ASTM D5487 Instrumented Drop Testing

Testing Standard:

ASTM D5487 Test Method for Simulated Drop of Loaded Containers by Shock Machines

Standard Number
ASTM D5487

Standard Title
Test Method for Simulated Drop of Loaded Containers by Shock Machines

Overview:

ASTM D5487 is a test method that covers a general procedure utilizing shock machines to replicate the effects of vertical drops of loaded shipping containers, cylindrical containers, and bags or sacks. This test method is a general guideline to conduct the testing accurately with repeatable procedures. Purple Diamond Testing offers ASTM D5487 Testing as part of our packaging and product integrity testing services.

Rationale:

ASTM D5487 – Test Method for Simulated Drop of Loaded Containers by Shock Machines. Can be used to evaluate the protective performance of how shipping containers and inner packaging materials are used to protect their contents from shock hazards that occur during handling. Simulated drops on a shock machine take human error out of the equation compared to ASTM D5276 (Drop Test by Free Fall). This test method is used to create general simulation hazards in a laboratory environment that are 100% repeatable.

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