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ASTM D6055 and ASTM D6179 tests now offered at Micom Laboratories

Micom Laboratories is pleased to announce that it now offers ASTM D6055 and ASTM D6179 tests as part of its offering for packaging test services . The purpose of those standards is to test the integrity of the container and the capacity of the content to resist handling. The difference between those two test protocols is the intensity of handling that the samples undergo. Indeed, ASTM D6055 portrays a normal handling while ASTM D6179 simulates a rough one. More precisely, the methods described in ASTM D6055 tend to characterize the response of the shipping unit while it is being handled by a load handling equipment. Whereas, the tests depicted in ASTM D6179 aim to assess the ability of the receptacle to withstand harsh handling through drop, tip, tipover and rolling tests.

ASTM D6055 and ASTM D6179 tests

ASTM D6055 and ASTM D6179 simulate handling conditions that unitized loads, large cases and crates may encounter daily. On the one hand, ASTM D6055 assesses the response of the contents and of the container to a breaking hazard that may occur while they are being handled by a mechanical handling equipment. More precisely, the aspects that may be investigated by that method are: repeated handling of various load-handling machine, repeated lifting, repeated side or sling compression and grabhooks horizontal pressure. Moreover, the test methods that are described in ASTM D6055 are designed to be employed with the actual equipment that will be utilized in the load handling. On the other hand, ASTM D6179 evaluates the response of the contents and of the container to a tough handling. Indeed, it is through the use of drop, tip, tipover or rolling tests that it is possible to appraise the ability of the shipping unit to endure rough handling. Also, the damages observed in those tests give valuable insight on the potential enhancement of the design of the container. Indeed, this is due to the fact that those spoils may correlate in a qualitative way with the ones that may be observed during the actual distribution.

Micom offers packaging testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D6055 and ASTM D6179 tests, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

Micom Laboratories is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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