Package testing has emerged during the last few years as a much-needed tool for companies aiming to attain an optimized distribution cycle and sustainable, low-cost, safe packages. 

Knowing and applying the benefits of performing tests in package testing labs, or complying with the international ISTA testing protocols or ASTM standards is therefore a competitive advantage for businesses. 

 

Benefits of package testing

Package testing implies a series of tests that allow for simulating the conditions of the distribution cycle (transportation, storage, etc.) that a package must be able to withstand to guarantee the safety of the product within. 

In other words, package testing measures the protective ability of packages to guarantee their safety, while optimizing their design, making them more sustainable and economic. 

There are different testing methods for packaging materials or for primary, secondary or tertiary packaging, all of them performed in simulation machines. 

This means that having access to packaging testing labs to measure the safety of their packages offers a number of benefits to companies, which include: 

Avoiding unnecessary costs

Package testing studies the product to be transported, the materials and the selected route in order to optimize the package based on these conditions. As a result, it is possible to avoid the following situations:

  • Over-packaging; which is to say the use of a bulky or heavy packaging that incurs higher manufacturing and transportation costs.
  • Under-packaging, which means that the product will not be delivered in good condition to the end customer, generating losses.  

Improving the end customer’s experience

The package has a number of functions before the end customer, including the pleasant experience of opening or looking at it. However, this function is compromised if the product does not arrive in mint condition. It is therefore essential to perform a package testing cycle that puts the protective ability of the package to the test.

 

Packaging test standards

Many international organizations have developed packaging test standards that unify the testing criteria worldwide. These protocols include:

ISTA testing methods

ISTA (International Safe Transport Association) offers solutions for a safe transportation of goods. Active since 1948, it is the main generator of package testing protocols

ISTA package testing is divided into 7 series, where we can find the ISTA 6-AMAZON.COM-SIOC and 6-AMAZON.COM-Over Boxing protocols as part of Amazon’s Frustration Free program, of mandatory compliance for those who distribute and sell over this platform since 2019. 

ASTM standards

ASTM standards are the result of a consensus between producers, consumers, government and researchers from over 140 countries. Its goal is the application of quality standards in various industries, which involve package testing

Among the packaging test standards we can find the ASTM D4169 – 16 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems and ASTM D7386-16 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Packages for Single Parcel Delivery System.

ISO packaging test standards

Yet another international organization that develops quality standards for various industries, including tests to be performed by packaging testing labs. The most important ISO package testing standards include ISO 2244:2000 (2016) Packaging – Complete, filled transport packages and unit loads – Horizontal impact tests; and ISO Packaging Standards 11607: 2006 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, among others. 

Are you looking for package testing solutions? At Safe Load Testing Technologies we have a track record of two decades in the package testing and simulation industry, developing solutions for companies that need to optimize their distribution cycle. 

By means of a personalized study and through patented and constantly-updated simulation machines, we help companies generate a safer, more economic and more sustainable packaging. Get in touch with us and let’s discuss how we can help you.

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