Using Damage Boundary Testing to Improve Products, Lower Costs, and Reach Sustainability Goals

Using Damage Boundary Testing to Improve Products, Lower Costs, and Reach Sustainability Goals

Damage Boundary Testing is helpful for manufacturers who must improve their products, save costs, and achieve sustainability goals. When done correctly, the information obtained from the testing can help one gain an edge over competitors by enhancing product reliability and lifespan, cutting costs, and meeting sustainability targets. After all, a primary goal is to use a minimum amount of packaging to deliver a damage-free, high-quality product at the lowest cost to the customer that works as intended.

Benefits of Employing the Damage Boundary Test Method
Testing per ASTM D3332, “Standard Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machines,” can show the trade-off between a product’s overall ruggedness and packaging, offering solutions to improve both. The protocol can help manufacturers design packaging to reduce logistical costs and meet sustainability objectives.

However, ASTM D3332 testing and interpretation of its results must be thoroughly understood to successfully apply it to product and package innovation. Collaborating with WESTPAK’s team of experts ensures the best outcomes tailored to your package system and product ruggedization needs.

Damage Boundary Testing as a Tool for Sustainability
The engineering of an optimal package system begins with specifying the product’s fragility level. Quantifying fragility is crucial and one of the first steps in engineering a package system that is neither too much (over-packaged) nor too little (under-packaged).

Waste reduction and an optimized supply chain are achievable when excess packaging is reduced or eliminated. Beyond reducing waste, less packaging contributes to long-term business viability, building consumer trust, bolstering the company’s reputation, and aligning with eco-conscious initiatives.

Are you curious about Damage Boundary Testing and how it can benefit your products and packaging? Contact WESTPAK and discover how we can assist. Our experts have been conducting ASTM D3332 testing for over 35 years.

WESTPAK is a third-party, independent test laboratory specializing in product and package testing solutions. Our testing is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA); our test laboratories are certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). Learn more about our range of service offerings.