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This specification covers the requirements, acceptable criteria, and testing procedures for examining loaded shipping containers. Drop, vibration, and compression tests shall be performed to measure the ability of the shipping container to protect the product from shock, vibration, and compression forces encountered during normal export handling and shipping conditions. This specification is not intended to supplant material specifications or existing preshipment test procedures, and is not intended for use with hazardous materials as well.
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1.1 This specification covers the procedures for testing loaded shipping containers. Drop, vibration and compression tests are performed to measure the ability of the shipping container to protect the product from shock, vibration and compressive forces encountered during normal export handling and shipping conditions. This specification is not intended to supplant material specifications or existing preshipment test procedures. This specification is not intended for use with hazardous materials.
1.2 These procedures are suitable for all types of laboratory apparatus, including reusable and disposable macro and micro products.
1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.4 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 4, of this specification: 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.
D642 Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads
D685 Practice for Conditioning Paper and Paper Products for Testing
D999 Test Methods for Vibration Testing of Shipping Containers
D1083 Test Methods for Mechanical Handling of Unitized Loads and Large Shipping Cases and Crates
D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging
D4169 Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems
D5276 Test Method for Drop Test of Loaded Containers by Free Fall
ICS Number Code 55.180.40 (Complete, filled transport packages)
UNSPSC Code 41100000(Laboratory and scientific equipment)