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ASTM D6344 standard now offered at Micom Laboratories

Micom Laboratories is delighted to announce that it now offers the ASTM D6344 standard as part of its packaging testing services. This method describes a procedure which allows to assess the ability of a complete filled transport package to withstand concentrated low-level impacts comparable to the ones that encountered in the distribution through the use of an apparatus. Moreover, it is important to outline that this standard is similar to a test present in the sequence of ISTA 3B and that the acceptance criteria are the same ones that are stated in ASTM D4169 .

ASTM D6344 test

The aim of ASTM D6344 is to assess the ability of the packaging to withstand concentrated impacts from outside sources by simulating these latter through the use of an apparatus. More specifically, it is through the pairing of a cylindrical mass with a full radius with a guided free fall, a non-guided free fall or a pendulum movement that it is possible to replicate the impact hazards that are encountered in the various modes of transportation on the specimen. Moreover, by conducting the test on the faces that are most susceptible to receive an impact, it is possible to gain insight on the packaging arrangement inside the package, namely clearance space and/or support between the packages wall and the content. For instance, large containers are subjected to impacts on the four vertical faces and on the top while all the faces of small packages are exposed. Lastly, it is important to point out that this test protocol does not provide acceptation criteria. Hence, it is necessary to employ the ones that are mentioned on ASTM D4169.

Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D6344 test, 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

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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