Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-3539

Bringing Field to Lab in Tractor Evaluation Through Three Poster Test System and Statistical Tools 2005-01-3539

The emerging business imperative of frequent new product introduction in market throws up challenge to shorten testing and evaluation time. Advanced test facilities and statistical tools have a greater role in reducing the evaluation cycle time. Considering limitations of field testing, a need was felt to simulate field condition in the laboratory i.e., ‘Bringing field to lab’. In this paper, an effort is made to explain the concept of ‘Bringing field to lab’ and the approach towards accomplishing it. The methodology developed for assessing effectiveness of laboratory tests i.e., ‘Power of Lab’ is shared. Various means of accelerating the tests and verifying field to lab correlation are explained.
In quest to pursue the vision of ‘Bringing field to lab’ program, a new test facility has been developed to evaluate tractor i.e., Three-Poster Test System. Features of this test system, along with it’s role in ‘Bringing field to lab’, are shared along with the test results obtained. This paper entails the journey undertaken to develop this system, salient features and spectacular results achieved through the orchestration of technology and application of statistical tools.


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