Interviews & Comments

Beware of over testing

Erring on the side of caution many manufacturers tend to over test their products. According to Jean-Louis Evans, however, there are many advantages for those companies that re-consider their approach to testing – are the tests strictly necessary or are they being duplicated elsewhere? While testing both end products and their components is critical, this can often be duplicated unnecessarily to ‘cover all bases’. This reflects a poor understanding of the intended environment and of the specifications used to determine if testing should be done. Consequently, most designers and manufacturers err on the side of caution and often over test their products.

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Looking to re-shore production?

A growing number of companies in the UK are considering on-shoring or re-shoring, according to figures from the Bank of England. Higher oil prices are pushing up transport costs, rising prices in the Far East are making products made there more expensive and more companies are concerned at the problems associated with managing an extended supply chain, which means more are looking to source locally rather than wait weeks for components to arrive from the other side of the world.

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