Archive for June, 2017

  • June 28, 2017

    How Mid-Atlantic Packaging Tests Your Packaging In Our ISTA and ASTM Certified Testing Lab

    Mid-Atlantic Packaging offers a full-service International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) certified lab to our clients. The on-site facility allows us to test customer material to determine if the product will meet acceptable distribution standards.

    But, you may be wondering how these tests are used to better serve our customers? We test packaging using sophisticated tools and machinery to replicate real-world conditions.

    We survey the customer to determine how the product is currently being shipped (single parcel, pallet, etc.) and choose the appropriate test standard for that packaging. We then run the provided samples through our certified testing lab.

    Mid-Atlantic Packaging Testing Lab Equipment

    Drop Testing

    The first step in the testing process is the manual handling simulation. We use either the precision drop tester or our incline impact machine. This simulates what a package may encounter in either a single parcel or pallet shipping environment in terms of potential drop damage.

    Compression

    Next, we run the appropriate compression sequence under the chosen test guidelines. The package is placed on our 15,000-lb. compression machine and the appropriate amount of force is placed on the package to simulate pressure (i.e., weight of other packages or pallets being placed onto the package).

    We also use our compression machine to test customers’ existing packaging to determine if we can reduce the amount of board/paper grades being currently utilized. If we are able to reduce the board in a package, this offers our customers a cost savings on their packaging and reduces the amount of trees being harvested for paper!

    VibrationMid-Atlantic Packaging Lab Testing Equipment 2

    Then we run a vibration test on the package/pallet to simulate the transit of the package shaking on truck, train or plane. Our vibration table can simulate both random vehicle and sine profiles.

    After the vibration test, we again run the manual handling sequence, following how the package travels along the distribution chain. Once this is completed, we inspect the product for damage and make a recommendation on any changes needed to better protect the product in distribution.

    Internal quality is also important. We have an ECT tester (edge crush test). “We use this machine to verify the quality of corrugated board we manufacture and ensure it meets the ECT standard in the industry.” Says Alan Devitt, our Test Lab Supervisor. This is just another way MAP ensures customer satisfaction with every package we make.

    Our distribution testing services allow our customers to understand the full needs of the package we provide them. It also allows MAP to determine if changes need to be made to the package to better protect it, ensuring our customers undamaged and safe delivery of their product.