Understanding Construction

Product Testing

Understanding a new product, material, or system’s capabilities in the early development of its lifecycle, can provide enough information to understand what (if anything) needs to be amended to make it more likely to succeed within the market in the future.

Without product testing, you don’t know if each individual product component complements the others, nor if they are working in harmony – i.e. How you expected. Time, money and resource can be wasted in the further development of a product that isn’t fit for purpose.

Take food for an example. If you went out for a meal to a restaurant, you would expect the dish you’ve chosen to include ingredients that combine and complement to make a specific dish, otherwise the resulting dish won’t be as described or taste as you expected.

Pineapple on pizza?

We will leave that to you to decide.

Chefs and restaurants practice and test their creations, before it is added to a menu, to make sure that every ingredient complements each other and ensures it works, not just once, but every time it is served!

The same applies for a building system. Your materials needs to combine with other components in order to work successfully as a whole, otherwise product and system failures could occur.

Why do people test their products?

There could be multiple reasons why companies choose to test their products, including to:

  • Conform with government or industry guidelines or regulations
  • Enhance a product’s marketing capabilities (competitive advantage)
  • Provide reassurance to your own clients, distributors, and suppliers, that the product is fit-for-purpose

Here are the top three reasons why product testing is so important for individual organisations as well as the construction industry as a whole;

If you know you need to have your product tested, what’s the next step?

The first stage is to understand the type of testing services you require. For example, a door manufacturer may opt for security and manipulation testing, which demonstrates product resistance to attacks and resilience over time.

It may even be that you’re unsure as to what testing you require. So, it’s important to remember that you’re not in the stage alone – our highly-skilled test team can help you understand the testing services you may require and subsequently test your product / systems capabilities.

What are the key benefits of product testing?

There are a multiple number of reasons why product testing yields long-term benefits. And, depending on your determined product placement, usage and formulation, the benefits can range from anything from enhanced performance to product credibility – but critically, product testing helps to:

  • Identify weakness and potential issues early on in the development cycle.
  • Assess quality
  • Provide data and insight that guides you in making the best decisions around the product’s ongoing lifecycle.

It’s important to ensure your products are fit-for-purpose, of the highest possible quality, and rigorously critiqued against safety and standards. This not only reduces the risk of projects failing, and potentially reducing a particular product’s life-cycle, but as flaws and weaknesses are highlighted during the testing phase, this is early enough to be rectified before the product is launched into the market.

The BBA Test program helps provide answers by using the right tests for your requirements; enabling you to understand the behaviour and characteristics of your product and systems, and giving you a comprehensive picture of your product or systems capabilities to make data-led decisions.

To find out more about BBA Test, or to speak to a member of the Test Team – click here.