We are equipped to provide Incline Impact Testing of your units that weigh up to 7,500 lbs, at speeds between 36″ per second up to 8 Feet Per Second upon impact. When ocean freight or railcar containerization vessels are loaded, offloaded, placed for staging, or cross-docked they can receive impacts that can shift cargo inside them quite aggressively, causing units to slam into each other or bang into the inside wall of the shipping container. Knowing how your packaging protects your goods is extremely valuable data to have.
Simulating sudden shocks and forces resulting from a truck backing into a loading dock on a frozen plane, rail switching or pallet marshaling impacts or loading and unloading of locomotives simulating the types of shocks experienced by lading in rail switching of rail cars with a standard draft gear.
Incline Impact Testing Procedures
Inclined Impact testing uses testing procedures identified in ISTA Unitized Load Testing (Procedures 1A, B, C, E, G, H; 2A, B, C; 3B, E, K; 4 Series; 6-FEDEX-B; 6-SAMSCLUB, 6-AMAZON.COM), ASTM D4169 (referencing ASTM D880), ASTM D4003, ISO 2244 as well as many customer specific and user required testing protocols & procedures.
Performing Incline Impact testing can typically be one of the most useful tests conducted when identifying the performance of areas critical to optimized packaging performance.
The purpose of the inclined impact test is to determine how well the load containment and shock absorption properties perform under normal and extreme collision conditions. Those conditions include when a truck comes to a sudden stop, an ocean freight container being maneuvered into its location on a ship or dock; and placed against another container or solid wall, or rail-car humping (hooking up train cars together).
Hazards can be affixed to the carriage sled or impact wall, different shapes and sized hazards are used to simulate instances where forks are in the pallet openings. The vertical mast blade portion against the unit load can be detrimental to the safety of the product.
Stopper block hazards on the incline impact testing sled are meant to stop the pallet while allowing the product to slide over &/or lean into the backstop wall. This represents a unit being loaded next to a partial pallet with underhang, where sudden forces can cause the product to shift over toward the adjoining skid.
Stretch wrap and strapping are common materials being evaluated to determine how well they substantiate load containment. Maintaining product location on the surface of a skid or platform is vital in the damage protection of most objects.
Reduce Excessive Packaging
Your unitized load may indeed be over-packaged, testing could very well identify any excess packaging being used and reveal areas where reduced cost is possible. Here at 4D Testing Solutions, Inc., we not only test to find out if the packaging being used is sufficient, but we can also help you identify where cost savings can be implemented as well.
All our package testing procedures include a highly detailed Incline Impact Testing Lab Report for your packaging and shipping management to review.
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