- TL;DR Summary
- What exactly does "Rating" mean for a piece of equipment or mechanical device?
A certain mechanical appliance or device is given a rating that says, a certain operation or a certain movement can be performed some specified thousand times. What does the rating really mean? Was that movement or operation performed until the piece failed? Does it mean some advanced test was made in an abbreviated or accelerated fashion, and an estimate or prediction was made to give the number of times as a rating? Should the person receiving the information on a rating include some range up or down from the rating?