Practice for Performance Testing of Packages for Single Parcel Delivery Systems
Overview for ASTM D7386:
Rationale for ASTM D7386:
Specific equipment is used in order to uphold to the ASTM D7386 – Small Parcel Package Testing. Here at Purple Diamond, our 1,500 sq. ft. plus laboratory holds over ten pieces of key equipment or technology as it relates to the ASTM D7386 – Small Parcel Package Testing. A few of the specific and key pieces of equipment include: the temperature and humidity chamber, the hazard unit free drop fall tester, the fork truck, the vacuum chamber, the dart, and more.
We are equipped to handle all of your small parcel/single package testing needs here at the lab. Our technicians are happy to provide a no-obligation consultation in order to work out any questions before getting started. The next step would be to send a sample or two on over to our location!
Through working together, we will determine what the packaged good’s product outcome should look like when it arrives to it’s destination’s door. Both parties will accept the terms are understood and obtainable. Criteria for ASTM D7386 can be as simple as a pass/fail judgment, or there can be quantitative data. Both the criteria and what is ultimately decided for the package will be determined based on the package’s circumstances and the needs described previously.
Here are the steps more in depth:
1) Determine and describe the sample sizes.
2) Determine what is considered pass/fail.
3) Write out a test plan of action.
4) Pick the actual sample for the test.
5) Prepare samples for testing (conditioning).
6) Perform the actual tests according to the ASTM D7386 standard.
7) Evaluate results of the test.
8) Write down all test findings.
9) Monitor the shipments in both the simulated distribution and the actual distribution.
10) Make any changes necessary if new product or packaging is determined for another new product.
Some of the hazards that a packaged shipment will encounter on the road, in the air, or on the sea includes, but is not limited to: handling, both manual and automated; vibration; impact, both high and low; punctures, concentrated and non; drops.
As mentioned previously, Purple Diamond has the capability to simulate these hazardous elements by using it’s resources, aka heavy duty machinery. Some of the tests performed according to ASTM D7386 are the drop impact, the vibration and the vibration under load, the bridgeimpact, the hazard impact, the high altitude, concentrated impacts, tip-over impacts, rotational edge drops and more.
The more environments and shipping conditions change, the more Purple Diamond will adapt to making sure it’s customers adhere to the standards of the packaging world. This is for the good of both the end-receiver, as well as the distribution company. In the long run, performing these tests can potentially save your company from losing thousands, if not millions of dollars, if there is even one faulty leak in a package. Then the whole product line will more than likely be defective.
Don’t wait! Give us a call, fill out a form, or reach out directly via email. We provide no-obligation initial consultations and help you through the whole entire packaging process, from start to finish. If your current package isn’t working, then we will help to design a new one and get that to market. If you are just looking for a face-lift or re-design, that is something our packaging experts can handle as well. We have a wide range of possibilities for you. In addition to the transport testing, you can find below other related standards. We can accommodate just about any kind of packaging, including large items up to and over 5,000 pounds.