It looks like I may be in the running for a new design project to add a capability to an existing facility at a major semiconductor fab house in Asia. An existing commercial ESD testing product controls the access turnstile or doors via a changeover (Form C) relay. My project will copy this "drive" approach but implement the additional testing and logic sequence before opening the turnstile or door.
The question is ... should I even consider mounting the relay in a socket. Most of the suitably rated units have only a 100,000 or 200,000 electrical operations spec. This facility would hit that mark easily in 9 months with the size of its workforce and all those lunch and work breaks. I don't know what relay the ESD tester uses, but I should equal or exceed its MTBF and certainly ease the repair time ... hence the socket consideration.
Any thoughts, recommendations for long life relays?