ASTM Package Testing
Package testing is the process that simulates the real world of the supply chain by emulating various activities in a lab environment. The goals of package testing are to reduce damage and warranty claims, achieve certification standards of some vendors and reduce shipping costs through lighter and smaller packaging. Keystone is accredited to ISO-17025, including many ASTM standards.
ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials develops standards for a wide range of products and packaging. The organization continues to review and update their standards. Keystone package engineers stay up to date on the most current standards so that they can provide customers with the best service, they use their knowledge and experience to test accurately and efficiently.
The bulk of package testing involves simulating real-world conditions that a package might experience during its journey through the supply chain. Depending on the product and industry, the touch points can often reach double digits and also involve some extreme conditions. Packages must successfully navigate conditions such as extreme temperatures, temperature variations, compression, vibration, impact, shock, drop, reduced pressure and altitude. The packaging must not only standup to these events, it must do so while maintaining the integrity and performance of the product it houses.
For many ASTM standards, the guidelines are just procedure for testing. The testing laboratory and client are responsible for determining pass and fail standards. The standards are specific to the client’s distribution channel and stresses that the product would likely encounter. Some standards, such as ASTM D4169 already have pass/fail guidelines in place. Keystone engineers are qualified and experienced to help you develop the appropriate testing guidelines that will best fit your needs.
What makes Keystone Compliance different in the package testing world? We have extensive experience and understand the requirements. We do not over-test. We have redundant equipment and dedicated report writers, which expedite the testing and report turnaround time. We communicate throughout the entire test program. Our pricing is competitive and we offer volume discounts. Our lab is also certified to test to ISTA and Amazon standards.
Our scope of capabilities includes but is not limited to the following standards:
- ASTM B-117 Salt Spray / Salt Fog
- ASTM D3580 Product Vibration
- ASTM D4169 Performance Testing
- ASTM D4728 Vibration
- ASTM D 951 Water Protection
- ASTM D 999-68 Vibration
- ASTM D 999-08 Vibration
- ASTM D6344 Concentrated Impact
- ASTM D6653 Altitude
- ASTM F150 Electrical Resistance
- ASTM D4332 Conditioning Packages
- ASTM D6653/D6653M Effects of High Altitude
- ASTM F2825 Climatic Stressing
- ASTM D3103 Thermal Insulation Performance
- ASTM D5112 Horizontal Linear Vibration
- ASTM D5416 Abrasion Resistance
- ASTM D5487 Simulated Drop
- ASTM D6537 Shock Testing
- ASTM D4168 Transmitted Shock
Keystone Compliance can meet your package test needs. By providing quick turnarounds, competitive pricing and engineering assistance, Keystone Compliance has become a leader in the shipping test industry. Request a quote to see why so many companies partner with Keystone to meet their package testing needs. To learn more about our package testing services, please visit www.keystonepackage.com