Factory Acceptance Testing Excellence

May 1, 2012

The Holland Applied Technologies Systems Division designs and builds high purity skids and modules for the food, beverage and biopharmaceuFactory Acceptance Testing tical industry.  The last phase of the project usually includes a factory acceptance test (FAT).  Following are our thoughts on conducting a successful factory acceptance test.

Closure to a high purity process system project traditionally ends with a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).  This is an important client function that almost always dictates the final grade on a significant project.
What makes for a successful FAT?  Here are some of the basic principles we use to consistently execute an excellent FAT:

  1. Keep your FAT date.  We understand the coordination required to schedule a FAT.
  2. Be prepared.  A good FAT begins before it starts.  We will have completed our pre-FAT checks on the system prior to customer arrival.  The more time the customer has to work on their FAT and not ours, the sooner they can finish.
  3. Assign a dedicated technician to run the FAT activities.  This person’s first priority is to assist the client in executing the FAT.
  4. Eliminate punch list items on-the-go.  Don’t wait for a list at the end before working off punch list items.
  5. Be flexible.  Be prepared to change course during the FAT if problems arise.  Be prepared to come in early or stay late to help the client finish.
  6. Make the best use of the time available.  Have hook ups ready to go before starting.  Plan for the next round of tests and what might be needed to execute.  Bring in lunch.  Anything to make best use of the client time during FAT.

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