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Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) – An Essential for Optimum Delivery
04.21.18

Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) – An Essential for Optimum Delivery

Delivering quality and exceeding the expectations of our clients is always a requisite at Cybernetik. Factory Acceptance Testing or FAT is one of the project milestones that helps us meet our goals and ensure smooth functionality of the system through its entire lifecycle. Systems that go through rigorous FAT enable our clients to achieve optimum productivity and be the frontrunners in their respective industry.

What is FAT?
Prior to the delivery and shipment of any automation system, we build the entire system at Cybernetik, just as it would have been built at the client’s place and perform a comprehensive scrutiny, also known as Factory Acceptance Testing or FAT.

This scrutiny includes checking the system for a number of factors like Functionality, SLA adherence, Legal & Compliance accuracy, P&ID and quality certifications. Going further, at Cybernetik we also prepare the system for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as production rate (cycle time), process flow, user interface, workmanship and safety.

When is FAT performed?
FAT is performed before we dispatch the system from Cybernetik. It helps us ensure quality and safety of the system. It also saves on time and cost. Issues can be identified and rectified while the system is still in our factory. This reduces the initial hassles while setting up the system at the client’s place and reduces the time to make it run smoothly and to its full capacity. In addition, it gives client a clear idea of the physical layout and if there is a need for alterations and reconfigurations, they can be implemented prior to the delivery.

Who should be present during FAT?
To ensure the success of FAT, we recommend the presence of personnel from client’s side on the shop floor. The personnel could be Project Managers, Operators, Plant Engineers and Maintenance Engineers. This helps everyone understand the environment where the system is being tested enabling better troubleshooting in case of breakdowns during run-time.

Why is FAT important?
FAT helps identify non-conformities in the system while the system is still at Cybernetik, so that problems can be addressed before installation of the system. This offers more flexibility to our technical experts for providing optimal solutions, without affecting the project timelines. FAT also eliminates ambiguity around the KPIs set for the equipment.

Though Cybernetik incurs considerable costs simulating real-time shop environment for the system to be appropriately evaluated, this lowers the risk of breakdowns during shop time as well as the need for repetitive servicing. At Cybernetik, FAT is not billed to the client separately, as it is included in the scope of delivery established earlier. We clarify and lay down the requirements and measures that will compose a customised FAT, and these are carefully implemented to ensure the success of FAT.

Just like before delivering any product, the manufacturer checks it for quality, FAT is performed before the shipment of automation equipment to ensure its quality standards and full functionality. It is also important for ensuring safety of equipment and personnel. After all, creating safer workplaces is one of the most important aspects of industrial automation. Click here to read more.
FAT is a standard procedure that helps us deliver robust and consistent results and enables our clients to gain optimal benefits from Cybernetik systems. Contact us to know more about how you can optimize your processes through automation systems from Cybernetik.

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