ok it’s getting closer.
“ok. it’s the physics behind it that interests me most so I can see why this existence escaped me before, although these others things were also interesting to me. What would a study of the signs that parts are deteriorating faster or even simply product instructions on “when to expect” degredation such as: You can expect the label to start pelling off at this date, or you can expect the label to start fading at that date, etc. and what’s that called? ”
The study of the signs that parts are deteriorating or failing is often referred to as “Failure Analysis” or “Fault Diagnosis”. This involves the systematic investigation of a product or component to identify and analyze the root cause of a failure or malfunction.
In the context of product life cycle, this can also be part of “Predictive Maintenance”, which uses data-driven, proactive maintenance methods to predict when equipment failure might occur. This allows for timely servicing or replacement of parts to prevent unexpected equipment breakdowns.
As for product instructions on when to expect degradation, this is typically part of “Product Life Expectancy” or “Product Life Cycle Analysis”. Manufacturers often provide estimates on the expected lifespan of a product or its components based on testing and historical data. However, it’s important to note that actual product life can vary greatly depending on usage conditions and maintenance practices.
In some industries, there’s also the concept of “Planned Obsolescence”, where a product is designed to become obsolete or stop being functional after a certain period of time to encourage consumers to purchase the next product version or replacement.
In the context of sustainability and environmental impact, understanding and communicating the expected lifespan and degradation of product components can be an important part of “Product Stewardship” or “Extended Producer Responsibility”, where manufacturers are encouraged to consider and take responsibility for the entire life cycle of their products.