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    Factory Acceptance Tests: What They are and Why They’re Important

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Mar 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Lilly_652 015.jpgThe hassle of dealing with issues when equipment is built and operated the first time around can be a huge headache if you are the one with the task of installation and start-up.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get some reassurance prior to receiving your equipment?   That’s what Factory Acceptance Tests, or FATs, are for.  Conducted at the manufacturer’s site prior to delivery and installation, these tests help to identify any issues and correct them prior to shipment.  Basically, an FAT is a “factory debug” to assure that when the system arrives on site, it should be able to be installed and get up and running quickly and smoothly.  If you’ve been wondering what exactly an FAT entails and why should get one, we’ve got some answers for you in this post. 

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    Topics: process optimization, engineered systems, validation