ASTM D5487 Testing by Drop of Loaded Containers

ASTM D5487 drop testing uses shock machines to simulate the drops of packages and containers. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of shock testing of a simulated drop of loaded containers. Meeting the ASTM D5487 package testing requirements can be difficult. We understand compliance testing challenges and guide companies through the process. 

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Summary of ASTM D5487 Shock Machine Testing

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

Shipping containers and the interior packaging materials are used to protect their contents from the hazards faced in handling, transportation, and storage. Shock is one of the more troublesome of these hazards. Free-fall drop testing often stresses the test specimen. The product is subject to drops which are not perpendicular to the dropping surface.

Scope of ASTM D5487 Drop of Loaded Containers Testing

An ASTM D5487 test lab initiates controlled shock input by shock machines. This provides a convenient method for evaluating the ability of shipping containers, interior packaging materials, and contents to withstand shocks. Results are produced by simulated free-fall drop testing of package systems. The frequency of the shock pulse is at least three times that of the package system’s natural frequency.

As in most mechanical shock test procedures, fixturing of the package on the shock test machine may have significant influence on the test result. Generally, packages are firmly held on the table by securing some type of cross member across the top of the package.

The testing and number of test specimens depend on the specific purposes and needs of the test. Regardless of which procedure is used, the containers are strapped and/or closed in the same manner that will be used in preparing it for shipment.

Significance of ASTM D 5487 Shock Machine Testing

Standard test method A uses movement of the specimen that is controlled so a second impact is prevented. The test is continued until the required members have been impacted. Method B restrains the movement of the loaded container so that the shock pulse is directly transmitted to the test specimen. Similarly to Method A, the specimen is examined and the test continues until the required members have been impacted.

The information from the report include materials used, spacing, size and kind of fasteners. Velocity change, free-fall drop height, input shock duration and the response of the natural frequency must also be recorded.

The description of the contents of the shipping container under test is also included. General information within the report will include the date, location, time and specific technician. Lastly, the report must be noted with a complete description of any fixturing used for positioning corner and edge drops.

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