ASTM D4168 Shock of Foam-In-Place Package Testing

ASTM D4168 shock testing uses drop testing to determine the effectiveness of cushioning material. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of methods for transmitted shock testing. Meeting the ASTM transmitted shock requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

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Summary of ASTM D4168 Shock Testing

ASTM D4168 package testing consists of using the cushioning material to be tested to support a weighted test block inside a package. Either Test Method A or B may be used. However, the two methods will not necessarily give the same result.

The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. These values are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

Data obtained by these methods may be used to determine the transmitted shock characteristics of foam-in-place packaging materials. This data allows designs of cushioning systems that can provide adequate and efficient use of foam for protection of goods during a distribution life-cycle.

Scope of ASTM D4168 Pre-Molded Cushion Shock Testing

These standard test methods are designed to evaluate foam-in-place cushioning materials in a manner in which the foam-in-place packaging material is used. In particular, the method includes simultaneous use of a plastic film, the foam, and the box usually used in this method of packaging. Test method A uses a free-fall package drop height test apparatus while test method B uses a shock-test apparatus.

The procedure starts by assembling the test block with the weight adjusted to achieve the desired static load. A total of five drops at the chosen test conditions must be repeated with the box positioned so that the weight rests on the test cushion throughout the entire test. The maximum number of tests performed with a single sample is five. 

Significance of ASTM D4168  Cushion Testing

Some cushioning materials will have higher or lower variability. The procedure has no bias because the test values are defined in terms of the test method. Materials which are severely deformed by load and drop high will have more variability in the test results as well.

This report includes information such as the test procedure, details of the machines, position of the package and more. The number of packages tested and the number of failures recorded will also be included within this report.

Specifically, information in the report may contain data such as a description of the cushioning material tested. Other data includes the conditioning parameter, drop height in inches, and a detailed description of any deviations from the procedure.

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