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What Is Load Testing and Why Is It Important?

Employee safety lies in the performance of your cranes and equipment. This is where load testing comes into play. 

In this load testing guide for beginners, we'll help you understand what load testing is and its importance in the crane industry.

What Is Load Testing?

Load testing refers to creating simulations within a particular application. It aims to help developers determine if their system will perform the way it should under certain conditions. With load testing, developers can pinpoint potential issues such as crashes or system lags during production.

This testing confirms that a particular crane can carry out its tasks safely while holding up a test load.

Why is Load Testing Important?

Load testing is important because it will help ensure that your crane executes its functions correctly during production. However, even if the crane passes the functional test, you will still have to determine whether it will work under load.

This is where load testing becomes vital. Namely, with testing, you'll determine precisely when or where the crane's functions fail. This way, you'll be able to fix the problem before sending the crane into production.

That said, a visual inspection is often not enough to assess the correctness of the crane. In fact, damaged parts frequently become visible only after you expose the crane to extreme loads.

By load testing, you will mitigate potential accidents because you'll be able to find all the defects ahead of time. Discovering weak points or flaws during the testing phase offers a much better scenario than one where the crane breaks down while in use.

What Factors Should Be Considered In Load testing?

What Factors Should Be Considered In Load testing

You can include numerous factors in the load testing performance, such as:

  • Objectives of performance testing
  • Definitions of workload
  • Design of user scenarios
  • Designs of performance testing
  • Examination procedures
  • The performance of system configurations 

Furthermore, since these tests are critical for the safe operation of cranes, they should comply with:

Load Testing Environment

To carry out the crane load tests, you must find a dedicated environment. These environments must be safe in case of crane failure. 

Load Testing Approach

Once the testing starts, there is no stopping it. Therefore, it is imperative to determine whether a load test was previously performed on the system. If yes, you must determine its response time, user load capacity, and handling capability.

On the other hand, if no load tests have been done on the crane, i.e., if you are using a new application, you will need to calculate the target load and the expected response time.

Professional Inspection, Repair, and Testing Services

To avoid potential crane failures, you must conduct load testing regularly. Southeast Rigging, Inc. can help you with that. Our lifting and rigging training covers both in-house and onsite load testing.

We have offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando, so don't hesitate to visit or contact us for further information.

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