Inclined Impact Pallet Testing

Inclined Impact Pallet and Large Crate Package Testing

What is Inclined Impact Testing?

Inclined impact testing evaluates a shipping container, its interior packaging, or both, to protect the contents when subjected to impacts. Impact testing also assesses different designs of containers of the same size and carrying the same load.

As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, Keystone Package Testing realizes the importance of incline impact testing. Meeting the incline impact compliance requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

Our professional engineers take pride in providing the peace of mind that all of your needs will be met under one roof.

Request a quote and find out first hand about our competitive pricing, timely process, and outstanding reputation. Have a question about impact regulatory compliance testing? Contact us and we will determine the best course of action.

Why is Incline Impact Testing Important?

This regulatory compliance package test provides a laboratory simulation of impacts such as those found in the handling and distribution cycle. Impact testing also permits the observation of progressive failure of a package and damage to the contents.

By subjecting pallets to rigorous impact tests, manufacturers can identify potential weaknesses or flaws that could compromise the structural integrity of the pallets. Detecting and rectifying these issues before the pallets are deployed in real-world scenarios reduces the risk of pallet failure, preventing goods from being damaged or lost during transit. Moreover, by preventing pallet failure, the potential for accidents and injuries to personnel handling the pallets is significantly reduced.

By conducting thorough inclined impact integrity tests, manufacturers can identify and address weaknesses early on, extending the lifespan of pallets and reducing the need for constant replacement.

On the other hand, the benefits of testing packages withstand transportation hazards may include:

  • Balanced distribution costs
  • Confidence in product launch
  • Increased customer satisfaction and a growing market share
  • Product to market time reduction

Inclined Impact Package Testing Procedures

The inclined impact test procedures first start with the samples and conditioning. A specified number of samples are chosen to accurately represent a portion of the units manufactured. Conditioning is recommended to be tested for ASTM D4332: Conditioning of Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components.

There are two procedures used for this type of testing. Procedure A: Testing the ability of a container to withstand impacts, and procedure B: Testing the ability of a container, shipping unit, or interior packaging to provide protection to the contents.

Procedure A:

First, the container is placed on the carrier with the face or edge that is to receive the impact beyond the impacting end of the carriage. Depending on the purpose of the test, it is continued until failure. Failure is defined as when a predetermined type of damage has occurred. This includes exposure or spillage of contents or both.

Procedure B:

This test method is conducted similarly to Procedure A. However, it is conducted until a predetermined number of impacts at specific impact velocities have been applied. The unit is then opened and the contents are inspected.

Lastly, after the completion of the test, a report is written with the following testing information:

  • Description of the test specimen
  • Description of the contents
  • Identification of the purpose of the test
  • Method of conditioning
  • Test Sequence
  • Detailed test results

Keystone’s Incline Impact Capabilities and Equipment

Keystone’s test machines are capable of performing precise drops from different heights and angles. Our new package testing laboratory includes multiple compression testers. Additionally, we utilize dozens of climatic chambers with sizes ranging up to 1,300 cubic feet and shakers up to 12 kips. 

Furthermore, our test facility offers the peace of mind that all your package testing needs are met under one roof. We can test flexible and rigid packages of all sizes.

Expert Incline Impact Test Laboratory

In addition, to incline impact testing, Keystone has a full scope of expertise including drop, cold chain, and vibration integrity testing. Our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing. We can accommodate flexible and rigid packages of all sizes. 

Contact us to learn first hand why so many companies partner with Keystone to achieve their inclined impact regulatory certification needs. Ready to get started? Request a quote to learn why we are one of the fastest-growing package test labs in the country.


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