Packaging testing equipments have evolved to the point of offering options with increasingly precise results nowadays.
Having the right lab equipment in your company is therefore indispensable to attain the best packaging optimization.
Get to know the most outstanding and innovative lab testing equipment options and stay ahead of the competition.
The main families of packaging testing equipments
Vibrating machines and accessories
These machines simulate the vibrations that loads will be subjected to during transportation, making it possible to foresee them and design a packaging accordingly.
In addition to the usual vertical vibration tables there is now a Pitch & Roll module.
This module patented by Safe Load Testing Technologies can simulate the pitch and roll motions that, when combined with vibrations, endanger goods during transportation.
The Pitch & Roll module is therefore an advanced testing equipment that is installed on vibrating equipment from any manufacturer to offer more accurate simulations that more closely resemble real transportation conditions.
Impact testing machines
This packaging testing equipments are used to simulate and foresee damages to goods caused by impacts during the distribution cycle.
- On one hand, the incline impact tester simulates shocks that can threaten the load’s stability. There are 4 different models that vary depending on the speed of the impact or the total weight of the load to be tested.
- On the other, the horizontal impact tester simulates horizontal impacts. It is available in two models that that come with different actuators (hydraulic and electric) and support loads of up to 2000kg.
Both models are designed to comply with the ISTA and ASTM international standards that require these simulations.
Stability testing machines
The acceleration and braking that typically takes place during road transportation can compromise the safety of the cargo.
The horizontal stability tester allows for the simulation of these motions so as to optimize the packaging based on the results.
The machine is designed to comply with the EUMOS standard and with the requirements of the US FMCSA Cargo Securement rules. This solution also offers the ability to perform custom tests in a way that also simulates, for example, the motions that take place when entering a roundabout.
Pressure and compression testing equipment
Certain goods may be affected by pressure and compression forces.
This has led to the development of compression testing equipment such as Safe Load TT’s Compression Tester, which tests the package’s resistance to compression motions and the Creep test.
The machine has been designed to perform tests on shipping containers, pallets and load units as per the ASTM and ISTA international standards.
Drop testers simulate both the vertical and rotational drops and impacts that affect products during their shipping & handling.
This lab testing equipment can be used to foresee the damages that flat, edge and corner drops can cause to the goods.
Moreover, they comply with the ISTA, ASTM and ISO international standards, which include this simulation.
Safe Load’s machines are designed to simulate drops from a height of 2 meters, and different models are available for different test load maximum weights.
Clamp testers can reproduce the horizontal compression forces that goods can suffer.
This packaging testing equipments are designed for those goods that are subject to automated storage during their distribution cycle.
Safe Load TT has designed two different clamp tester models to accommodate different load sizes and maximum weights, which comply with the ISTA AMAZON and ISTA SAMSCLUB standards.
How to know what packaging testing equipments you need
Choosing the most adequate lab testing equipments ase essential to optimize your packaging based on real transportation conditions.
To select your packaging lab equipment you can follow this advice:
1. Thoroughly study your products’ distribution cycle
The distribution cycle significantly conditions the hazards faced by the goods, and therefore the packaging testing equipments that you need.
When making a choice, keep some of these tips in mind:
- The type of transport and its associated hazards. Sea, air and road transportation each have different hazards, and you need to tailor your packaging lab equipment to them.
- Potential environmental factors. Extreme temperatures or moisture can affect the packaging and its protective abilities. To address this, you can perform transportation simulations inside environmental chambers.
- The storage conditions that goods will need to withstand. Will mechanical means be used for handling? Will the goods be stacked? These and other matters will point to the need to acquire different lab testing equipment.
2. Find the most innovative equipment
Packaging optimization is constantly evolving to find a precise and advanced testing equipment.
Such is the case of vertical vibration tables, for example, which can nowadays be converted into multi-axial solutions by adding Safe Load TT’s patented Pitch&Roll module, bringing these simulations closer to real transportation conditions.
Acquire the most cutting-edge machines and stay ahead of the competition.
3. Contact a company that can provide you with personalized solutions
In order to build the right laboratory, find machines that are tailored to your specific needs.
At Safe Load TT we have helped companies such as BSFV successfully update their packaging laboratories.
Our track record of two decades in the industry guarantee that we are experts: we know that optimizing your packaging using simulation equipment will allow you to protect your load and obtain significant savings.
Which is why we are dedicated to finding the right lab testing equipment for your company, the product being transported and the route that it will follow.
Get in touch with us and we will help you find the packaging testing equipments that best suit your needs.