Transportation vibration testing provides packaging designers with a method for predicting the performance of new or redesigned packages when distributed by truck, train, plane, or any mode of transport. The standard provides a uniform basis for evaluation in the laboratory by subjecting shipping containers to a test plan of anticipated hazards encountered in such a transportation environment.
At Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions, we perform transportation vibration testing in adherence to ASTM and ISTA test methods, utilizing a series of tests including drop, impact, compression, vibration, and altitude tests, specific to a particular type of distribution. Tests can be conducted in sequence with the packaging unopened for inspection until completion of testing. The package is then opened, and a determination made concerning its performance.
Transportation Vibration Testing Services and Simulation Facility- ASTM D4169 & ISTA Package Testing Experts
RMTS offers state-of-the art equipment to perform transportation vibration testing for commercial, aerospace, and military products. We offer multiple top-of-the-line electrodynamic vibration testing systems, servo-hydraulic vibration testing systems, and rotary vibration testing systems that can perform vibration and shock testing to simulate the transportation environment.
RMTS can conduct transportation vibration testing per ISTA 3A, 3B, 3F, and 3H; ASTM D4169 “Schedule E;” and MIL-STD-810 Method 514 Procedure II “Loose Cargo Transportation” on products to simulate loose cargo transport in military and commercial vehicles. During vibration tests, products are subjected to vibration profiles specifically developed to simulate truck, off-road, air, and rail shipments.
Transportation Truck Ride Simulator
Maximum Weight: 4,000 lbs
Standard Table Size: 60” x 60”
Expanded Table Size: 60” x 120”
Displacement: 1 inch (peak to peak)
Frequency Range: 2 Hz to 5 Hz
Standards for Transportation Vibration Testing
Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions has the expertise to perform transportation vibration testing in accordance with these common test specifications and more:
- Mil-Std 810 – Method 514 Procedure II Loose Load Vibration
- ASTM D999 – Method A2 Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
- ASTM D4169 – Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
- ASTM D4728 – Random Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
- ASTM D7386 – Performance Testing of Packages for Single Parcel Delivery Systems
- Mil-STD-810 – Method 514 Procedure I General Vibration
- ISTA-6-FEDEX-A – Testing Package Products Weighing up to 150 lbs
- ISTA 3A, 3B, 3F, 3H, and more
- Customer Specified
Why the ASTM D4169 Performance Standard to Begin With?
The performance approach has been practiced for many years in some industries outside of packaging. It is a systematic way to define the desired features of a packaged product and determine if it fulfills necessary requirements satisfactorily without regard to the specific materials used. Within the specified requirements of a performance standard, packaging designers may use their creativity and knowledge to produce a product that is both cost-effective and safe. There is general agreement within government and industry that performance standards are more likely to encourage innovative packaging designs and less likely to hold back competitive product development than if standards specify materials or design methods.
Validating Package Strength and Integrity
RMTS maintains the range of equipment and the ASTM experience necessary to deliver accurate results, analysis, validation, and recommendations that you can rely on. Our experienced technicians are always careful to adhere strictly to industry safety standards throughout the testing process. This ensures the safety of our team and of your product.
At the completion of transportation vibration testing, we guarantee a thorough report necessary to product qualification as part of our third-party validation testing services. To schedule your transportation vibration testing or to speak with one of our representatives about developing the right test for your product, contact Rocky Mountain Testing Solutions today.
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