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Packaged products are vulnerable to significant impacts throughout their journey in the supply chain, which can negatively affect their integrity and quality. To address this challenge, inclined impact tests have become an essential tool in the industry. These tests not only mimic the dynamic forces to which products are exposed during transportation and handling but also provide valuable information for improving product design and protective packaging.

Inclined Impact Testers are employed to mimic these challenging conditions. In these systems, a carriage accelerates the test sample down a slope, causing it to crash into a stationary backstop at specific speeds. The way the sample responds to these harsh conditions provides insights into how the product might perform in actual supply chain scenarios. This information enables design engineers to enhance the product and/or its protective packaging as necessary.

To conduct these tests, an Inclined Impact Tester is employed, simulating real-world conditions by accelerating a test sample down a controlled slope and causing it to collide with a stationary backstop at specific speeds. The incline of the slope is typically set at 10 degrees, allowing the natural force of gravity to facilitate the impact.

Such side impact testing finds its application in various laboratory settings, including the development of products and packaging, simulation of packaged product transport, and verification of the stability of palletized unit loads.

The operation of these machines is crucial for assessing the impact resistance of products and their packaging. The results of these tests assist design engineers in understanding how products will behave in real supply chain situations, enabling them to make improvements to product design or protective packaging as needed.

Furthermore, Inclined Impact Testers are used in a variety of setups, ranging from product development laboratories to simulations of packaged product transport. They also play a crucial role in verifying the stability of palletized unit loads.

What is an Inclined Impact Tester?

An Inclined Impact Tester is a device designed to analyze the strength and durability of packaging and products during their transportation process. Its operation is based on replicating the situations that a package cmight encounter when it undergoes side impacts, such as those occurring during loading and unloading or while in transit.

By recreating real impact scenarios in a controlled environment, the Inclined Impact Tester assists manufacturers and packaging designers in understanding how their products behave within the supply chain. This enables them to make necessary adjustments to enhance strength and reduce the risk of damage during transportation.

The inclined impact tester can help your business prevent losses and unnecessary costs, optimizing the packaging that is necessary to protect the goods during transport.

This machine is in high demand in various sectors: from technology institutes and universities, to film manufacturers, all the way through packaging designers and brand owners.

How does an Inclined Impact Tester work?

It works by simulating the conditions that a package might encounter when it undergoes side impacts, such as during loading and unloading or in transit. Here’s a basic overview of how it operates:

Test Sample Preparation: The product or package to be tested is secured on a carriage or sled. This carriage is designed to move freely down an inclined track.

Incline and Carriage: The tester consists of a ramp or incline, along which the carriage will slide. The angle of the incline is typically set to 10 degrees in order to utilize the force of gravity to facilitate the impact

Controlled Impact: At the end of the incline, there is a fixed backstop. The carriage slides down the incline under gravity, accelerating until it impacts this backstop. The speed at impact depends on the length and angle of the incline.

Measuring Impact: The force of the impact is measured, and the effects on the test sample are assessed. This can include physical damage to the product or package, as well as internal damage assessed through additional testing methods.

Setting up a in-house Inclined Impact  Tester alow for repeatability as tests are often repeated multiple times to ensure consistency.

Furtermore, the Side Impact Testing System  is used to ensure compliance with various industry standards set by organizations like ASTM, ISTA, MIL-STD, and ISO. These standards specify the test conditions, like impact velocity, number of impacts, and which sides of the product to test.

Safe Load Testing Technologies cutting-edge Inclined Impact Testers

We offer four Inclined Impact Tester models among our innShock family. All the Inclined Impact Testing Systems are characterized by a  maximum impact velocity of 2.5 m/s and can handle test loads up to 2,000 kg, depending on the model. They boasts a seamless displacement mechanism, hydraulic dampers, and a 10-degree inclined plane for accurate simulations.

Exploring the Function and Applications of the Inclined Impact Tester: A Key Tool for durability performance

The user-centric design includes a touchscreen interface for easy control and adheres to global testing standards. It can be optionally equipped with innVision ST for precise unit load deformation analysis and reporting. Additional features include hazard detection and a speed sensor for enhanced testing capabilities.

Advantages of Utilizing an Inclined Impact Tester

Inclined impact test systems offer crucial benefits for assessing the durability and protective capabilities of packaged products prior to their entry into the supply chain. The key advantages of incorporating inclined impact testing in product assessment include:

Enhanced Packaging Design: These tests provide critical insights into the effectiveness of packaging designs. By understanding how packaging responds to impacts, designers can optimize materials and structures for better protection.
Reduction in Product Damage: Through simulating real-world transport scenarios, inclined impact tests help in identifying potential weaknesses in packaging, thereby significantly reducing the risk of product damage during shipping and handling.
Compliance with Industry Standards: Many industries have specific packaging regulations. Inclined impact testing ensures that packaging meets these standards set by organizations like ASTM, ISTA, MIL-STD, and ISO.
Consistency in Testing: This method allows for repeatable and consistent testing conditions. It provides a standardized way to evaluate the impact resistance of packaging, ensuring reliability in test results.
Loss Minimization: By identifying and addressing packaging vulnerabilities before products are shipped, companies can minimize the losses associated with damaged goods, returns, and customer dissatisfaction.
Cost and Time Efficiency: Implementing these tests can lead to significant cost savings. By reducing the likelihood of product damage, companies save on repair and replacement costs, as well as the time and resources spent on addressing customer complaints.
Improved Product Quality Perception: High-quality packaging that effectively protects its contents can enhance the perceived value and quality of the product itself. This can lead to increased customer trust and brand loyalty.
Environmental Considerations: Understanding the limits of packaging allows for the use of adequate but not excessive material, contributing to sustainability efforts by reducing waste.
Customer Satisfaction: Ensuring products arrive in excellent condition directly impacts customer satisfaction and reduces the likelihood of returns, enhancing the overall customer experience.

Inclined Impact Testers are vital in not only ensuring the physical integrity of packaged products but also in optimizing packaging design, maintaining industry compliance, and ultimately enhancing customer satisfaction and brand reputation.

At Safe Load Testing Technologies, our objective is to provide businesses with the tools and knowledge necessary to improve their packaging and distribution processes, minimizing the risks associated with transportation, enhancing efficiency, and reducing long-term costs. We offer a wide range of testing equipment, including our state-of-the-art Inclined Impact Tester, which enhances the supply chain and contributes to the success and sustainability of our clients in the competitive world of logistics and distribution.

Lidia Maestre

Marketing manager

Lidia is a marketing professional with a unique approach and over 9 years of experience, with a notable dedication to the world of industrial communication and marketing.

Known for her specialization in the transport and packaging sector, her ability to innovate and adapt to these specific niches makes her an exceptionally valuable professional in her field

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