How to Perform Product Qualification

Qualification is an essential the product development process.  Qualifying a product is often regarded as an expensive, complex, and timely event.  The concern is ensuring proper and ethical testing in order to not just put a checkmark in the box to complete a Statement of Work.  The importance of qualification is undervalued given its importance.  Engineers who are assigned to perform product qualification typically do not understand requirements, test standards, testing methodology, and how to clearly and effectively communicate with outside test labs.  Despite popular misconception, third party test labs are typically not in a position to hand you a plan for qualifying your product.  Your company is responsible for knowing what to test, the test setup including fixturing, support equipment, pass/fail criteria, etc.  This short course will provide a high level overview how to effectively design, test, and implement an effective qualification for your company. 

This class follows up the comprehensive introduction to MIL-STD-810H.  If you have not taken that class, a general understanding of MIL-STD-810 is recommended.


David Sgro

Dave Sgro is the lead qualification test engineer for FLIR’s Surveillance Division in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to working at FLIR, he worked at Raytheon’s environmental test laboratory where he lead extensive high visibility qualification and test programs including field test and data collection around the country. Dave holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He has held multiple positions in IEST including as a board member, and served as President of the IEST Boston Chapter. Currently, Dave is the IEST Technical Vice President for the Environmental Test division of the organization. He is also the Working Group Chair for Shock and Vibration Test Fixture Design. Over the years, Dave has presented multiple papers at IEST and at internal Raytheon Symposiums in the field of Environmental Test.


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