ASTM D6537 Shock Integrity Laboratory Package Testing

ASTM D6537 Shock Testing of Package Performance

ASTM D6537 package testing measures the performance of cushioning in packages. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of shock package testing. Meeting the ASTM instrumented package shock testing requirements can be difficult. We understand the challenges and guide companies through the process.

Keystone provides the peace of mind that all of your needs will be met. We take a consultative approach throughout the entire test program. Our accurate test reports are delivered quickly. Lastly, when packages do not meet the requirements, we assist with finding solutions.

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Summary of Shock Package Performance Information

ASTM D6537 package testing establishes methods for obtaining measured shock data for use with shock and impact test methods. It is not intended as a substitute for performance testing of shipping containers and systems such as ASTM D4169.

When testing, an ASTM D6537 package testing lab addresses acceleration measuring techniques. Other ways of measuring shock impacts, such as high-speed video, are not covered by this practice.

Scope of ASTM D5637 Shock Testing

The ASTM D6537 test is intended to provide the user with a process to obtain data on package performance when a packaged product is subjected to shock. These measures can be used to quantify or qualify a package system.

Sampling procedures and the number of test specimens depend on the specific purposes and needs of the testing. Lastly, these measures may be used to prescribe a mode of shipping and handling that will not induce damage to the packaged product. 

Data from this practice may provide a measure of a package’s ability to mitigate the various levels of shipping shock or impact hazards. They may also define the required levels of protection that must be provided by its packaging.

Significance of ASTM D6537 Acceleration Testing

A mock-up simulating the actual product with respect to dimensions, the center of gravity, a moment of inertia, and other product characteristics may be used. Minor modifications are made to the product to accommodate accelerometers, cabling, or to observe the product during the test. Lastly, care must be taken to ensure that no degradation has occurred to the package if the test packages have been shipped to the test site. If so, repackage the product before testing.

The procedure consists of mounting the accelerometer at a specific location on the product. This location must represent the product as a single mass. Next, the package is assembled in accordance with the specific option chosen. Lastly, the shock tests are performed and the data is saved. Repeat as needed.

General information stated in the report includes the date, time, location, and specific test engineer. On the other hand, specific data may consist of the purpose of the test and the applicable performance specifications. More information includes conditioning parameters, the shock or impact test apparatus used, description of the package, and the height drop or record of test input.

Expert D6537 Shock Package Testing

Keystone has a full lab of test equipment which permits us to provide short lead times on scheduling. We can accommodate flexible and rigid packages of all sizes, including large pallets. In addition to instrumented shock testing, Keystone has a full scope of expertise including forklift handling, compression, and cold chain.

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