Jeff Munch, ADLINK Technologies
In 1972, Dave Packard of Hewlett-Packard said, “There is only one road to reliability. Build it, test it, and fix the things that go wrong. Repeat the process until the desired reliability is achieved.” Few areas of hardware engineering require more testing than the development of rugged industrial products. In order to develop a truly rugged solution that meets required international standards, government regulations, general environmental specifications, and customer-specific performance requirements, designers must incorporate rugged design methodology into every aspect of the development process. This means following a rigid validation and verification testing process that is as much a part of the development cycle as the product design itself.
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