Ensuring the quality and integrity of your product
Product packaging and packaging systems can pose challenging problems for manufacturers. Cartons, cans, bottles, pouches, vials, bags and other forms of packaging must be sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of transportation and environmental conditions while remaining durable, safe and convenient for end users.
What is packaging testing?
Packaging testing encompasses a broad range of specific tests designed to assess the suitability of packaging materials intended for use with a given product. Packaging tests typically simulate anticipated mechanical and climatic conditions that packaging may encounter, and can include:
- Vibration testing - for both random and sinusoidal vibrations
- Shock testing - to address unexpected impacts
- Compression testing - to determine the strength of packaging and to ensure the safety of stacked loads
- Side impact testing - for carton or palletized loading, unloading and shunting
- Tilt testing - to evaluate product stability
- Environmental stress testing - to evaluate the impact of temperature, humidity and thermal cycling
Why is packaging testing important?
Reliable packaging is an essential part of your product offering. Packaging testing provides assurances that your packaging will protect your product from damage or degradation during the transportation and distribution process. Packaging testing can also reduce packaging costs by identify appropriate protection levels and reducing the amount of required packaging materials.
Our services at a glance
TÜV SÜD offers a full range of services for packaging testing that replaces the mechanical and climatic conditions that products may encounter during transportation and storage. As part of our testing programmes, we can determine a product’s susceptibility to damage so that an appropriate level of packaging protection is used. In addition to reducing the risk of damage to products in transit, we can also provide advice on possible cost savings through the removal of excess or unnecessary packaging.
TÜV SÜD’s extensive experience, wide range of capabilities and state-of-the-art testing equipment enables us to test different types of packaging and packaging materials to ensure that they meet industry requirements as well as the application-specific demands. Packaging testing services include:
- Bottom end dome reversal
- Buckle resistance
- Burst resistance
- Carbonation retention
- Closure removal torque
- Corrosion resistance
- Drop impact resistance
- Internal pressure
- Permeability testing
- Secure seal
- Simulated palletizing
- Vibration resistance
- Vertical top load
TÜV SÜD testing facilities have been accredited by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to certify that packaging complies with current ISTA specifications.
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