The Packaging Test Lab has the equipment and experts to provide a variety of standard and customized tests used to evaluate your packaging. We look at packaging challenges with the total supply chain in mind. Every touchpoint is considered and your end-of-project recommendations are always backed by proven data.
Performance Conscious Cost Reduction
Packaging Process Optimization
Total Cost of Ownership Analysis
Ability to create and test our packaging recommendations, before we provide them to you.
Our engineers always consider any alternate material options to reduce costs without reducing performance.
20+ Packaging Tests
Our lab can provide a wide range of tests, allowing us to provide recommendations for any packaging project.
Drop Impact tests measure the capability of a container to withstand the sudden shock resulting from free fall.
An Incline Impact simulates rail car handling, sudden breaking, and pallet marshalling.
A Compression test simulates the stacking of unitized loads during storage and shipment to make sure the packaging is able to withstand various compression forces.
A common distribution test will simulate forklift handling with rotational flat, edge, and corner drops as well as the ISTA forklift handling road course.
Environmental testing determines if the package and product can withstand temperature changes, humidity, and other known environmental factors in the product's distribution environment.
Water Vapor Transmission
Used to determine the water vapor transmission rate of permeable and semipermeable materials such as paper, films, and fiberboards.
Load Containment Force
Load containment is a measurement of the force required to cause a shift in your pallet load.
Used to measure a material's resistance to being punctured.
Tension strength testing measures the force required for a material to break under tension.
Pallet Pattern & Packaging Analysis
Secondary packaging and your pallet pattern form a relationship that can have a big impact on your shipment process. Using specialized software, we analyze your package and pallet pattern stack to reduce any space you may be shipping. Completing a project could result in:
Increase the number of boxes per pallet and truckload
Improve productivity by decreasing time and errors in the loading process
Cut storage and transportation costs
Decrease overall packaging and materials costs
Reduce your carbon footprint
Packaging Test Lab FAQs
What standards are your tests performed to?
All standard tests performed in our lab are done so in accordance with ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) or ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) regulations.
I’m not sure if I need a full Lab Testing Project, but I’m interested in something smaller?
Check out the Pallet Pit Stop. You send us your finished pallet (product and secondary packaging) then we run a standard set of tests on it and provide you with any recommendations. Then we ship your pallet back to you. Simple.
I heard someone say that a very small amount of damage to the packaging is good, is that true?
This is a complex issue but yes, there is an amount of damage that is correct. Depending on the nature of the shipment, if you’re experiencing no damage you may be overpackaging at increased costs.
Why are you recommending a more expensive stretch wrap film, won’t that increase my cost per roll?
While your cost per roll may be more expensive, your cost per load won’t be. Premium stretch wrap films perform better and you’ll actually be using less material overall leading to cost reduction.
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Our packaging engineers are passionate about collaborating with our customers to create innovative solutions that solve your toughest packaging challenges.
We put your packaging through rigorous transportation simulations to make sure it holds up.