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IMG_1984-2—CopyASTM D642 Compressive Resistance Package Testing

ASTM D642 package testing determines the ability of containers to resist external compressive loads. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of ASTM D642 compressive resistance testing. Meeting the ASTM D642 requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

Keystone’s proven process helps avoid product launch delays. We have a reputation for helping customers achieve their package certifications. When packages do not meet the requirements, we assist with finding solutions. Keystone creates an accurate and comprehensive test plan to eliminate expensive over-testing.

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Summary of ASTM D642 Determining Compressive Resistance Testing

ASTM D642 package compliance testing provides compression resistance. The testing itself covers shipping containers or components, or both. These compressive loads are applied to the container’s faces, diagonally opposite edges or corners. During ASTM D642 box compression testing, the test unit may be tested with or without the contents.

The results of ASTM D642 testing can be used to determine one of two objectives.

  1. How well does the shipping container meet the requirements of the ASTM standard?
  2. How well does one container perform when compared to the test results of another container?

Scope of ASTM D642 Shipping Container, Components, and Unit Load Testing

The ability to withstand compression is an important attribute of packages. During transportation, it is common for packages and containers to be vertically stacked. The weight of the stacked units can degrade the ability of a container to effectively protect its content.

ASTM D642 compression integrity compliance procedures are recommended to test five replicate units. This helps ensure the accuracy of the data to improve statistical reliability.

Depending on the contents, container, and shipping method, conditioning is used. The conditioning can occur before testing, during testing, or even both. Conditioning can include temperature, humidity, altitude, or a combination of two of the three or all three.

Significance of Standard Test Method ASTM D642

The ASTM D642 regulatory package compression resistance test includes the following specific information about the test report and its required contents:

A statement indicating that the tests were performed in accordance with this test method, except where noted.

Container Structural and Physical Specifications:

  • Inside dimensions should be specified for all corrugated and solid fiberboard containers.
  • Description of the contents (products) of the container and gross weight of the filled container, as tested.
  • Description and specification of materials, style of container, access holes, and double scores.
  • Description and specifications for interior packaging, if used.
  • Spacing, size, and type of fasteners, and method of closure.
  • Printing amount and location on the container. Record caliper of printed and plain surfaces.

Detailed Results for Each Test Specimen:

  • Pre- and post-test damage to the container and contents.
  • Any tests performed on the test specimen before compression testing.
  • A tabulation of individual maximum load and deformation results.
  • Graph or table showing the load-deformation relationship for each test.
  • Number of specimens tested.
  • Mean and standard deviation calculations of all specimens tested.

Identification of Test Apparatus and Instrumentation Used, Including Manufacturer’s Names and Model Numbers.

  • Type of test machine used, such as fixed or swiveled platen. Include details of any known modifications.
  • Orientation in which the specimen was tested, such as platen speed and pre-load applied to the test specimen, if any.
  • Date of the last calibration of apparatus and recording instrumentation.
  • Method, if any, of conditioning the container.
  • The moisture content of the wood, plywood, or fiberboard, if determined.
  • The results of any supplementary tests of the materials from which the container is made.

Expert ASTM D642 Compressive Resistance Testing

Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing. We can accommodate flexible and rigid packages of all sizes, from large pallets to small pouches.

Request a quote to see firsthand why so many companies partner with Keystone Compliance to meet their transit testing needs. Have a question about ASTM sustainability package testing? Contact us and we will determine the best course of action.