Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
ASTM D-4169 testing provides a uniform basis of evaluating, in a laboratory, the ability of shipping units to withstand the distribution environment. The ASTM D-4169 test sequence plan subjects the package to anticipated hazard elements in various distribution cycles, including the ASTM D-4169 drop test. The ASTM D-4169 test program is not intended to replace material specifications or existing pre-shipment test procedures.
An ASTM D-4169 test lab provides a guide for the evaluation of shipping units in accordance with a uniform system, using established test methods at levels representative of those occurring in actual distribution. The recommended test levels are based on available information on the shipping and handling environment, and current industry/government practice and experience.
The ASTM D-4169 protocol tests packages sequentially in the same containers listed in the order given. For use as a performance test, this practice requires that the shipping unit tested remain unopened until the sequence of tests are completed. If used for other purposes, such as package development, it may be useful to open and inspect shipping units at various times throughout the sequence. This may, however, prohibit evaluating the influence of the container closure on container performance and package validation.
Keystone is accredited to complete testing to all revisions of the ASTM D4169 test standard. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- ASTM D4169 01
- ASTM D4169 05
- ASTM D4169 09
- ASTM D4169 14
- ASTM D4169 16
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