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.

Scuff & Abrasion Testing


The durability of printed, painted, or polished services to resist abrasion can be simulated by a scuff test procedure. These procedures can simulate the effects of contact by humans, items, or materials by the use of single or dual-surface abrasion methods and related equipment.

Legibility of labels is very important on pharmaceutical and medical devices. Testing is often tested by means of a Southerland Rub test or similar. Also, the durability of printed information on keypads, for example, can also be determined by a similar means. Label legibility is very important on pharmaceutical and medical devices and is often tested by means of a Southerland Rub test or similar. The durability of printed information on keypads, for example, can also be determined by a similar means.

Scuff testing can take a variety of forms. Fortunately, it is a relatively simple and inexpensive procedure to conduct. For abrasive products, the effect of the abrasive material on intended products or package system components is often the objective. 

Abrasion Testing

When it comes to product lifecycle, abrasion always has undesirable effects on the product or package whether it occurs during the distribution or the in-use environment. Scuffing, scratching, wear, marring, and rubbing are common terms to describe the damage. Westpak offers a variety of methods for testing products and materials for abrasion resistance.


Sutherland Rub Test
These tests are the industry standards for evaluating scuff or rub resistance of printed or coated surfaces, paper, paperboard, films, and printed materials.

Abrasion Test
Westpak has abrasion testers that can be used for testing most types of products or materials. The rotary abrasion tester can be used to test virtually any flat specimen. Plus, we’ve developed a fully adjustable tester in parameters of cycle speed, stroke length, and load pressure that’s capable of accommodating virtually any product.

Manual Wiping
If you need a human provide the rub test input instead of a machine or fixture, Westpak has access to experienced human rub testers to perform the task. An example would be repetitive wipe downs using swabs dipped in alcohol or liquid soap on the front display of a hand-held electronic device.

Typical Procedures/Protocols
ASTM D4060
ASTM D5264
ASTM F1978

Westpak Capabilities

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

(2) Sutherland Rub Testers
(1) Taber Abraser
Custom-built devices