Capitalizing on the FAT

BU004618During new machine installation or upgrade activities some people seem to have a good handle on equipment to be installed. If you’re not one of them, you probably did not attend the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the new machine. For projects involving new equipment, the FAT is performed at the vendor facility before the machine is shipped to the client site. During the FAT, the vendor tests the equipment according to client-approved test plans and specifications to demonstrate that the machine meets the client’s requirements. For the client to accept or sign off on the equipment for shipment, it must perform as expected through a variety of functional tests.

Attending an FAT offers a unique perspective on the vendor and client teamwork involved in successful manufacturing equipment design. It also provides an opportunity to access vendor resources that will be essential for supporting machine operation, maintenance and troubleshooting after installation.

Being part of the FAT team comes with responsibilities—machine testing and acceptance, knowledge of the machine’s intended use in the plant, and the acquisition of technical knowledge for personnel responsible for operations and maintenance after equipment installation.

To help you make the most of the event, the FAT Survival Guide outlines the FAT process—what happens before, during, and after. It also includes tips on how to prepare for the FAT, what to look for during actual testing, and best practices to follow upon returning to the plant.

Taking the Survival Guide to an FAT will give you answers to these questions and more…

  • How should I prepare for the FAT?
  • What does my team expect this machine to do? What, exactly, does it do?
  • How can I capitalize on the FAT to bring value to my team?
  • What technical information should I obtain for operational and maintenance support after this machine is installed and running?
  • What can I do to transfer what I have learned from the FAT to operations personnel?

Before your next FAT, Download the FAT Survival Guide. You’ll not only live to tell the tale of your experience, you’ll add value to the project team and offer vital support upon return for those who did not attend.