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ASTM has over 30,000 volunteer members from more than 140 countries around the world who are producers, users, consumers and general interest parties. These members write ASTM standards through their service on one or more of our 140-plus technical committees. It is these members who decide which standards development activities to pursue. Anyone interested in the field covered by a committee’s scope is eligible to become a committee member.

 

ASTM Standards

 

> ASTM E23-16b Standard Test Methods for Notched Bar Impact Testing of Metallic Materials

 

These test methods of impact testing relate specifically to the behavior of metal when subjected to a single application of a force resulting in multi-axial stresses associated with a notch, coupled with high rates of loading and in some cases with high or low temperatures. For some materials and temperatures, the results of impact tests on notched specimens, when correlated with service experience, have been found to predict the likelihood of brittle fracture accurately.

 

> ASTM D4169 – 16 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

 

This practice provides a uniform basis of evaluating, in a laboratory, the ability of shipping units to withstand the distribution environment. This is accomplished by subjecting them to a test plan consisting of a sequence of anticipated hazard elements encountered in various distribution cycles. This practice is not intended to supplant material specifications or existing preshipment test procedures.

ASTM D4169 determines different test protocols depending on the distribution cycle and is the client who decides which one is best suited to his needs. This standard proposes 18 different distribution cycles depending on the type of load and the type of transport.

Within each distribution cycle, the tests are specified according to the distribution cycle, vibration tests, impacts, falls, compression and/or pressure. Also, each test determines the assurance level which defines the intensity level based on the probability of an accident during the distribution cycle.

Compression Tester, Drop Tester, Vertical Vibration System, Horizontal Impact, and Inclined Impact Tester support ASTM D4169 Standard practice for performance testing of shipping containers and systems.

 

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> ASTM D7386-16 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Packages for Single Parcel Delivery System

 

This practice provides a uniform basis of evaluating, in a laboratory, the ability of shipping units, weighing up to but not exceeding 150 lb (68 kg), intended for the single parcel delivery system to withstand the hazards associated with the distribution environment. This is accomplished by subjecting them to a test plan consisting of a sequence of anticipated hazard elements encountered in the distribution cycles. This practice is not intended to supplant material specifications or existing pre-shipment test procedures.

Drop Tester supports ASTM D7386 Standard practice for performance testing of packages for single parcel delivery system.

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