During the distribution cycle, goods are exposed to different hazards that endanger their integrity and safety. Testing technologies enter the scene to foresee these threats.

By using data obtained from a packaging transport simulation it is therefore possible to design an optimized packaging tailored to real transportation conditions.

What are testing technologies in the packaging industry?

Testing technologies in the packaging industry consist of a series of tools that allow for the simulation of the way in which packaging performs during the shipping and handling of goods.

Using these testing tools, it is possible to predict hazards that a load will face during the distribution cycle, and perform tests to verify the protective capabilities of the packaging.

In this way, testing methods are implemented to obtain data that allows for the optimization of packaging as per the real hazards that are present in the route to be followed.

What transport simulation testing tools are there for tertiary packaging?

There is a wide variety of testing technologies available to study a package’s performance when facing different transport-related hazards.

Vibration machines

Vibration machines simulate vibrations experienced during the transportation of goods, testing a package’s ability to protect them.

Traditionally, these testing tools used to include the vertical vibration table, which reproduces the vibrations that are particular to each means of transportation (road, air, rail or sea).

However, there is now a need to combine this transport simulation with pitch and roll motions.

Thus, the Pitch&Roll module patented by Safe Load Testing Technologies can be adapted to any vertical vibration table to offer simulations that are closer to real conditions.

Shock and impact tools for transportation

Impact testing tools consist of a transport simulation to prevent damages caused by shock.

These testing methods differentiate the inclined impact from the horizontal impact and the machines are available in various models based on the weight or size of the load.

Transportation recording systems

Recording systems for transport simulation can register the real hazards that exist during the distribution cycle (shocks, vibrations, accelerations, etc.).

When fixed to the chosen transportation method for the rout that the cargo will follow, this solution allows for the recording of real data related to these hazards, and after its analysis, to apply it to testing technologies.

In this way, the transport simulation is based on the real conditions that exist in the selected route.

Other transportation testing technologies

Stability failures, vertical or horizontal compressions and falls imply other threats to the integrity of the goods during transportation.

As a result, there are several packaging transport simulation machines that allow for the study of these hazards and the optimization of the packaging based on the tests.

The advantages of packaging transport simulation

Testing technologies are essential tools to ensure a successful transportation of goods. Some advantages include:

  • Complying with international transportation regulations and standards, such as those of the European Union, ISTA or ASTM. (Read more about it in our guide “What shipping test standards are there, and what are they used for?”.)
  • Avoid economic losses associated with damaged goods during the distribution cycle.
  • Optimize the packaging in a way that not only guarantees the safety of the goods, but is also the right one for them and the chosen route, eliminating unnecessary costs.

How to generate the best testing methods for your packaging

How to generate the best testing methods for your packaging

The use of testing technologies needs to be guided not only by the most cutting-edge and intuitive tools, but also by industry experts that are capable of always going one step further.

At Safe Load Testing Technologies we offer our packaging engineering and transport simulation consultancy services, backed by our track record of more than two decades in the sector.

Our process to optimize the distribution chain and the tertiary packaging involves three phases:

  1. The consultancy phase. We analyze the market and the needs of our clients, and design and develop the necessary equipment for the testing services that are required.
  2. Turnkey testing tool delivery. We build the equipment based on a previous study; we perform the necessary tests for its adequate functioning and install it wherever our client needs it.

In addition, we offer the necessary training on the use of the chosen testing technologies.

  1. After the sale, we come to a personalized agreement with each client in relation to any required post-sales services.

We also make sure to stock replacement parts for each machine that we sell, and offer maintenance services to address any contingency anywhere in the world with our team.

We have already assisted a number of companies in optimizing their distribution cycle and tertiary packaging through the use of testing tools.

See how we helped Grifal with their packaging laboratory, BFSV to comply with the new ISTA-AMAZON standards and the tailor-made transport simulation center that we created for DuoPlast.

Do you want to know more about how we can help you optimize your tertiary packaging?

Get in touch with us and let’s discuss how we can design the testing technologies that you need.