MECHANICAL SUPPLY CHAIN SIMULATIONS ARE A CONTROLLED WAY OF APPLYING THE INFLUENCES TO WHICH PRODUCTS AND PACKAGES ARE EXPOSED DURING TRANSPORT.

The test result is analysed so that suitable improvements can be made to the packaging or product. The tests adhere to globally accepted test standards such as ISTA, ISO and ASTM. If needed, we also perform tests on the basis of company-specific standards.

Various influences must be considered when testing pallet loads. Pulling up and braking the lorries, loading and unloading them with a forklift, moving the train, turbulence during the flight. Moisture and very high or low temperatures also weaken the pallet load.

IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE RIGHT PACKAGING FOR YOUR PRODUCT, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO KNOW WHICH INFLUENCES YOUR PRODUCT CAN WITHSTAND.

In our Proof of Concept Centre, we can investigate the sensitivity of products when they are exposed to shocks and vibrations and to various climatic circumstances.

Please contact our PROOF & CONCEPT CENTRE Team:

Design & Innovation Centre Manager:

Simon Weiss
+49 (0) 8247 / 962 21 86

COMPRESSION

During storage, packages stacked on a pallet are static for a longer period of time. In this period, the products and packages will slowly succumb to the effects of gravity.

This may affect the packaging and can even cause loads to fall over. This form of compression is also referred to as static compression. This test reveals the strength of the total pallet load in a static situation.

HORIZONTAL SHOCK TEST

An emergency break or other horizontal movements of the pallet load will affect the stability of the load. A horizontal shock test is performed to ensure that the load remains on the pallet during transport.

The impact speed is recorded in accordance with the test standard, and all four sides of the pallet are tested. This determines whether the pallet load is sufficiently stable on the pallet.

VIBRATIONS

Dynamic compression occurs when the pallet load is in motion, e.g. during transport on a lorry.

Compression strength must be larger in this situation, because the boxes also exert pressure on each other during transport.

DROP TEST

During transport, pallet loads undergo small drops–during the loading and unloading of containers onto and from a ship, for instance, or when handled by a forklift truck.

In order to understand the impact of this handling on the pallet load or the customers’ product, we conduct a drop test. The drop test can be conducted flat or as a corner fall.

Pallet Performance Test

The use of pallets in a distribution environment is often considered to be normal. However, pallets must also meet certain requirements. Pallets are strained in a different way in different environments.

For example, placement in a rack, stacking the pallet, lifting with a forklift and the pressure that the product will apply. The pallet performance test is used to determine the strength characteristics of pallets.

RESONANCE TEST

Low frequencies (< 50 Hz) often occur in transport. If your product reacts to these frequencies, this will need to be considered during the design process of the packaging, especially for electronic products.

A resonance test can help determine which frequencies affect parts of the product and ultimately break them with vibrations.

Shocks

Through a vertical shock test, we can determine which G value is critical to your product. The shock-absorbing material inside the packaging should be designed in accordance with this value.

CLIMATE

Is a product sensitive to high or low temperatures? Can high or low moisture levels cause damage?

By conducting a climate test, we can determine at which temperature or humidity degree your product will no longer function properly.

PACKAGING SOLUTIONS

Working closely together with our customers, we will find the optimum packaging solution for every individual requirement.

Please contact our PROOF & CONCEPT CENTRE Team:

Design & Innovation Centre Manager:

Simon Weiss
+49 (0) 8247 / 962 21 86

Working together towards total supply chain control!

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