Understanding the pointGUARD® Concept - Part 5: Putting it to the test
You can talk all you want about how great your products are, but at the end of the day, talk is...well just talk. I briefly mentioned our testing data in my last blog post, but I wanted to expand on not only the results, but how the testing process works. First, let me introduce you to our testing professionals.
Meet the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design:
We took our pointGUARD® pallet protection products to the world renown Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. If there is one place that can determine if your pallet (or packaging for that matter) is worth it's salt, this is the place.
These folks know what they are doing. Not only have they been around for several decades, but they now have the capabilities to test the entire unit load, that is the product, packaging, and pallet. This can help determine the most cost-efficient way to ship your product, without compromising safety or the integrity of the product itself. You can read more about the CPULD here.
Testing overview and types:
We put our initial design, the pointGUARD® protector designed to fit a 48" x 40" block pallet, thru a durability test. It's most commonly referred to as the ASTM 1185 test program. This is a standardized test method for pallets and related structures employed in materials handling and shipping. We also put it, as well as the 48" x 40" stringer pallet, thru a "real-world" test, which is called the FasTrack or Life Cycle test. This test simulates a warehouse environment and puts the pallet through a series of steps that mimics what a pallet would face in an everyday service life.
ASTM 1185 (Durability) Test:
There are several facets of the ASTM 1185 test program, but the three that most revealed how our plastic protectors made a difference were the incline impact test of blocks, the incline impact test of pallet edges, and the custom end-board pull-up resistance against strapping. All three of these tests measure how strong the actual blocks or lead boards are.
Control pallets (pallets that did not have our plastic protector installed) and identical pallets that had the pointGUARD® pallet protectors installed were tested. The goal is to measure the average estimated kinetic energy. The higher the average needed to damage a block or lead board, the stronger the pallet.
The results showed remarkable increase in the durability in pallets with pointGUARD® Protected pallets! Take a look...
Life Cycle (Fastrack) Test:
Testing kinetic energy is great, but what about the actual day-to-day wear and tear that a wooden pallet goes through. That's is where the Fastrack test comes into play. We tested both our block (LX40B) and our stringer version (LX40S) during this test. The results were phenomenal...
I'm going to examine the installation aspect of pointGUARD® Pallet Protection Products.