No, cycle testing Docking Drawer outlets is an important part of the rigorous testing process we undertake to ensure every outlet we provide is safe not only today, but also for the life of the product. We know our most demanding customers want to know “How long will a Docking Drawer last?” as well as our PFR or “Product Failure Rate”.
To start, our background in the industrial automation and semiconductor equipment industries gave us the experience and knowledge of how to perform extensive life testing. We’re not just throwing together electronics, we’re creating technology.
To test the product, we started by designing a life test fixture that would open and close an actual drawer with one of our products installed in it. We then built in a counter which told us how many cycles we were able to put on the product.
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This test fixture worked 24/7 for almost a month without stopping until we reached the desired number of cycles. The final number is 500,000. Every 100,000 cycles we stop the test and do a physical inspection of the mechanical parts. We also check the cable to make sure there is no damage by using a special electrical safety tester. This tester performs 3 different tests that ensure the conductor, insulation, and connectors are all still functioning as designed.
In other words, we want to make sure the product, as a whole, is still functioning as if it were new every 100,000 cycles. Additionally, we cycle test our product more than 50 times longer than the test required by our independent safety laboratory, Intertek.
What can we say? We’re committed.
To break it down, this represents about 43 years of actual use. That’s assuming you opened and closed your drawer every 15 minutes for 8 hours per day, 7 days per week.
That is a lot of time. In fact, we bet your Docking Drawer outlet will outlast many other parts of your cabinets and for sure any type of home made or power strip solution.
All of this ensures that the product you purchase performs as designed for a very, very long time. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
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