Over the years, since PAConsult tested their first payload, the overall mass and dimensions of packaging systems and the prototypes that need to be tested have increased considerably. Increasingly, customers want their prototypes to be tested in the development phase to ensure that they pass certification tests the first time through. And these trends continue, spurring increased expectations for test equipment performance and the quality of the results. Additionally, this means that entire test systems and real-life assembly test scenarios need to be re-evaluated in order to accommodate the increased dimensions and allowable forces. In plain terms, the capabilities of test equipment must not only be able to reliably handle the mass of the payloads, but also be able to accommodate tall and massive structures under the force loads required to properly test the structure and provide quality results.
These trends are industry wide and particularly visible in the areas of packaging and prototypes. The frequency of testing packaging systems with increased volume and mass has increased considerably. Most industries that are involved in shipping goods (such as specialized shipping companies, automotive suppliers and medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers) have recognized the need for more stringent testing requirements because of data obtained from transport simulation. More frequently, their packaging systems are being tested for mechanical and climatic resistance according to International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and ASTM International standards.
What trends may comeOnly six months after incorporating the new shaker, the expanded test capabilities have become indispensable. The system’s increased force capacity and overturning moment restraint enable tests that customers need and that can currently only be performed by a few independent test laboratories. The speed with which these test capabilities became indispensable demonstrates the need for testing equipment to keep pace with market trends or, better still, stay ahead of the game. Because as market trends generate larger payloads with greater mass, more robust and protective packaging requirements and newer standards, testing must evolve as well.
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