Package testing is essential in order to minimize damages during the distribution cycle, guaranteeing that the product that is delivered to the end consumer is in perfect condition. Among the various tests in existence, vibration and shock technologies allow for the performance of one of the most important tests. 

 

Today’s vibration and shock technologies

During the last few years, transport simulation has gained a never-before seen precision and effectiveness. A globalized world, with goods being transported all throughout the planet, requires technologies that are capable of forecasting damages resulting from shock and vibration, among other threats. 

Transportation vibration testing equipment  has managed to faithfully reproduce the real effects of vibrations on goods. Specifically, the patented Pitch & Roll solution implied a great step forward, which adapts to any existing vertical vibration table and enables a multi-axis vibration, adding the pitch and roll motions. 

On the other hand, impact testing machines currently allow us to know the consequences of any shocks received by the goods during the distribution cycle, through the use of intuitive technologies.

This all means that the optimization of packages, the protection of goods and savings in unnecessary costs are increasingly simple thanks to shock and vibration testing.

 

What tests are there to verify the protection offered by packages?

Most international shipping standards include some form of shock and vibration testing. One example is the ASTM D4728-17 standard, which establishes random vibration tests for containers and ASTM D5276, which evaluates the ability of a container and its internal packaging to protect its contents during a sudden shock resulting for a free fall drop. This testing method can also be used to compare the performance of different container designs.

 

Drop testers

In regard to this item, at Safe Load TT we have the family of innDrop solutions, designed to comply with ISTA, ASTM and ISO standards, which simulate the rotational drops and impacts that may take place during the transportation of packages. A perfect solution for flat, edge and corner drop simulations that comes in two different models;

    • SF-DP600 and SF-DP1200: allows for the testing of packages of up to 600 kg and 1,200 kg (1,300 lb. and 2,600 lb.). Uses a drop cart made of steel that rises and lets de load fall on a steel beam-guide. This load falls freely and the cart, which is equipped with hydraulic dampers, prevents any damages.
    • SF-DP50,  SF-DP100 and SF-DP200: in this case, tested packages can weigh from 50 kg to 200 kg (100 lb. to 440 lb.). The load is placed on supports that rise and retract, allowing the package to fall. This model, which is smaller than the previous one, also allows for the placement of obstacles on which the load may impact.

 

Only through the use of testing technologies is it possible to characterize the package as per the real hazards of the distribution cycle. 

Thanks to advances in vibration and shock technologies, the simulation of these types of movements grants access to valuable information that can be applied when designing and verifying the packaging. 

At Safe Load we work alongside our clients to design transport testing and simulation systems that more closely reflect real conditions. In two decades, we have already helped many companies optimize their packaging through simulation equipment and our personalized training. 

 

Get in touch with us and we will tell you how we can help you find the vibration and shock technologies you need.

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