An incline impact tester is a machine that simulates the horizontal shocks that may affect a load during shipping & handling. It is an essential tool for any company seeking to prevent potential problems during the distribution cycle and optimize its packaging to that end. An adequate impact testing machine offers solutions that allow you to save costs and guarantee that the load will arrive at its destination safely.

What is an impact testing machine?

An incline impact tester is a machine that simulates horizontal shocks that a load may experience during shipping & handling. These shocks can affect the stability and safety of the load. An incline impact test that is performed using this equipment can prevent these problems from affecting the goods being transported, thereby avoiding damages.

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.

Incline impact tester: characteristics and essential points

There are three different incline impact tester models. In order to choose the most suitable, you will have to consider the maximum load that is going to be tested during the test, the required size for the testing platform and the maximum impact speed that you want to measure.

  • Model SF HH500 can handle loads of up to 500 kg (1,100 lb.) and performs tests at a maximum impact speed of 1.5 meters per second on a 1000×1300 millimeter (39.37 x 51.18 in.) platform.
  • SF-HII800 handles loads of up to 800 kg (1,750 lb.), with maximum impact speeds of 2.5 meters per second on a 1400×1400 millimeter (55.12 x 55.12 in.) platform.
  • SF-HII1500 handles loads of up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb.), with a maximum speed of 2.5 meters per second on a 1500×1500 millimeter (59.06 x 59.06 in.) platform.

To perform the incline impact test, the load is placed on a cart that slides down a steel track. The cart is released at a certain distance and travels down the track toward the impact surface. This cart reaches the necessary speed due to gravity (since the inclination of the track is 10º) and finally strikes the impact surface.

The incline impact tester lets you perform impact tests as per international standards (ASTM D4169-16 and ISTA).

Why do you need an incline impact tester

Why you need an impact testing machine

Setting up an in-house packaging laboratory has many advantages for companies whose success depends on goods arriving at their destination in perfect conditions.

This is because there are several reasons that make an incline impact tester an essential tool:

  • It lets you perform tests to comply with the goods transportation regulations in effect.
  • Helps you save costs, since expenses resulting from shrinkage, the poor cargo safety and over-packaging can be avoided.
  • Allows for independence when performing tests, enabling the company to perform thorough and stringent incline impact tests at its convenience. This also saves in testing times.

Machines that supplement the inclined impact tester

An inclined impact tester can work alongside other machines, as part of a set called innAmazon, to perform tests that certify that packages are safe as per official standards.

More specifically, this machine combination can perform procedures described in ISTA 6-Amazon.com-SIOC and ISTA 6-Amazon.com-Over-Boxing, which are required by Amazon to obtain the Frustration-Free Packaging program certification.

This Safe Load set combines four machines that work alongside the inclined impact tester:

  • The Clamp tester, which measures the protective capabilities of packages exposed to horizontal pressures and vertical motions during their automatic storage.
  • The drop tester, which simulates flat, edge and corner drops as well as rotational impacts of up to 1,000 kg (2,205 lb.) which may affect packages and products during distribution.
  • A compressometer, which tests the resistance of the package to compression and to the Creep test.
  • A vertical vibration machine, which simulates the vertical vibrations endured by the load during transportation by road, rail, air or sea.

Safe Load’s inclined impact tester: what sets it apart?

At Safe Load we are experts in manufacturing machines that foster solutions in packaging research. Our track record of 20 years in the industry guarantees our products, and has allowed us to design an impact testing machine that is unique on the market for several reasons:

  • We developed the inclined impact tester in a way that makes it easy to use. For example, we included a touchscreen to control the machine and select automated operation modes.
  • We sought a modern and innovative design that requires only an occasional, simple maintenance.
  • We wanted to make it easy to load the goods during testing, so we developed a cart joint mechanism that makes this process simpler.
  • Our machines, including –of course–the incline impact tester, are designed to comply with industry standards and regulations in effect, including ISTA, ASTM, ISO, EUMOS, EN, and other procedures.

Our latest success story focuses on Grifal, who added the incline impact tester to their packaging laboratory.

This company, a leader in packaging solutions, completed its ISTA-certified laboratory with an impact testing machine, in order to be able to perform incline impact tests and continue guaranteeing the safety of loads during the distribution cycle.

Are you in doubt whether an incline impact tester should also be a part of your packaging laboratory?

At Safe Load TT we have the necessary experience to advise you on the equipment and materials that offer the best solutions to your business.

Get in touch with us and let’s work together to save and guarantee your customers’ satisfaction.