A factory acceptance test of new equipment is vital to a successful start-up of that equipment when it gets to your facility.
Don’t be tempted to skip the FAT, it is one the most important; if not the most important steps of the commissioning and validation process for a new production line.
Performing the acceptance test at the vendor’s facility is preferable for several reasons:
- Easier and cheaper for the vendor to make corrections, modifications, or fix problems. They have all of their personnel, equipment, and supplies on hand to work with.
- If the equipment is not going to meet specifications, you have the chance to reject it in entirety, and not have to deal with uninstalling equipment that isn’t going to work.
- Knowing that the equipment was fully checked out and validated prior to shipment aids in the start-up process by eliminating a source of problems
- Payment terms can be aligned with FAT success, so that you only pay the vendor when the equipment is successfully tested
5-Fold Technical Consultants can help you by conducting the FAT on your behalf. Let one of our experienced, knowledgeable and highly technical consultants assess your equipment before it ships.
►Inspection of the equipment for conformity to drawings, specifications, and other requirements
►Static check-out of all mechanical and electrical systems
►Dynamic testing of the equipment
►Approval before shipment
We can conduct and FAT on many different types of industrial equipment, including:
✓Material Handling Systems
✓Industrial Automation Systems