Drop testing packaging is a way to test the viability of various packaging processes, helping to ensure that packaged products arrive at their destination safely.
To accomplish this, a system is designed to drop packages from varying heights onto a platform that rests upon load cells placed beneath the platform. The load cells output the force of the impact on the packaging sending the load to a data acquisition unit. In addition, by making the platform removable, different platforms can be constructed to test different drops, such as dropping down stairs.
How it works
In the conceptual diagram, four Futek LCF series pancake load cells are mounted on the four corners of the drop test machine base, the test platform is then bolted over the four load cells.
The package is then dropped onto the platform, the load cells in each corner measure and send load data to the USB530 data acquisition unit. The data collected is then displayed, logged and graphed via SENSIT on a PC.
By changing out the test platform, different drop scenarios can be simulated and recorded for study and compliance for various testing standards.