Temperature and humidity testing is conducted to determine the products ability to function either in it’s intended use, or in extreme environments. These tests are performed to determine the products ability to survive cold and hot temperature extremes coupled with extreme humidity. Testing can either be performed using temperature alone, or a combination of temperature and humidity.
Every product designer needs to understand their products’ end-use environment. Whether your product operates in an air-conditioned office or is used outdoors in extreme conditions depends on how far you need to test. Many industries and applications have temperature & humidity testing mandated by either regulations or industry standards.
Exposing your product to environmental stresses reduces the risk of field failures brought about by changes in climate. In particular, electronic products suffer degradation through exposure to higher temperatures, whilst metals and plastic suffer from humidity.