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The Importance of Industrial Software Automation Testing

POSTED 08/01/2017  | By: Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

Industrial software automation is used to monitor and control industrial processes from a longer distance. This means that engineers or system operators do not have to use the manual switches to start or end an operation process; industrial processes are started from the automated software. Software automation also eliminates the purpose of timers among other relays that are used in the industrial sector. Every operation is executed and monitored via automated software.

However, before the software is synced with industrial processes and operations, it must be tested and verified that it works as it should. But is it really necessary to go through the sometimes long and time-consuming industrial software automation testing process? Here are its benefits.

Boosts efficiency
The software automation testing process is designed to ensure operational efficiency. The testing process examines tricky, case-specific areas as well as time-consuming and repetitive industry segments. These tests save money, resources and time while ensuring a high return on investment. Testing saves money and resources by ensuring that software is compatible with specific industry operations before being fully incorporated. Imagine investing in industrial software automation only to realize that the software is not compatible with your industrial operations.

Saves time and money
Software tests are often repeated during the development stages to ensure utmost quality. Software automation testing reduces the overhead costs significantly since automation tests can be run over and over again once created. Meaning that you do not need extra resources or time to test software compatibility and efficiency.

Ensures more precision
Industrial software automation testing performs similar tests as ones conducted manually but more accurately. Moreover, these systems record detailed results once the tests are completed. As such, you can easily determine problematic areas, their issues and how to fix them.

Adds unique programmability and shelf life
Industrial software automation tests are designed to precise specifications and are major components in executing future software test settings. Testing software is modeled to be flexible at accommodating unique products while complying with the ever-changing testing and security protocols. As such, software automation tests are powerful tools for saving time and resources while delivering excellent results.

Accelerates GUI testing
Software automation testing simulates a typical user environment through categorically set-up keystrokes and mouse clicks. GUI testing is by far the most redundant and time-consuming procedure because the same procedures are repeatedly deployed, and issues are checked in the GUI responsiveness. Automation testing eliminates redundancy and saves time to make the testing process much easier.

Industrial software automation testing makes things easier and gives engineers and industrial system operators a hassle-free software implementation process. This saves time and resources by ensuring that industries invest in the right software that is within their budget and caters for operational needs. Moreover, automation testing indirectly boosts software quality by identifying problematic and potentially problematic areas that must be improved before the software is incorporated within an industrial setting.