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New ASTM D4169 version released in 2016

A new ASTM D4169 version was released in June 2016 by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).  The ASTM D4169 is a standard practice for performance testing of shipping containers and systems.

This standard replaces the previous 2014 version and aims at providing, under laboratory controlled environment, uniform basis of evaluating the ability of shipping units to withstand distribution environments. For that purpose, the packaged products are exposed to different hazard elements encountered in the package distribution cycle.

The changes in the 2016 version are mainly affecting the random vibration tests, more specifically the Vehicle Vibration simulating the Truck profile.

In the previous D4169 test version each Assurance Level had its own corresponding vibration profile. In the 2016 version, the Assurance Levels were abandoned for Random Vibration option. Therefore, the vibration tests are not affected anymore by the predefined Assurance Level. As a result, three test levels are now proposed and are distributed in one hour loops on each shipping orientation as follow:

The new ASTM D4169 test available at Micom Technologies

The new ASTM D4169 test levels

  • Low Level: 40 minutes (0.40 Grms)
  • Medium Level: 15 minutes (0.54 Grms)
  • High Level: 5 minutes (0.70 Grms)

As a matter of fact, the Medium Level shares the same power spectral density levels as the ISTA “Steel Spring Truck”. The recommended three hours test duration is still unchanged where no specific instructions are advising to do differently.

The ASTM D4169 Vehicle Vibration test with Truck Profile has significantly changed since the previous version. Even though your package was tested on the 2014 release, a retest will be required for compliance to the new standard if your distribution cycle involves Vehicle Vibration.

If you have any questions about the new ASTM D4169 test, we invite you to contact our material testing lab today. It will be our pleasure to discuss with new ASTM D4169 test with you and review your custom testing requirements.


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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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