NWI Lab360 Endurance Test Exceeds Life Cycle Expectations
Northwire Inc. (NWI) certified project managers reported extreme temperature conditions ranging from -65°F to 300°F during endurance trials. Tests conducted on high-flex retractile cables to predict life expectancy achieved 400,000 cycles. Inside Northwire’s on-site test and development facility, the cable manufacturer rapidly responds to meet customers’ demands for cost-effective, complex test requirements across a variety of test disciplines ranging from -65°F for aerospace applications to RoHS2 compliance for medical device cable.
Like the majority of NWI’s in-house test and development capabilities, the highly customizable endurance test fixture is easily modified on-site to suit unique parameters and adapt for distance, velocity, acceleration, and extreme environmental conditions.
“Northwire is pleased to support our customers’ competitive advantage in today’s fast paced environment. Our test and development ensures highly reliable products to complement their rapid go-to-market strategy,” said Tom Heitman, project manager. “Whether we employ existing tests or innovate complex test solutions that have never been done before, our certified project managers leverage proven processes and disciplines including Six Sigma to create highly adaptive, flexible, and custom solutions designed to simulate and assess each unique, critical-to-quality characteristic.”
To ensure that customer product requirements are translated into test and development strategy, NWI’s wire engineers engage with customers through every test process phase including product analysis, test equipment evaluation, test strategy documentation, implementation, metrics evaluation, continuous improvement, strategy review, and testing. In addition to deploying a collaboratively designed test strategy, tools utilized during technology development and prototyping incorporate:
- Design of experiments
- Design for Six Sigma
- Hypothesis testing
- Design failure mode effects analysis
- Process failure mode effects analysis
- Design for manufacturing and assembly
- Finite element analysis
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