ASTM D4169 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

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ASTM D4169 Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

Standard Number
ASTM D4169

Standard Title
Test Method for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

Overview:

ASTM D4169 is the primary starting point for testing and validating packaging systems for Distribution. By comparing your packaging systems to the hazards that will be experienced in distribution the correct distribution cycle is selected. This distribution cycle is used to closely simulate the environment the packaging system will experience through shipping. Purple Diamond Testing offers ASTM D 4169 Testing as part of our packaging compliance & validation services.  Purple Diamond Testing offers ASTM D4169 as part of our packaging compliance.

Rationale:

ASTM D4169 – Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems. Can be used to simulate Motor Freight, Rail & Air shipping environments. The standard is used to recreate hazards associated with distribution in a laboratory environment to evaluate and ideally optimize packaging systems. 

According to ASTM.org:

“1.1 This practice provides a uniform basis of evaluating, in a laboratory, the ability of shipping units to withstand the distribution environment. This is accomplished by subjecting them to a test plan consisting of a sequence of anticipated hazard elements encountered in various distribution cycles. This practice is not intended to supplant material specifications or existing reshipment test procedures.

1.2 Consider the use of Practice D7386 for testing of packages for single parcel shipments.

1.3 The suitability of this practice for use with hazardous materials has not been determined.

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

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.”

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