SMB Validation

Why produce a FAT?

Factory Acceptance Tests are required to protect both the end user and the manufacturer. The end user will only accept delivery of equipment once evidence that the piece of equipment, system, or integrated process is operating to their expectations. Documented evidence is provided by the FAT protocol to accept delivery of the equipment. Failure of an FAT allows the manufacturer the opportunity to make the required changes at their facility to ensure that the equipment will operate to the specifications agreed to prior to the manufacturing stage. Failure to complete an FAT document could result in added costs to all parties involved due to service costs to the manufacturer and losses to the end user due to downtime and loss of production time. The FAT ensures that all questions and problems have been resolved prior to any merchandise being shipped. Final acceptance of the FAT results allows the manufacturer to deliver the piece of equipment, system, or integrated process to the end user.