Westpak is certified to conduct product/package integrity testing to help guarantee successful delivery of products worldwide by any means of transportation.

Westpak is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025-2005, one of the most rigorous standards available for a mechanical testing laboratory.

Westpak is certified to the requirements of ISO 9001-2008 for quality management, and to ISO 14001-2004 for environmental management and sustainability efforts.

Material Analysis - Cobb Test

The ability of a hygroscopic material to resist the penetration of water is referred to as a Cobb test. Specifically, this test permits the determination of the quantity of water that can be absorbed by the surface of paper or board in a given time. Water absorption is a function of various paper and board characteristics such as sizing, porosity, etc.

This test is required for certain certifications such as those involving hazardous material packaging. Is a useful procedure for a variety of different hygroscopic surfaces that are designed to resist water absorption.

This test is not intended to be used for precise evaluation of the writing properties of paper although it does give a general indication of suitability for use with aqueous inks.

Typical Procedures/Protocols

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Westpak continually upgrades and expands its equipment line-up. Therefore this list is a minimum of our capabilities:

(3) Cobb test fixtures and facilities