Packaging Testing

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    What is Packaging Testing?

    While a product may be well designed for operation in its intended location, how it gets from point of origin to point of use has the potential to cause damage and degradation due to stresses in handling, transportation and supply chain hazards.

    The packaging in which a product ships has to withstand potential physical and environmental exposures from manual or automatic handling, storage and stacking, transport vibration from road, rail, sea or air transport, potential for fall/drop, as well as hot, cold or humid conditions.

    The importance of protecting products from a myriad of consumer delivery mechanisms is greater than ever. Pre-shipment distribution testing offers a valuable understanding of packaged-product performance. These testing processes enable organisations and their people to minimise product damage through distribution and optimise resource usage through effective package design.

    In some sectors, product is designed to be transported to point of use throughout its lifetime, often in harsh environments. Robust and effective package handling and transit systems are required.

    Packaging testing can help you ensure that your product arrives in a fit state for use!

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    How can Resonate Testing Ltd. help you?

    Resonate Testing can help you gain the confidence that your product packaging will be resistant to structural or environmental damage during transit.

    ISTA Testing

    As an International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Certified Test Laboratory, we can apply tests across the range of standard ISTA procedures.

    ISTA Test type
    ISTA Test Procedures
    Non-Simulation Integrity Performance Tests
    1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1G, 1H

    Partial Simulation Performance Tests

    2A, 2B, 2C

    General Simulation Performance Tests

    3A, 3B

    Member Performance Tests

    6-Amazon SIOC, 6-SAMS

    Development Tests


    Testing will help evaluate packaging effectiveness, from vibration testing to simulate transportation, to free fall drop for handling, compression for simulation of stacking, and a range of temperature and humidity conditions.

    Other Packaging standards

    Resonate has capabilities across the range of packaging standards. Typical standards include:

    ASTM D4169 – Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

    ASTM D7386 - Performance Testing of Packages for Single Parcel Delivery Systems

    ASTM D999 - Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers

    ASTM D4728 - Random Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers

    IEC 60068-2-31 – Rough handling shocks

    MIL-STD-810 Transit testing

    ASTM D685 - Standard Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing

    ASTM D4332 - Standard Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing

    ASTM F2825 - Standard Practice for Climatic Stressing of Packaging Systems for Single Parcel Delivery

    ASTM D6653 – Determining the Effects of High Altitude on packaging systems by vacuum method

    IEC 60068-2-13 – Low Air pressure

    IEC 60068-2-39 - Combined temperature with low air pressure tests

    Special application and customised package test programs

    Resonate Testing’s capabilities across dynamic and environmental testing mean we can incorporate diverse customer requirements in the field of packaging and transportation testing.

    Our altitude test can simulate air freight. Our climatic and combined climatic with dynamic testing can be applied to simulate climate conditions in different parts of the world, as well as ageing and accelerated ageing tests. Tests for special product requirements can also be accommodated, for example cold chain temperature-controlled shipping systems.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us with your specific requirements.

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