Whenever a product is made, it is packaged and designed to represent the company.
It must go through vigorous testing to ensure that it meets the standards.
The company itself performs some of the packaging tests while others are tested by OEM’s.
Two types of tests are performed on each packaging, common and specialized.
These tests will ensure that packaging will last under stress and be able to maintain their functionality while keeping their aesthetics.
Why happens to packaging during delivery?
When a product is shipped out, it goes through a tremendous amount of wear and tears through the delivery process.
Companies want to make sure that their packaging is stable enough to withstand extreme conditions.
Packages that are shipped through the ocean must be able to withstand a large amount of salt and moisture since they will be exposed to it continuously during the journey.
Not only that, but they should also be able to handle the drops and hits when packages are loaded and unloaded.
Packages that g through railways need to be robust enough to handle the vibrations from the train and should not get too affected by the bumps along the track.
Truck transport, although the cheapest, faces the harshest conditions.
On top of the usuals bumps, falls and hits, the packages will also have to bear with the extreme temperatures, such as heat or thunderstorms.
This is one of the reasons companies test their packaging to make sure that they will be able to bear the compressions and impacts of delivery.
Types of testing
There are many different types of tests conducted by companies to make sure that the packaging is robust, durable, aesthetically pleasing while maintaining its integrity.
Some of the tests conducted by companies include:
- Machine testing
- Testing with humans
- Environmental conditions test
Machine testing is when the packaging is put into stressful situations to measure features of the packaging such as elasticity, strength, heat shrinking conditions, thickness, and heat-sealing conditions.
This provides the company information about the packaging which they can relay to the consumer.
This also allows them to make changes to the packaging as needed.
Testing with humans
Some packaging requires humans to test it further.