Are you like millions of other consumers who place an online order and eagerly wait for your goods without thinking about the behind-the-scenes processes that take place to get the package to your doorstep safely? Conscientious companies consider customers’ needs and how to safely package materials so that products arrive undamaged. In fact, Amazon, noted as the world’s best business, set up packing certification guidelines so that vendors can reduce package waste and shipping costs, all while protecting the products being shipped.
In an effort to help its vendors, Amazon created the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network, which makes up more than 40 businesses dedicated to helping Amazon vendors supply, design and test packaging so that it meets the packaging certification setup by Amazon. However, Amazon APASS testing is not the pioneer in packaging testing. For decades companies have been using state-of-the-art testing equipment to ensure that packaging doesn’t fail in transit.
Professional packaging engineers consider more than just the box that the items go in. Some companies provide material testing that helps establish the structural integrity of the material’s package, as well as how shipping and handling may affect those materials.
Seal Strength Testing
Used to prove the overall reliability of the package seal, the seal strength test is designed to measure the heat seal of thermoform and flexible barrier packaging materials, which is especially important for the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
Accelerated Aging Testing
Another interesting test performed by packaging companies is the accelerated aging test, which uses high humidity and temperatures to determine the useful lifespan of a product. This is a test that should be performed on medical products or goods that are ingested.
An excitement comes from receiving a package that was ordered online. However, getting a dented, leaking or otherwise broken product is not only a letdown but also a hassle when it comes to returning the damaged item. Luckily there are companies devoted to package testing and helping protect consumer goods.