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.
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My career has been focused on simulating real life in the lab under controlled yet accelerated conditions. My passion for lab testing lead me to start Micom Laboratories Inc. 16 years ago. Through time I made sure Micom has the necessary equipment to simulate various environmental parameters such as the sun, vibrations, heat, cold, thermal shocks and humidity. I wanted to be able to move things back and forth, apply stresses to the products and materials we test and see how they react to the various stimuli. To do so we test products and materials against known standards and specifications (certification) and in many cases by creating my own test protocols and specifications (this is the cherry on top of the sundae…). This is what led me to participate in many standards writing committees and to become chairman of some of these committees.