of these requirements have increased over the years, industrial equipment manufacturers must perform more extensive physical tests or simulations. The earlier requirements can be linked to a design, the faster companies will know which tests to run, allowing them to ensure products are thoroughly tested against all requirements. Yet, defining a precise test plan can be time-consuming unless test cases and their findings are previously capitalized and can be reused for new product developments. This helps speed up the qualification process.
With Qualified Knowledge Re-Use companies can capture in a central repository, and make available for reuse, product qualification rules for future testing. With these rules, a study plan is automatically generated and optimized with respect to sample size or sample testing sequences. Product managers can capitalize their experience in the database enabling future products to benefit from a comprehensive and rich pool of testing scenarios. Designers can submit various design alternatives for physical or simulation testing as required saving time over the sequential trial and error process of testing one alternative at a time. They can consult the database for testing requirements and add characteristics in their designs that will allow them to successfully pass the tests. As requirements are linked to project management activities, users have full traceability throughout the entire development process, helping to ensure that products meet market requirements. Qualification experts can search through the knowledge database for similar cases and benefit from existing testing rules compiled from similar products to devise a precise test plan of every design alternative, Through a comprehensive record of testing knowledge and rules, Qualified Knowledge Re-Use allows industrial equipment companies to cut qualification time helping them meet their market delivery timelines and cost objectives.