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What makes good packaging?

Packaging is designed to protect your packaged goods from static, dynamic and climatic stresses, such as those that can occur during transport, handling and storage processes. When required, we subject our packaging design to various packaging tests, check packaging materials and simulate transport stresses.

Packaging testing through transport simulation tests

There is a comprehensive set of standards for packaging testing. Corresponding high-value tests can be important for insurance coverage. Testing is carried out according to international standards such as ASTM, ISTA, DIN, EN and ISO. This involves mechanical as well as climatic stresses.

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Scientifically proven packaging testing

Dynamic tests

Dynamic loads are simulated by drop, shake and impact tests. We measure whether the impact of these events is within the limits of the specified sensitivity of the packaged goods. The following are carried out, for example:

  • Vertical and horizontal impact tests
  • Swing tests
  • Crush and stack pressure tests

Climatic tests

Temperature fluctuations can result in condensation inside the packaging. Depending on the outer packaging material, water vapour can also penetrate the packaging from the outside. This could damage moisture-sensitive goods or bare metals. The packaging must be designed to prevent damage.

The climate change test DIN EN IEC 60068-2-30 simulates climatic loads. We can carry out this test in our own climate chambers with a volume of up to 16 m3 .

Chemical-physical tests

Components of packaging materials or even contamination from processing residues can cause unwanted changes to the packaged products (e.g. discolouration or corrosion). Using chemical analyses, we find contaminants and their causes in the production process and can make recommendations on how to avoid them.

Material testing

As well as the load tests, we of course also carry out all the usual material tests, including:

  • Film thickness according to DIN ISO 4593:2019-06
  • Dart drop (film) according to ASTM D 1709/A
  • Tensile and tear strength, elongation at break (films) according to DIN EN ISO 527-3/2
  • Weight per unit area (DIN EN 536)
  • Thickness of solid board (ISO 3034)
  • Burst test on paper