A laboratory is a place that is equipped with the necessary means to carry out experiments, research, or work of a scientific or technical nature. In these spaces, the environmental conditions are controlled and normalized to avoid the occurrence of foreign influences to those foreseen, with the consequent alteration of the measurements, and to allow the tests to be repeatable.
Among the conditions that a laboratory tries to control and normalize, are atmospheric pressure (to prevent the entry or exit of contaminated air), humidity (it is to reduce it to a minimum to avoid the oxidation of the instruments), and the level of vibrations (to prevent measurements from being altered)
Here are some of the benefits of a laboratory:
Control: Conducting distribution testing in a laboratory environment provides the ability to control the test intensity level. This means that testing can be undertaken at a range of intensity levels – representing the range of real-life shipment and handling severities, providing performance trends and data on performance for different supply chain conditions. If testing is only conducted using real life ‘live’ shipments, the true hazard levels are not known for any given shipment, making the testing subjective.
Cost savings: Laboratory testing is usually more cost effective than real life shipment because of the hidden costs which can occur during real life trials. Over the years, we’ve had numerous conversations with clients who confirm that with all of the hidden costs of real life trials included, laboratory testing is normally the more cost effective option.
Accelerating time to market: A laboratory environment allows rapid simulation of extended timeframe routes/journeys, and can carry out a custom testing schedule based on a client’s need and the intended product journey. Laboratory testing shortens the validation process compared with a real life shipment trial, and should the test need amendments it can easily be restarted.
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