Testing Guidelines

How to make your tester live longer

When a pair of shoes wears out, you replace them without a second thought. When your tester wears out, replacing it can be expensive. Testers are built to endure years of rigorous use. You will want to get as much life out of your tester as you can before replacing it. Here are four ideas to help your tester last as long as possible.

Shut off the tester after use

The same way you turn off your computer at the end of the day, powering off your tester will help with performance. Leaving it on all the time wastes electricity and can shorten the lifespan of your tester.

Keep the tester clear of dust and other debris

A manufacturing shop wouldn’t be complete without its share of debris and mess. But it’s important to keep the testing area as clean and organized as possible. Your test process will run more smoothly and with fewer problems if it is not clogged with dust or invaded by clutter.

Plug the tester into a surge protector

Surge protectors give you extra outlets and protect your tester in case of a spike in power. Using a surge protector is safe and responsible.

Check fixturing for bent or loose pins on connectors

If you regularly plug and unplug connectors from fixturing, chances are pins will begin to wear out. The same can be said of male connectors on the tester. Inspect connectors as often as necessary to look for potential problems. If any pins are loose or bent, you will need to make repairs or replacements. If connectors on the tester wear out, it will make it difficult or impossible to connect adapters and connectors to the tester.

Next week you can learn more tricks to keep your tester and test process safe and secure for many years. Until then, here are 5 Tools to Help with Fixturing, or read other articles in the Cirris Learning Center.

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