Our on-site research, development and innovation centre enables us to focus on further improving the performance and sustainability of our products to more efficiently support our customers. The centre features full testing, scale up and analytical capabilities including an accelerated weathering station which reproduces exposure to sunlight, rain and humidity.
Providing validation to our customers is the formal procedure we use to determine if a product complies with industry standards or customer specification. This requires that we collect documented evidence of tests carried out in our centre. The objective is to prove materials and production processes achieve the required result and will continue to provide the same level of performance in the future. This collection of documentation is the validation.
When referring to compliance and validation it is generally accepted there is a distinct difference between anecdotal evidence and scientific evidence, or proof based on findings from repeated observation, measurement, and experimentation.
While scientific evidence can be independently verified using scientific method, anecdotal evidence cannot. Anecdotal evidence is usually offered when there is an absence of scientific evidence.
However, in our experience, it is difficult to find an experiment where everyone achieves the same result and if the end result is just an impersonal number it provides no guarantee.
It is probably more important therefore to find some correlation between test results and real time application and the threshold for failure rather than the minimal requirement to pass in a test environment. This is when we use our experience and archive of test data to recommend and future-proof performance.