Case Study

UST helped global tech company eliminate manual testing processes by 70%

UST designed an automated motherboard testing platform, accelerating R&D testing, validation, and debugging cycles from four to two days-an impressive 50% increase in productivity.

OUR CLIENT

Founded decades ago, this American multinational technology company produces computer and device parts. As a dominant player in the industry, the company employs over 100,000 people and generates more than $50 billion in revenue annually.

THE CHALLENGE

Need to replace costly, time-consuming, repetitive, manual motherboard testing processes

The client’s U.S. and India research and development (R&D) departments manually debugged and performance-tested the functionality of motherboard prototypes. These included battery shelf life, on/off buttons, integrated cameras, LAN switches, and keyboards. Facing tight deadlines, the teams often had to work long hours and weekends to release R&D prototypes on time. When additional fixes or validation issues arose within tight deadlines, team leaders scrambled to add software engineers to onsite projects and off-shore teams, significantly increasing labor costs. R&D leaders wanted to implement automated testing processes and tools to accelerate the time-consuming work onsite and remote development teams could use.

THE TRANSFORMATION

New test platform automated manual validation processes globally

UST’s product engineering team designed a smart motherboard testing platform that automates approximately 2,100 of the 3,000 test cases across each motherboard prototype’s mechanical, electronic, and software functionality. Designed to accommodate Windows, Chrome, and Android operating systems, the sophisticated testing platform provides accurate functionality testing and logs all results with timestamps, creating a thorough audit trail. Since off-shore teams can access the test platform remotely, R&D teams worldwide can conduct tests.

THE IMPACT

Automated testing platform accelerated R&D test cycles by 50%

The new test automation solution replaced 70%-2,100 of 3,000-of the manual prototype test cases. Because testing cycles accelerated from four to two days, a 50% productivity improvement, the company no longer has to add personnel to R&D teams at the last minute to meet tight deadlines, saving labor costs and boosting profitability. Now, R&D engineers can focus on more valuable, strategic development projects.

RESOURCES

https://www.ust.com/productengineering

https://www.ust.com/en/industries/semiconductor-engineering