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For over 20 years, Kipsta has been creating products for male and female football players at all levels.
In this article we introduce the Product Certification Team, who ensure that Kipsta products are tested and validated before they are released to stores.
Before being placed on the market, each Kipsta product is subjected to a large number of tests, either using machines (called "torture tests") and/or in the lab, as well as (and especially) by our team of field test engineers, who play a key role in the overall design process of our Kipsta products.
This product certification team has developed a series of tests specifically designed for our products along with test protocols which guarantee a high level of expertise in carrying out the tests on Kipsta products.
The product certification team also works with our design teams to validate their new product designs in order to offer our customers products that are technical and durable at the best possible price.
A certification label is applied to all tested products found in our Decathlon stores.
The CTC's main involvement in this project is to provide human and mechanical resources, since Decathlon itself doesn't have all of the needed test machines in-house or the in-house resources to do all of the desired testing. Working with the CTC allows us to get the tests done faster and more efficiently.
The CTC has helped us with its expertise in footwear and access to its teams.
We work together on the selection of tests to run, how much data to collect, and the reliability of the results.
The CTC works together with Kipsta, providing its technical and scientific expertise and resources.
By correlating the data collected on the field by Kipsta, with the data from mechanical tests collected by the CTC, we were able to find a high-performance solution.
The study allowed us to quantify the deficiencies in our products when in use, and to scientifically validate a mechanical representation of these deficiencies.
Thanks to these collaborative efforts, we are now able to evaluate the durability of our products, characterise any potential deficiencies, and improve the performance of our footwear. We are able to reliably confirm a product's theoretical lifespan.
Presently this study is focused on our football boots.
Our goal is to duplicate this same methodology for all types of products, and thus evaluate new product lines and innovations created by Kipsta.