Product Performance Fitness for Use

Product Performance Fitness for Use

Household goods’ safety and standard compliance tests are indeed mandatory, but can fail to address the critical issue of performance and perceived quality. Over the years, API has developed extensive expertise in the design of specific testing to appropriately assess household product performance and fitness for use. The household product categories for which we can perform this type of testing are:

This list of categories is not exhaustive, and testing of other products is also possible. Please contact our sales department to discuss more specific requirements.

Performance And Fit For Use Testing
Performance And Fit For Use Testing User Testing Solutions

User Testing Solutions

It goes without saying that a product that delivers the best end user service for its category will always enjoy the most market success. Assessing product performance on a realistic and professional basis is a role that API can play in your overall quality control approach.

In our various labs, located near your production line, we can review product performance based on your internal criteria:

  • Overall functionality
  • Handling tests
  • Durability
  • Energy consumption
  • Product performance
  • Ergonomics
  • Perceived quality

These tests can either be performed by experienced technician, or else involve inexperienced or mix groups of users for a superior product evaluation.

A customized protocol will be developed in conjunction with your Quality Assurance department and our teams of electrical or mechanical engineers. Please ask our team for more details.

Benefits Of Household Product Performance And Fit For Use Testing

  • Assure products perform as intended and are fit for use before reaching consumers.
  • Minimize or solve production issues.
  • Confirm product safety.
  • Comply with your market’s regulations.
  • Protect your brand’s reputation.

To build your brand loyalty, your product needs to deliver the performance for which it was designed and marketed. Selling at a fair price for fair service reinforces customer trust and helps your brand to build its reputation.

Comparing your various product lines against the market leader’s best performing product will help you to:

  • Build trust with your customers.
  • Reduce warranty costs.
  • Evaluate your quality against its peers.
  • Fine tune your products’ price/performance ratio.
  • Example of Comparative Testing: Scoring Base 10.

Product performance needs to be benchmarked against the products of peer companies. API has developed this scoring approach based on objectives criteria to help the sourcing team to better evaluate the product and to enhance the quality on specific aspects.

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Performance And Fit For Use Testing Example of Performance and Comparative Testing

Example of Performance and Comparative Testing

Hardness And Corrosion Testing

Because metal hardness and corrosion are both critical factors for the overall quality and performance of many of many tools, API can help you check these parameters against your production guidelines and/or against the products of competitors under the same conditions.

Comparative Testing

Here is an example of comparative testing between a brand A saw ( the yellow one) and a brand B saw (the blue one).API has provided the customer the opportunity to compare the following check points:

  • Screws strengths and performances.
  • Saw teeth sharpness and quality.
  • Sawing performance.
  • Overall user friendliness and handling.

The performances of the two saws were tested. The brand A saw outperformed the brand B saw and brand A sawing efficiency was far better. This approach made it possible for API to help its customer understand the main reason for the performance gap.