ASTM D6653 High Altitude Package Integrity Testing

ASTM D6653 High Altitude on Packaging Systems

ASTM D6653 altitude testing determines how pressure changes can impact packages, packaging systems, and components. As an ISTA and ISO 17025 certified lab, we realize the importance of high-altitude package testing. Meeting the ASTM D6653 vacuum method 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 are in constant communication throughout the test process. When packages do not meet the requirements, we assist with finding solutions. Lastly, our proven process helps avoid product launch delays.

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Summary of ASTM D6653 Vacuum Method Information

ASTM F6653 integrity testing determines the effects of pressure differences when packaged products are transported via certain modes of transport. Vacuum testing applies to feeder aircraft or ground over high mountain passes. In particular, the results of these tests are intended to be used for qualitative purposes.

The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. These values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents. Therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

Scope of ASTM D6653 Altitude Package Integrity Testing

The test specimen consists of an assembled packaging system, representative of a production run package, or components of an assembled packaging system. This must include primary or secondary packaging.

Packaged products transported via the feeder aircraft network are liable to experience altitudes as high as 19,000 feet. When exposed to these high-altitude conditions, the package may be affected negatively by the resultant pressure differential.

ASTM D6653 package testing is useful for evaluating the effect of high altitude on packaging systems. This type of high-altitude packaging systems testing is suitable for package or product, or both, development and engineering.

It is recommended to test a new test specimen with the same packaged-product performance test without the altitude condition for comparative purposes. This will help determine if the pressure differential had an effect on the performance of the packaging system.

Significance of ASTM High Altitude Package Testing

The procedure includes placing a test specimen in the vacuum chamber. Next, appropriate pressure is achieved. Vacuum pressure may be modified based on the knowledge of the shipping environment, product value, damage level acceptances, or other criteria available. Although, ASTM D6653 recommends that the vacuum be maintained for 60 minutes.

General information about the package integrity report includes the date, time, location, and test engineer. More specific information such as the temperature conditions and duration of the test will also be added to the report.

It is important to also note that Keystone will provide a description of the deviations from these methods and the description of the product, internal packaging, shipping container, and closure system.

Expert ASTM High Altitude 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. Lastly, our team strives to give our customers more time and energy on product development instead of testing.

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