During the distribution cycle, loads are threatened by situations such as drops or shock, which may compromise their safety. The package is their only protection against these hazards. The Drop Test equipment lets you prevent problems during the shipping and handling of the goods, since it simulates drops and shocks, and shows how they affect the load and the package.

The Drop Testing Machine is highly useful for companies whose success depends on the safety of the goods during transportation. The simulation of drops using Safe Load TT’s Drop Tester for laboratories will not only enable you to design your packages as per the highest international standards, but also propose solutions that save costs.

Drop Tester equipment: What is it?

The Drop Tester allows for the simulation of drops and rotational impacts that may affect packages during shipping and handling.

The machine (also known as “free fall tester” and “vertical impact tester”) simulates flat, edge and corner drops using the latest technologies.

Since it uses different angles for drops, adding a Drop Tester for laboratories allows for more precise simulations that are closer to what is actually experienced during the transportation of goods.

The purpose of the Drop Test equipment is to simulate the damages that these drops and impacts cause on the goods. This machine is in high demand in the package research industry, whose advances aim to optimize packages that protect loads.

Drop Testing Machine: features and key points

Safe Load TT’s Drop Testing Machine will let you choose between four models depending on the type of load to be transported and its volume:

  • Model SF-DP1200 is designed to test loads of up to 1200 kg (2646 lb.).
  • Model SF-DP600 can test loads of up to 600 kg (1323 lb.).   
  • Model SF-DP200 can test loads of up to 200 kg (441 lb.).   
  • Model SF-DP100 can test loads of up to 100 kg (220 lb.).   

In addition, the procedure to perform the vertical drop test differs between models; which is to say, depending on whether the load is large or small.

This being the case, for large goods, the load is placed on a hoisting platform driven by a pneumatic mechanism. When the platform drops, it is wedged into the base and allows the load to hit the impact surface.

Smaller goods require a test in which the load is placed on beams. The beams ascend and retract to let the cargo fall. The model for smaller goods also allows for the placement of obstacles for the load to impact.

In both cases, the Drop Test equipment may include an arm mechanism that allows for edge and corner drops, expanding the functionality of the machine and offering results that are closer to real life.

Safe Load has designed its Drop Test equipment for an intuitive and simple use. This is why, among other features, the Drop Testing Machine allows for manual or automated tests.

This means that performing simulations with this Drop Tester for laboratories will be as simple as placing the load on the hoisting surface, selecting on the screen the height at which the load is to be released, and pressing the button to start the test.

Why you need a Drop Tester for laboratories

The main purpose of the Drop Test equipment is to obtain data that lets you optimize the packaging of transported goods.

A package that is optimized through the implementation of package tests will have two advantages:

  • It protects the product during transportation, allowing you to choose the right package to guarantee the safety of the goods. Drop Testing Machines are sought by companies that need to protect their products and ensure their arrival at the destination in prefect conditions, guaranteeing the satisfaction of the end customer.

In this regard, Drop Test equipment are particularly necessary to simulate the transportation of packages containing hazardous goods of the pharmaceutical sector, or which are particularly fragile. By simulating free falls or rotational impacts, contingencies that may affect these loads can be foreseen, thereby protecting them.

  • It fosters cost savings. Using a Drop Tester for laboratories allows for the design of a protective package for transported goods.

This prevents over-packaging, which leads to unnecessary expenses for the company. This test will also let you prevent under-packaging, which may put goods at risk and imply higher costs due to shrinkage or the destruction of the product during transportation.

In addition, a Drop Testing Machine can be vital for other reasons:  

  • It is an essential tool for most packaging tests established by international standards. For example, a simulation using a Drop Testing Machine is a requirement to be part of the Amazon ISTA program.
  • A Drop Test equipment also lets you perform simulations that comply with good transportation regulations in effect.
  • Acquiring a Drop Tester for an in-house laboratory offers many advantages. Among others, it allows for independence when performing tests, letting the company perform comprehensive and stringent tests whenever it deems convenient, without depending on third parties.

For this reason, having an in-house machine will also let you save time in the performance of tests. Drop tester

Other supplementary machines

The Drop Test machine can work in conjunction with other machines to offer precise data and classify packages as per international standards.  

One option is to operate with the Data Recorder of the innRecord family. When this machine is placed in a truck, ship or airplane, it records the motions that may be hazardous to the loads during transportation (including drops). The data is recorded in a card that can then be inserted into the Drop Test equipment.

Based on data collected by innRecord, the Drop Testing Machine can simulate drops that are similar to those experienced during transportation

In addition, the Drop Tester works jointly with other machines to perform the AMAZON ISTA protocol, which will be vital to continue working with the e-commerce giant starting the next few months.

In order to comply with these standards, at Safe Load TT we have designed the Amazon Lab. It is a set of equipment that includes four machines in addition to the Drop Tester for laboratories:

  • The Clamp machine, which measures the protective capabilities of packages when exposed to horizontal pressures and vertical motions during automatic storage.
  • The incline impact tester, which simulates horizontal shocks that may affect the load during shipping and handling.
  • A compressometer, which tests a package’s resistance to compression and to the Creep test.
  • A vertical vibration machine, which simulates vertical vibrations experienced by the load during transportation by road, rail, air or sea, to prevent their effects and protect the goods being transported.

This machine combination can perform procedures as outlined in ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC and ISTA 6-Amazon.com-Over-Boxing and is a perfect option for businesses that work with Amazon and need to obtain Amazon’s Frustration Free-Packaging certification (Tier 1-FFP or Tier 2-SIOC).

Safe Load’s Drop Tester: what sets it apart

Free fall simulation machines have been on the package testing market for years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Safe Load TT developed its first prototype.

Our Drop Tester differs from others in that it allows the process to be automated: in addition to performing the package test manually, our machine lets you program it in advance so that it is performed automatically.

We have designed the machine in a way that the simulation is controlled by using a screen. This makes the procedure simple and intuitive. In addition, the Drop Tester is designed to only require an occasional, simple maintenance.

Furthermore, at Safe Load TT we always try to offer machines that are tailored to the needs of each company, attaining machines with a high level of personalization. In this regard, our Drop Testing Machine is available in two models: one machine from small packages and one for larger packages or pallets, as already described.

This is the case of the machine that we built for ITENE, who work with container technology, logistics, transportation and mobility.

The company decided to buy a Drop Tester from Safe Load TT for its packaging research product line. After analyzing their needs, at Safe Load TT we manufactured a model that can withstand a weight of up to 1,500 Kg. (3,307 lb.) and performs simulations from a height of up to 2.2 meters (7’ 2.6”).

Package research and simulations are necessary technologies for the success of today’s businesses.

A track record of 20 years guarantees that members of the Safe Load Testing Technologies’ team are experts in the field. Furthermore, in each new case we commit to working hand in hand with our clients to offer personalized solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Get in touch with us and we will study your case.