A Production Trial is often used to verify if a change on the product or process have had the expected outcome. It can be a change initiated by a continuous improvement or problem solving exercise.

Production Trial Considerations

When setting up a production trial, there are a few things to consider.

  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the production trial, what is it you want to verify, and what is the success criteria.
  • Scope: What is the scope of the production trial, for example, does it only cover certain variants.
  • Controlled Environment: If used to verify a change, it is important the production trial is done in a controlled environment. This is to prevent potentially nonconforming products ending up at costumers.
  • Material Management: If the components going into the trial are different from the standard production, it is essential that they are kept separate. This need to be considered already when shipped, for example send separate and clearly marked up for a trial, or under a different part number to control the stock.
  • Evaluation: How will the finished products be evaluated, and who are the stakeholder who need to be involved.
  • Cost: Who will cover the cost of the trial and potential scrap if the change isn’t successful.

Production Trial from FMEA

Production trial is often used as part of the FMEA activities. For example when doing a Design FMEA, some of the risks identified could require a trial to be done as part of the activity to reduce the risk.

If you are interested in trials or how to use them for problem solving, then our 8D Problem Solving Training might be interesting for you. It is a detailed training on how to effectively solve problems and prevent them from reoccurring.

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