Just as the name implies, this test evaluates the ability of a package to handle and protect the product against collisions that occur in the distribution environment. Whether the package is dropped, knocked or simply banged around, the impact can cause product damage.
In other cases, the load versus deflection characteristics of a material or system, are important and this is determined by using a stress/strain test protocol.
Compression testing is conducted for a variety of different reasons, most of which involve determining the top load capability of materials or systems, primarily packages. The goal of the test is to determine the maximum safe load that the packages or other system components can withstand.
Compression testing is a key element in determining package and product design verification and quality control. Two procedures are common. One is a test to failure (ASTM D642) while the other determines if an anticipated load can be safely applied.
Westpak continually upgrades and expands its equipment line-up. Therefore this list is a minimum of our capabilities:
(4) – Compression testers with capacities to 6500 kg (15,000 lb)