ASTM D6537 - 00(2014)

    Standard Practice for Instrumented Package Shock Testing For Determination of Package Performance

    Active Standard ASTM D6537 | Developed by Subcommittee: D10.13

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.10


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This practice is intended to provide the user with a process to obtain data on package performance when a packaged product is subjected to shock. These measures can be used to quantify or qualify a package system.

    4.2 Data from this practice may provide a measure of a package's ability to mitigate the various levels of shipping shock or impact hazards. These measures may be used to prescribe a mode of shipping and handling that will not induce damage to the packaged product or to define the required levels of protection that must be provided by its packaging.

    4.3 This practice could potentially be used in conjunction with the data derived from Test Method D3332 (Method B) for optimizing cushion design.

    4.4 This practice obtains data at the interface of the product and package (coupled) or element response, depending on the intent of the user (see 10.1 and 10.1.1).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers methods for obtaining measured shock responses using instrumentation for an actual or simulated product package system when subjected to defined shock inputs to measure package performance.

    1.2 This practice establishes methods for obtaining measured shock data for use with shock and impact test methods. It is not intended as a substitute for performance testing of shipping containers and systems such as Practice D4169.

    1.3 This practice will address acceleration measuring techniques. Other ways of measuring shock impacts, such as high speed video, are not covered by this practice.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments

    D3332 Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machines

    D4003 Test Methods for Programmable Horizontal Impact Test for Shipping Containers and Systems

    D4169 Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems

    D5276 Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall

    D5277 Test Method for Performing Programmed Horizontal Impacts Using an Inclined Impact Tester

    D5487 Test Method for Simulated Drop of Loaded Containers by Shock Machines

    D6055 Test Methods for Mechanical Handling of Unitized Loads and Large Shipping Cases and Crates

    D6179 Test Methods for Rough Handling of Unitized Loads and Large Shipping Cases and Crates

    ISO Standard

    10012 Quality Assurance for Measuring Equipment Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 23152900(Packaging machinery)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6537

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