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Sensors are normally in the worst of locations in a given system because they are usually required to sense an external parameter and therefore placed in or close to the environment. This might be at high temperature, pressure, high levels of vibration or shock etc. Clearly before production, preferably at an early development stage sensors should be put through their paces in the proposed environment they are likely to face.  In many applications a sensor will be required to operate in a domestic or commercial environment where extremes are thought unlikely to occur. However even here exposure to strong sun and near 100% humidity can routinely occur, which can be very damaging. Production test may be needed to reject against an environmental specification, or provide calibration data for sensor in field compensation.

These requirements can be quite complex and a successful strategy for conducting proving or production test can save time, capital outlay and maximise production margins.