How do companies know that their items will arrive at your door safely? After all, there are countless dangers to the item inside of a package when on route to your home. These can include potholes, mislabels accidental drops, packages not being secured correctly, and more. Package testing seeks to understand the stress that a cardboard box can go through and ensures that the package can withstand it.
Package testing is done to make sure a package can survive what it might encounter in the field, and can even be done to reproduce the damage that customers face. That way the package can be defended from that stressor next time. Testing is often required by law when food, medicine, and other types of goods are transported out because the primary focus of a package is to defend the item inside during the travel to the consumer.
There are several different types of tests, and a few of them include the following. Packages that hold food can be tested against insects to see if the creatures can get in, or if the package is insect proof. They also test how well the package protects the item inside from temperature. Child resistant packaging is often tested against real children, to ensure that they won’t be able to get inside, but the adults will.
Food items are often tested with degradation in a package, to see how well the package defends the item from the elements and improves its shelf life. Then the data can be analyzed and the proposed packaging can either be accepted or not due to the results.
It’s really interesting to think about all that goes into the packaging industry, especially since we use packages every single day. Every single one has been tested, and that’s why they do their jobs so well.