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What compression testing means?

During transport, handling and warehouse automatic storage, compressive forces are produced on the load due to the stacking of the packages or the exercise pressure between each other during movement. A compression tester allows to characterize the product & packaging systems and to simulate the stress that it suffers during the distribution cycle.

The main goal of a compression test is to determine the behavior or response of a material while it experiences a compressive load by measuring fundamental variables, such as strain, stress, and deformation.

Compression testing equipment procedure:

In a compression test, the package is placed between the two plates of the compression tester, that distribute the applied force that pushes inward from opposite sides.

Different testing modes:

  • BCT(Box Compression Test) determination.
  • Creep characterization.
  • Apply and hold.
  • Apply and release.

Compression testing regulations:

  • ASTM D642: Standard Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads.
  • ISO 2872: Complete, filled transport packages – Compression test
  • TAPPI T804: Compression test of fiberboard shipping containers.
  • ISO 12048: Packaging – Complete, filled transport packages – Compression and stacking tests using a compression tester.
  • FEFCO 50 Determination of the compression resistance of corrugated fiberboard containers.
  • ISO 13820: Paper, board and corrugated fiberboard — Description and calibration of compression-testing equipment

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