Package testing is an essential requirement for any product being shipped either domestically, or internationally. The hazards a packaged product is exposed to during transport are well documented, and there are numerous international test standards that provide options for testing.

At our lab in Christchurch we have Electrodynamic Shakers capable of performing transport vibration, package drop testers for dropping samples up to 80kg and from 2 meters or below, and a mechanical shock tester for package compression and shock tests.

In addition we can perform UV, condensation and climatic testing on your packages.

HALT & HASS Consulting can conduct packaging testing for all products, including:

  • Consumer electronics.
  • High end server equipment.
  • Medical or bio-technlogy equipment.
  • Hazardous Materials.

The following test standards may be applied to your package testing:

  • ASTM Test series.
  • ISTA Procedures
  • ISO general packaging test series.
  • ISO 11607: Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices.
  • EN 868-1: Packaging Materials and systems for medical devices which are to be sterilized.

When to Perform Package Testing

HALT & HASS Consulting recommends that package testing be performed towards the end of the prototyping phase, or early in pilot production to ensure the product, and packaging configuration are close to the final iteration. Package testing should be conducted on products as they will leave the manufacturing facility.

General Packaging

Items that are not hazardous nature, and are not subject to sterility requirements fall under general packaging. Packaging of equipment such as consumer, or commercial electronics, toys, robotics, and mechanical items all come under this type of packaging.

For general packaging the following tests are typically performed.

  • Pre-Conditioning, and/or aging.
  • Temperature, humidity, and pressure.
  • Vibration – sinusoidal and/or random.
  • Shock Testing.
  • Drop Testing.
  • Compression Testing.
  • Impact Testing.

Medical Packaging

Medical packaging refers to items that must remain completely sterile throughout handling, transport, and storage. Devices such as cryo tubes, sterile pouches, medical instruments, and biotechnology samples are examples of products requiring a more structured packaging test.

ISO 11607 Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices outlines testing to be conducted as required by the FDA, and other international regulatory bodies. Some examples of the tests that may be applied to medical equipment include:

  • Pre-Conditioning, and/or aging.
  • Temperature, humidity, and pressure.
  • Peel, burst, and bubble tests.
  • Vaccum tests.
  • Shock testing.
  • Dye penetration tests.

Contact us to discuss your medical packaging test requirements.

Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Packaging

Our international partners are certified by the US Department of Transportation to provide Third Party Hazardous Material Packaging Certification.  Hazmat Certification is available for Single, Combination, Infectious Material and Radioactive Packagings.  In addition, the use of large capacity test equipment allows Lansmont Testing Services to certify Intermediate Bulk Containers at weights up to 6000 lb.

Hazmat Packages with plastic bags or bottles requiring heat seals must be filled and sealed prior to delivery to the Testing Lab.  All Hazmat packagings can be filled on-site using water, antifreeze or various density solids as appropriate.

In addition to performance-oriented hazardous material packaging testing required by the US DOT, HALT & HASS Consulting international partners also provide Hazmat Certification testing to the following standards:

  • UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.
  • ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.
  • National Standard of Canada CAN/CGSB-43.150-97.
  • IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.