ASTM D642 Compression Testing of Shipping Containers

Testing Standard:

ASTM D642 Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads

Standard Number
ASTM D642

Standard Title
Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads

Overview:

ASTM D642 is a test method that measures the compressive resistance ability of the corrugated shipping containers. The ability to confirm if a box will meet the intended compression resistance required is essential during box design. Purple Diamond Testing offers ASTM D642 Testing as part of our packaging compliance and validation services.

Rationale:

ASTM D642 – Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads. This test method is useful in identifying the shipper’s max compression resistance by testing it empty and by testing it full. The amount of load share expected from the inner contents can be calculated. Also possible to evaluate how the corrugated reacts to different environmental conditions such as high humidity exposure.

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